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Understandable how flag error could be made

Although I did not see the programme to which "Northern Ireland Nationalist" makes reference ( Writeback, April 1), I wish to support his view.

The Ulster Banner, as it is sometimes called, is the flag of the Executive Committee of the Privy Council of Northern Ireland and was used from 1953 to 1972 by the government of Northern Ireland. After that government was dissolved, it ceased to have any official status. The flag was not created until 1953, and the design is based on the flag of the Irish province of Ulster. This flag is based on the crest of Richard de Burgh, Earl of Ulster. There are three significant differences between the Ulster Banner and Flag of the Province of Ulster: the white background replaces the yellow background; the six-pointed star replaces the shield representing the six counties and; the inclusion of a crown.

I can understand the mistake which William Crawley may have made, as some academic websites contain this information.

Brian Kennaway (Rev)

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