“I’m somewhat unusual in that I come from a Catholic nationalist background, but I’m British and very much a Unionist,” says Stephen Goss from Belfast, who has just completed a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast and is chairman at Northern Ireland Conservative Future.
Goss has always identified more with British culture over Irish. At the same time, he recognises that identity is complex and layered. He sees Northern Ireland as neither distinctly British nor distinctly Irish and instead an overlap of the two. It’s “quite a complex mix which should be recognised one day,” Goss says.
Goss also sees no contradiction in being both Northern Irish and British. Watch his video in full to hear more on his views about Northern Irish identity.