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UNITED KINGDOM - Northern Ireland


Location - Western Europe; Capital - N Ireland - Belfast; Population - N Ireland - 2million; Currency - Pound Sterling MORE UK - SCOTLAND

I spent a weekend in Belfast in January 2008.

 

nirnoteNorthern Ireland's version of the Pound Sterling is very distinctive, most notably the Queen is absent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir17The Wheel of Belfast stands next to the City Hall in Belfast's city centre

 

 

nir2The Wheel of Belfast is a temporary attraction, possibly ending in March 2008. Visit their website here

 

nir10Belfast's City Hall is at the heart of the city

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir1City Hall, Belfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir3The Wheel of Belfast's gondolas 'sail' past the City Hall

 

nir6City Hall, in Donegall Square, Belfast

 

 

nir9Donegall Square, Belfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir21There's some good views from the Wheel of Belfast.
On the right is one of the 2 Harland & Wolff shipyard cranes, known as Samson & Goliath, overlooking the Irish Sea - Belfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir28Looking westwards over City Hall - Belfast

 

 

nir32Albert Memorial Clocktower - Belfast

 

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nir33Samson (or Goliath?), a Harland & Wolff shipyard crane, as seen from Custom House Square, Belfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir34The Lagan river flows through the east of Belfast's city centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir36The Crown Bar Liquor Saloon is a tourist haunt, opposite the Grand opera House, Belfast

 

 

nir68The Grand Opera House was reconstructed following a 1993 bomb - Belfast

 

 

nir37Murals in support of the Basque country and Cuba line Falls Road, a Catholic dominated area of Belfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir39On the left is a mural dedicated to Kieran Nugent, the first 'blanketman' - Belfast

More about the man here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir40A Garden of Remembrance to fallen Republicans - Falls Road, Belfast

 

 

nir41Bobby Sands was a member of the Provisional IRA who died during the 1981 hunger strike at the Maze prison near Lisburn.

More about Bobby Sands here and here. For more on the hunger strike click here. More on the IRA here.

 

 

nir42Northumberland Street links the Falls Road to the Protestant dominated Shankill Road.
During The Troubles, these gates would be closed in times of heightened tension - Belfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir44Entering the Shankill Road from Northumberland Street, Belfast.

More on the UVF here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir46Holding the Good Friday Agreement - a mural on Shankill Road, Belfast. More info on the Agreement here

 

 

nir47Honouring dead UVF volunteers - Shankill Road, Belfast

 

 

nir48A mural dedicated to the Queen Mother, who died in 2002 - Shankill Road, Belfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir50Queen's University, Belfast

 

 

nir51The Parliament Building at Stormont is home to the Northern Ireland Assembly - Belfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir54Statue of Edward Carson in front of the Parliament Building, Stormont - Belfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir56Parliament Building, Stormont - Belfast

 

 

nir58Looking out from Stormont over the outskirts of east Belfast

 

 

nir63The Lagan river, Belfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir64The Merchant Hotel is one of the more expensive options in Belfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir67A side-street off Donegall Place, Belfast

 

 

nir72An early Winter's morning on the city walls at Bishop's Gate, Derry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir73Close to Bishop's Gate and inside the city walls is St Columb's cathedral - Derry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir76The 17th century city walls of Derry

 

 

nir77Cannons point towards the Foyle river, Derry

 

 

nir86River Foyle, Derry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir78O'Doherty's Tower houses the Tower Museum - Derry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir70Inside the city walls - Derry

 

 

nir71An Anthony Gormley statue in Derry

 

 

nir79The Bogside area of Derry, seen here from Bishop's Gate, is a Catholic section of the city

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir83Motorman, one of the Bogside murals, depicts a British soldier smashing in a house door in the Bogside area in 1972 - Derry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nir82A Bloody Sunday mural in the Bogside, Derry

More info on Bloody Sunday here

 

 

nir81'You Are Now Entering Free Derry' - a Bogside mural, Derry

 

 

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LINKS

www.discovernorthernireland.com - Northern Ireland tourist board

www.visitnorthernireland.com

www.discoverireland.com - Irish tourist board

www.derryvisitor.com - info on Derry

www.translink.co.uk - info on Northern Ireland's public transport service

www.goireland.com - accommodation in Ireland

 

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