Monday, 10 August 2015

NORTHERN IRELAND ( Tuaisceart Éireann (Irish) Norlin Airlann (Ulster Scots)

Northern Ireland (IrishTuaisceart Éireann Ulster ScotsNorlin Airlann or Norlin Airlan) is apart of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the northeast of the island of Ireland. It is variously described as a countryprovince, or region of the United Kingdom, amongst other terms. Northern Ireland shares a border to the south and west with the Republic of Ireland. In 2011, its population was 1,810,863, constituting about 30% of the island's total population and about 3% of the UK's populationNorthern Ireland was created in 1921, when Ireland was partitioned between Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland by an act of the British parliament. Unlike Southern Ireland, which would become the Irish Free State in 1922, the majority of Northern Ireland's population were unionists, who wanted to remain within the United Kingdom,  most of whom were the Protestant descendants of colonists from Great Britain; however, a significant minority, mostly Catholics, were nationalists who wanted a united Ireland independent of British rule. Today, the former generally see themselves as British and the latter generally see themselves as Irish; some people from both persuasions describe themselves as Northern Irish.

My specially prepared 3 covers came back perfectly from Northern Ireland. The covers sent by my good friend David from Ireland, He took a special effort to get perfectly postmarked covers from N.Irish post office. This cover I prepared with all 5 Great Britain regional definitive stamps. Years back Royal mail issued Queen's head definitive stamps for different regions with their coat of arm, but now all stamps are issuing without regional difference. The first one from left is England, the Wales, Then Scotland, next is Channel Islands and the last one is N.Ireland. When Channel Islands ( Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man) established individual postal systems and separated from Royal Mail, they stopped issuing definitive stamps from the shown series.

This is my another cover prepared myself with only N.Ireland definitive stamps. You can see the coat of arm of N.Ireland on the top left side of the stamps. A pure N.Ireland cover posted from Belfast, its capital city.

This is my third cover from N.Ireland with N.Ireland related stamps. You can see the country name written on them. These covers sent by David from Belfast on July 29, 2015, I received them on August 07, 2015. Thank You David for your big help for getting these gems in my collection

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