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Roughly, Northern Ireland/Ulster/The Province/Norn Iron/The Occupied Six Counties/the North of Ireland/British Ireland/British-''occupied'' Ireland/The Fourth Green Field/Tuaisceart Éireann/Norlin Airlann.

People can't even agree on the name of this place: choosing whether to say "Londonderry" or "Derry" is equivalent to coming down on one side or the other of [[UsefulNotes/TheIrishQuestion The Question]]. No wonder UsefulNotes/TheTroubles were so bad. Northern Irish is, sadly, perceived as one of the worst UK accents - whether this is because of the association with UsefulNotes/TheTroubles is a question for scholars. Of course, there is an alternate argument which contends that the Northern Irish accent is merely incomprehensible and vaguely threatening which makes it sound worse than it really is. This doesn't stop either the English or Americans incessantly crying, "Oh, I just LOVE your accent. So quaint!".

%%"...and that's when I hit him, yer honour."

The region is also known as "Stroke Country", a reference to a local joke name for the city of Londonderry/Derry. That thing between the words "Londonderry" and "Derry" is called a "stroke" in some versions of English. An American would call it a "slash", which could have some [[Main/{{SlashFic}} pretty strange]] unintended implications (William of Orange/James II FoeYay?). The city is officially called Londonderry, but has a City Council that calls it "Derry". An attempt to compromise is "The Maiden City", since it wasn't breached in a 1689 siege.

In UsefulNotes/{{Dublin}}, Stroke Country is generally referred to simply as "the North", except in official documents and the news (though sometimes they will use 'the North' too). This is probably not politically motivated as most people in Northern Ireland refer to the Republic as "Down South" or simply "the South". Old-fashioned Irish nationalists might refer to "the Occupied Six" etc. People who want to make a point of how ''un''nationalist they are will use "Northern Ireland", even in casual conversation.

"Ulster" is never used in the south, because only two-thirds of the old province of Ulster is in the North (er... you know what I mean). The remainder (Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan) are not.

Conversely, 'Ulster' is widely used by unionists of various hues, as is "the Province". Technically both are inaccurate, but the second one is considerably less politicised and is often used elsewhere in the UK - the BBC often refers to the area as "the Province".

Its people are generally laid-back, but a little more grim and stoic than the Republic. They can, amusingly, claim dual citizenship; forms for both Irish and British passports sit side by side in post offices.

The local flavour of {{ITV}}, UTV (or until 1993, Ulster Television - it changed its name mainly to get advertisers to sell to its thousands of viewers in the Republic), used to embody 'regional programming' (teatime "good news" programme before the proper news, replacing ''Tonight with Trevor Mc Donald'' with an actual current affairs programme, a Friday night live chat show that ran for 16 years), but, apart from continuity announcements to soap operas by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kqkavY6nFU this guy]] (who really is a trope unto himself), it's now a reskin of ITV1 with regional news. This is an [[http://www.elementalsoup.com/spidemanissue2.html improvement]].

The BBC's NI branch is mostly the same as in Britain, though it did give us ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/gmhp/ Give My Head Peace]]'', which helped launch the television careers of '[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hole_in_the_Wall_Gang_(comedy) The Hole in the Wall Gang]]'.

Stroke Country has produced several notable figures in entertainment and the arts, though internationally they are usually identified as either or Irish or British rather than Northern Irish as such - thus Creator/LiamNeeson and Seamus Heaney - from Nationalist backgrounds - are universally considered 'Irish' while KennethBranagh and Creator/CSLewis - from Unionist backgrounds - are almost universally considered 'British' (despite both identifying culturally as "Irish"). An exception to this rule is curmudgeonly singer/songwriter {{Van Morrison}}. Although born a Belfast Prod, from the ultra-Loyalist Sandy Row area of the city, he is universally thought of as Irish and has never contradicted this. The only thing that will unite Northern Irish people who think of themselves as "Irish" and "British" is their outrage [[TooDumbToLive if you call them "English"]].

Fiction set in Northern Ireland that doesn't involve UsefulNotes/TheTroubles:

* ''Hellsing'' (end of OVA episode 1)
* ''MobileSuitGundam'' (the episode 'Char Returns' is set in Belfast, as are several levels in the videogames based on the original series)

People from Northern Ireland:

* John Hume
* ColinMorgan
* DiamandaHagan
* [[TheChroniclesOfNarnia CS Lewis]]
* LiamNeeson
* [[Music/VanMorrison Van Morrison]]
* [[Music/ThinLizzy Gary Moore]]
* [[{{Glee}} Damian McGinty]]
* [[Music/DefLeppard Vivian Campbell]]
* KennethBranagh
* Seamus Heaney
* James Burke (of ''Series/{{Connections}}'' fame. Traces of Derry slip into his otherwise RP speech, particularly in words ending with "r".)
* [[Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey Jamie Dornan]]
* Rory McIlroy
* [[Music/SnowPatrol Gary Lightbody]]
* Ciarán Hinds
* Lord William Thomson Kelvin, famous physicist.
* All three members of [[Music/TwoDoorCinemaClub Two Door Cinema Club]]
* [[RayDonovan Paula Malcolmson]]
* From GameOfThrones: Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Ian McElhinney (Ser Barristan Selmy), Conleth Hill (Varys), Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion) and the abovementioned Ciarán Hinds... Not really surprising given the fact that Northern Ireland is the show's primary filming location.
* James Nesbitt
* [[{{Series/Dexter}} Ray Stevenson]]

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