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Roughly equal proportions of Roman Catholics and Protestants live in Belfast and County Armagh.Protestants were the majority in 13 local government districts and formed over three-quarters of the inhabitants in six of these districts.
The 2001 Census recorded 167,490 people (10.4%) with some knowledge of Irish Gaeilige, while scholars estimate the number of fluent speakers at 13,000 to 15,000, with a further 40,000 to 45,000 functional speakers.
There are an estimated 100,000 speakers of Ulster-Scots (5.9%), including 5,000 to 10,000 for whom it is their only language.
It was an area of resistance and a bastion of the Gaelic legal and social system.
In 1536 King Henry VIII of England persuaded the Irish Parliament to declare him head of the Irish Church.
In Ulster the Roman Catholic Defenders obtained arms illegally to defend their property.
They were countered by the Protestant Peep O' Day Boys, who invaded and wrecked Roman Catholic homes to find and destroy weapons.Most new priests were Scottish Presbyterians but they became Church of Ireland ministers.The Presbytery of Ulster was established in 1642 after the Dublin government dismissed Presbyterian ministers from the Church of Ireland.Roman Catholic rebellion In 1641 Roman Catholic Irish rebellion broke out in Ulster, where several thousand settlers were slaughtered.The revolt spread to other parts of Ireland and war continued for almost a decade.Many of the nobility sold their land to the government officials.The political aim of the plantation was for new Protestant settlers to be based around market towns protected by garrisons.The Volunteers won free trade for Irish exports to England and greater autonomy for the Irish Parliament.However, their sympathy for the French Revolution resulted in the organization being banned in 1793.But the Irish nobility then rejected this decision.From 1594 the armies of Queen Elizabeth I gradually conquered Ireland.