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Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland remained under UK administration when the rest of Ireland became independent in 1921 and blends the two nations of which it is a part. A distinctive society has developed here, especially the historic cultural divide between Nationalists (Catholics of Irish descent) and Loyalists (Protestants of English and Scottish descent) – each group has its own traditions. Yet between Northern Ireland and the Republic there are more similarities than differences, from music, to food and drink, to the landscape – indeed, some of the north’s scenery is among the best in the country.

1. Castle Coole

The mansion built in the 1790s ...

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