The Ulster Banner

Understandable how flag error could be made.

Although I did not see the programme to which “Northern Ireland Nationalist” makes reference ( Writeback 1 April), 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”, was used from 1953 to 1972 by the Government of Northern Ireland. After that government was dissolved under the Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973, 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 however three significant differences between the “Ulster Banner” and Flag of the Province of Ulster:

1. The white background replaces the yellow background.

2. The six-pointed star replaces the shield representing the six Northern Ireland counties.

3. The inclusion of a crown.

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

Yours etc.

Brian Kennaway (Rev)

This letter appeared in the Belfast Telegraph on 2nd April 2015

NOTE: I have since seen the programme in question “Imagining Ulster episode 2”, and William Crawley clearly states “The red hand of Ulster …. superimposed on the cross of St George”. The cross is in fact that of Richard de Burgh, Earl of Ulster.

The six pointed star is not the Star of David as some suggest.