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Ulster's changing borders




Ulster 1This archaeological/historical project was carried out by Judith Carroll and Company in 2007. This was commissioned by a group of local authorities, as a heritage tourism project to help open the border regions between the northern UK jurisdiction and the Republic of Ireland for tourism. Its aim was to promote the rich joint heritage of the border counties.

The project was led by Banbridge District Council and counties studied were those of the east border region and comprised counties Louth and Monaghan and parts of Armagh and Down with the Districts of Armagh, Newry & Mourne and Banbridge. The project had a theme and was named 'Ulster's changing borders', the archaeology and history of the east border region and the changes in the border from earliest times.

The present border is between the six counties of Northern Ireland and the 26 counties of the Republic. The 'border' in some shape or form has always been present between the province of Ulster and the rest of Ireland and the concept of a border or a cultural division around the east border counties is examined from its beginnings in prehistory. The Neolithic in Ireland, for example, is unique to the whole of Ireland and its culture is spread throughout the country. Yet its monuments are concentrated in distribution in the northern half of Ireland above a line from Sligo to Cavan and Monaghan. The distribution of Anglo-Norman mottes, on the other hand, shows a clear antipathy to the lands outside the east and south of Ireland, with a cut off line at north Louth to Monaghan.



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