Posted By: November 28, 2020


Hi, I’m Fr. Sean McManus, president of the Irish National Caucus in Washington, D.C.

This is my third social media-video on the upcoming 100th Anniversary of England’s unjust and undemocratic partition of Ireland. That partition—enacted by England on December 23, 1920— was also racist (meaning anti-Irish) and sectarian (meaning anti-Irish Catholic).

Imagine the imperial hubris and colonial arrogance it took to do this: to partition and ancient country like Ireland!

England set up the artificial, gerrymandered Six-County state of “Northern Ireland” to be anti-Irish and anti-Catholic, to maintain a continuing foothold for England on the island of Ireland.

Those who support England’s partition also like to refer to Northern Ireland as “Ulster.” … But here’s the thing: The historic Province of Ulster—one of the four Provinces in Ireland— has NINE counties, not six counties. What happened to the other three counties, which are Donegal, Cavan, and Monaghan? Why were those Counties no included in the new bogus state?

Because there were too many Catholics in those Counties. It is that simple, that blatant.

So, England not only partitioned Ireland but Ulster as well…. Just as it had done throughout its Empire… Chopping and changing historic regions, nations, and countries with total disrespect—doing whatever suited its imperial, colonial, greed and plunder.

Indeed, England’s racist, anti-Catholic Border even chopped up farms, fields, roads, houses, and homes—placing part in the Six Counties, and part in what would become the 26 County-Free State (later Irish Republic).

I was born and reared close to this racist, anti-Catholic Border, in County Fermanagh— in the historic parish of Kinawley, which has had a Church presence since the Sixth Century. This parish extends into County Cavan, in the Swanlinbar area. … So, overnight—on December 23, 1920—my historic parish was partitioned… Part in the Six-County state, and part in the 26 County state. Another reason why I cannot stand England’s undemocratic, racist, and anti-Catholic Border.

That is why our One Ireland internet Petition is so fitting and timely: “Ireland, too, has the right to be One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

This splendid Petition is posted on On Facebook. And at

Please sign and share this splendid Petition. It is free and only takes a few minutes.

Sign it in the name of justice and peace. In the name of truth and reconciliation. In the name of Human Rights and solidarity.

Sign it, please, because as a famous American Protestant Scripture scholar says: “In Biblical faith, the doing of justice is the primary expectation of God.” … And, we can add, the doing of justice is also the primary expectation of all just and decent people the world over—people of all faiths and no faith.

God save Ireland and God bless you.