The meaning of the Irish border, as a symbol of division of the Ireland is emotive for many who inhabit the island, and indeed for many who do not. But for those who lived in its vicinity when partition separated north and south in the 1920s, the political boundary had a very different meaning, as they dealt with the practical impacts it had on their everyday lives.
Drawing on research from PRONI’s archives, amongst other sources, we will hear about the ordinary efforts of dealing with the border in some of the many guises it presented itself:
- as a territorial frontier
- as a trade barrier
- as a smuggling route
- dividing services
- challenging cultural connections