Today the Irish News carried a short item from its issue of 17 September 1941.
Brooke extols Red Hand of UlsterSir Basil Brooke, the Northern Minister of Commerce, broadcasting in the BBC feature 'Ulster Gazette', said those of his listeners who had been to Ulster would remember how they liked shaking hands.'Well we still shake hands,' he continued. 'We in Ulster have a hand as the emblem of the province, a hand that in the 14th century appeared on the scene of the O'Neills, the ancient Kings of Ulster. It is a strong right hand - a hand that looks as if it could tackle a job - it is the Red Hand of Ulster.'