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Throughout the history of civilized societies and governments in the world propaganda has played a large part in their affairs Propaganda is the deliberative and systematic attempt to shape perceptions manipulate cognitions and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist ODonnell and Jowett 53 Propagandas purpose is weighted in favor of the propagandist and not necessarily in the best interest of the receiver ODonnell and Jowett 53 Almost always performed by institutions and governments propaganda takes on many forms In particular North Ireland which is the focus of my paper both historically and recently has not been immune to propaganda and its effects With involvement on behalf of the media individuals governments of both Ireland and the British and political action groups propaganda has taken many forms throughout Irelands historyIt would be impossible to discuss the history of propaganda in Ireland without first examining in some detail the history of the country itself Irelands history is filled with deep religious and political disputes Beginning with the Norman Invasion of Ireland in 1169 England started its earliest involvement with taking part in Irish affairs and Irish Kings soon submitted to Henry II of England Later on in 1556 England established many land colonies for Protestant landlords especially in North Ireland for the Protestants to act as loyal subjects to England in ruling over the predominantly Catholic population of Ireland Blanshard 18 These English settlements continued throughout the country all of this causing numerous rebellions and uproars throughout the 1800s between the Catholics and Protestant subjects who pledged loyalty to England Blanchard 26 Eventually in the late 1800s and early 1900s the Irish nationalist movement began with the development of the Irish Republican Army IRA in reaction to several hundred years of English rule Hamilton 367 In 1905 a more extreme Irish nationalist group called Sinn Fein meaning our-selves emerged Blanchard 28 Vigorous political campaigning and violent military action by
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