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The Contested Identities of Ulster Protestants

  • Thomas Paul Burgess
  • Gareth Mulvenna

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Thomas Paul Burgess, Gareth Mulvenna
    Pages 1-8
  3. Malachi O’Doherty
    Pages 31-38
  4. Stephen Baker
    Pages 83-97
  5. Graham Reid
    Pages 147-158
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-209

About this book


This study explores the idea voiced by journalist Henry McDonald that the Protestant, Unionist and Loyalist tribes of Ulster are '…the least fashionable community in Western Europe'. A cast of contributors including prominent politicians, academics, journalists and artists explore the reasons informing public perceptions attached to this community.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Paul Burgess
    • 1
  • Gareth Mulvenna
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Applied Social StudiesUniversity College CorkIreland
  2. 2.School of Politics, International Studies and PhilosophyQueen’s University BelfastUK

About the editors

Robbie McVeigh, Independent Scholar, UK Henry McDonald, The Observer Eoghan Harris, Sunday Independent Billy Hutchinson, Progressive Unionist Party in Northern Ireland Brian Kennaway, Irish Association for Cultural, Economic, and Social Relations Dr Stephen Baker, University of Ulster, UK Graham Reid, Independent Scholar, U Fidelma Ashe, University of Ulster, UK Caireen McCluskey, Independent Scholar, UK John Wilson, University of Ulster, UK Alistair J. McReynolds University of Ulster, UK James Greer, Queen's University Belfast, UK Neil Symington, Independent Scholar, UK Dr. Paul Burgess, University College Cork, Ireland Dr Gareth Mulvenna, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Bibliographic information


'Confident societies tend not to obsess about identity. But Northern Ireland does. The identity which is most debated at present is that of northern Protestants. Contested Identities is a timely and thought-provoking series of essays exploring the various

manifestations of that identity. As such it will immeasurably assist our understanding of a community which often feels misunderstood and marginalised.'

Professor Marianne Elliott, Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, UK

'The Ulster Protestant identity is complex and often misunderstood. This work offers an insight into many aspects of a culture which is diverse and unpredictable. Much will surprise. An important book, which will enlighten many who have a narrow view of the 'Ulster Prod'.'

Ken Reid, Political Editor, Ulster Television, UK

'This volume provides much-needed depth, context, dimensions and empathy.'

Alasdair McKillop, Scottish Review of Books