The Red Hand Of Ulster
How The ‘Red Hand’ Became The Symbol of Ulster
Ancient legend has it that at a time when Ulster had no King the tribes of the province decided the best way to settle the argument was to have a boat race on a lake. The first man to race to the far side of the lake and place his hand on the shore was to be King.
There were many contenders for Kingship and the competition was fierce. One man, so passionate was his love for Ulster, that when he realised he was losing the race he quickly cut of his hand and threw it to the shore. His bloody hand was the first to touch ground and the Kingship of the province of Ulster was his!