PM marks centenary of the partition of Ireland and formation of Northern Ireland

Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson attended a Service of Reflection and Hope this morning at Armagh Cathedral, Northern Ireland, to mark the Centenary of the partition of Ireland and the formation of Northern Ireland.

Politicians from both sides of the Irish border took part in the cross-community event with around 130 people attending the service at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, the numbers limited due to Covid.

The Queen had been due to attend but was advised not to travel on medical grounds.

The monarch, who is 95, is reported to be in “good spirits” but “disappointed” that she was longer able to make the trip and undertake her engagements there.

Northern Ireland was established on 3rd May 1921 after the partition of Ireland and decades of turmoil between unionists, who wanted to remain a part of the United Kingdom and nationalists, who wanted independence.

The border divided the 32-county island into two separate jurisdictions. Six counties in the north-east became Northern Ireland, which is still part of the UK. The other 26-county territory became the Irish Free State, but is now the Republic of Ireland.

Today’s service called “A Service of Reflection and Hope,” was organised by the leaders of the main Protestant and Catholic Churches.

It began with the ringing of the cathedral bell before the Dean of Armagh, Rev Shane Forster, sent his good wishes to the Queen.

The church leaders then delivered their personal reflections on the creation of Northern Ireland at the centenary service.

Irish president Michael D Higgins declined an invitation to attend the event, as he said he felt the event “had become politicised.”

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  1. This is smashing, good to see our loyal PM mixing with the people of Ireland, perhaps a trade deal is on the horizon! 👏🏻


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