Mary Kenny

Joined at the Hip

The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border

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We have become aware that once Brexit is completed the land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will also be one that separates the United Kingdom from the European Union. It’s an exceptionally winding border, sometimes along country lanes. On occasions the only sign that you have changed states may be the sight of a red or green postbox, or, on a main road, the switch from miles to kilometres and the addition of place names in Irish. Personally, I rather like this diversity – it makes life interesting when, all of a sudden, you are under another jurisdiction – but the border has also been a cause of headaches ever since it was formally established in 1923. 

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