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The Plantation of Ulster introduced three main Protestant traditions and several smaller ones but failed in its objective to convert the province to Protestantism. The theological conflict ignited by the Reformation created rivalry between the Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions and sowed the seeds of future religious division and sectarian bitterness. Three experts on religion explore how the Plantation shaped Catholicism, Presbyterianism and Anglicanism in Ulster.


"The Belfast Agreement does give a new context for Catholic and Protestant relations in Ulster"

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Rev. Prof. Oliver Rafferty SJ, Ecclesiastical History, St Patrick's College, Maynooth


"Presbyterians seemed happy and satisfied with the Stormont Parliament"

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Rev. Dr. Robert Tosh, Senior Producer, Religious Programmes, BBC NI


"The Ulster Plantation sowed the seeds of future religious bitterness"

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Alan Ford, Professor of Theology, Nottingham University

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