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To ask NI mumsneters to answer this question regarding identity

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morningrunner Fri 25-Nov-16 08:42:36

What one word do you feel best describes your identity from a cultural / political perspective:

Unionist / British / Protestant

Nationalist / Catholic / Irish

Just my own curiosity by the way - I'm not reaserching for a paper or anything

Trooperslane Fri 25-Nov-16 08:56:53


NI born and bred. I'm an catholic atheist.

Wish I could have an NI passport because I think we all have an identity crisis going on.

BakerStreetSaxRift Fri 25-Nov-16 08:57:47

I would usually say just "Northern Irish".

From your list, British.

Never had any interest in religion so don't feel Protestant, Catholic, nationalist or unionist. I'm from a bit of NI where nobody cares about that stuff at all. People are just people.

BroomstickOfLove Fri 25-Nov-16 08:59:38

Irish. I'm from a liberal/Nationalist Protestant background and now live in England. My children are English. I'm Irish.

BroomstickOfLove Fri 25-Nov-16 09:02:06

But more specifically, Northern Irish, because in many ways I have more in common with NI people who have a different identity from me than I do with people in the Republic of Ireland or England, Scotland and Wales.

Maudlinmaud Fri 25-Nov-16 09:02:10

Also identify as Northern Irish, never really understood the religion I was brought up in so don't bother now.

PlayingGrownUp Fri 25-Nov-16 09:03:56

Northern Irish and Alliance if I have to pick a party.

SitDownMarlene Fri 25-Nov-16 09:04:45

Second BakerStreet - I'd say Northern Irish, but from your choices British.

I'm from a place where a certain amount of people do care about religion etc but I don't, and I keep myself well out of it. Find this works best for me, I've friends from all sides & we just don't discuss it.

GentleOnMyMind Fri 25-Nov-16 09:06:36


Aliasnumberone Fri 25-Nov-16 09:07:13

I'd say northern Irish too. I don't feel British and i think it would be disingenuous to identify as Irish when our family is Protestant and has Scottish/English heritage, but if I had to choose between being British or Irish, I'd rather be Irish.... It's complicated isn't it

SlatternIsTrying Fri 25-Nov-16 09:07:16

Northern Irish. I am proud of my country and its (flawed) identity. I truly believe we are an individual lot that deserves its own title.

British from your list.

Flixy102 Fri 25-Nov-16 09:15:13

If people ask if I'm Irish I'll usually correct them and say I'm Northern Irish, not for any political or religious reasons, just because I think it's more accurate smile

I also have a British passport and would answer British if asked my nationality.

Cakescakescakes Fri 25-Nov-16 09:17:16

Northern Irish. I don't feel British or Irish. I think being from NI gives you a very different set of cultural influences than being from either Great Britain or Ireland.
I have British and Irish passports but would love a Northern Irish one.

MistressMerryWeather Fri 25-Nov-16 09:26:16


roundandroundthehouses Fri 25-Nov-16 09:32:24

I consider myself Northern Irish. My Dad changed from non-practising Catholic to Presbyterian Protestant to marry my mother so I was brought up Protestant but don't practise or feel affinity to any religion as an adult. If I had to pick one of your choices I'd have to say British as my dh is English, I lived in England for many years and one of my dc was born there. But it wouldn't feel totally right.

PeppermintInfusion Fri 25-Nov-16 12:12:31

I would generally say "northern Irish". If I could be officially Northern Irish I would be, I don't really fee either British or Irish.
If someone says to me "are you Irish?" (Thinking non-U.K. person) I would usually agree or say "yes... well northern Irish". But if they referred to me as Irish I wouldn't correct them.

If someone asked my nationality, I would say British as that is the passport I've had the longest (I have both).

Religiously I wouldn't even bother to call myself atheist, I'm interested in political issues but have no leaning to one party.

KeithRichardsPetCat Fri 25-Nov-16 12:15:53

Born in Belfast

I am Northern Irish

From your list? British, Protestant

I possess a British passport; but I would love to be officially "Northern Irish"

I come from a mixed's no big deal to me; but I'll correct someone if they refer to me as "Irish" grin

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