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Northern Ireland

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  • Day10

    Belfast

    September 12, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    It didn't occur to us how Belfast in Northern Ireland was a city with such recent history that is still evident in everyday life. Northern Ireland which is its own country is full of modern day religious/political tension dividing the city of Belfast between the Protestants who support British rule and the Catholics who support the traditional Irish culture. We took a black cab taxi tour to the various parts of town and saw murals that depicted the history and even saw the gates that are still closed every night between the two parts of town. The craziest thing for us was to learn that not many people are religious anymore but still practice this hatred for each other. Almost 90% of schools there are still segregated in 2016!

    Our favorite quote from our taxi driver was "these Protestants are more British than the Brits!" He did a great job giving us insight into the traditions still held including the annual bonfires by the Protestants which are quite massive and held right in the center of town and showed us the steel walls put up to divide the two sides which now a days has messages of peace and love written on it from tourists, as well as dents from rocks and burn marks from molotov cocktails. We got to leave our little mark as well!
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  • Day9

    Northern Ireland

    September 11, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

    Irish (I wish haha) we could go back to the beautiful landscape of Northern Ireland! It's hard to compare the scenery of the north and south but both in their own ways were equally perfect!

  • Day28

    Belfast

    September 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Another cool day. Amazed at how different cities can be from one another. We were picked up by the black taxi and driver at 9 30 and headed off on the tour of Belfast (told from the point of view of a Catholic Taxi driver in his 60s) which lasted almost two hours. The first part of the tour took us to Shankill Rd, where he outlined the history of Belfast and the “troubles”. We visited the area and walked around the murals which have become a feature of the area. He also took us to the wall and like everyone else, we signed it. It was incredible to see it still standing at about 10 foot in each direction, separating the two parts of Belfast. He then took us to the Fall Road area on the other side of the wall where we visited a memorial garden for both civilians and IRA volunteers killed over the last 50 years. We were also shown the cages added to houses as a means of defence if they were close to the wall. He also clearly explained the meaning of the flags we see in many streets and on houses, marking the territory of each group. Turns out we are staying in the heart of Protestant Belfast! The tour ended and he dropped us in the centre of town. We spent a couple of hours looking in shops which were quite interesting. Of note was the burnt out shell of a huge shopping building which had only just gone on fire and was one of the biggest fires ever in Belfast. We wandered down to the Titanic Centre, following the river. It was an amazing building and the whole Titanic experience was excellent, particularly the fact that so much was interactive. The highlight was the ride through the building in a cable car, experiencing the boat building yard as it would have been back when the Titanic was being built. It was interesting that no relics of the actual trip are kept there as it is regarded as being tasteless yet there was a souvenir shop full of very tacky Titanic items! We grabbed a taxi ride back from town as both feeling very tired and heard yet another version of events this time from our Protestant driver! We rested up and enjoyed hot showers now that we had heard from the owner about the switch that needed to be on! We did some research and reserved dinner at a restaurant in the university quarter which was a 40 minute walk along the river and through some very interesting streets. The highlight was seeing a large flock of starlings flying in formation over the river. It really was spectacular as they grouped and re- grouped in a cloud- like formation led by one bird. We found the restaurant, Molly’s Yard easily and what a treat! It was an old stables and down stairs seated just 12 people. It was a very cute place and the staff were excellent as was the food- one of our best meals yet. We left there and walked down the road to House Belfast which was a beautiful hotel. After a lovely cocktail we caught a taxi back with one last version of “the troubles”, this time from a driver who didn’t side with either! Belfast is an intriguing place, full of history and emotion with a real edge to it.Read more

  • Day47

    Letterkenny to Portrush

    August 17, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    Up early and on the road to reach the ferry for the 9am sailing to Rathlin Island, just made it, the rain and wind came with us. Unfortunately the Puffins left a week ago - bugger!!! Saw lots of other birds and the wonderful barren island where there are only 100 inhabitants. Caught a bus on the island to the west lighthouse, as windy as hell but walked down to the lighthouse, just amazing. Then on to carrick-a rede to the rope bridge with about ‘ten thousand’ other tourists in the wind and light rain at times. Good to walk over, something one has to do whilst here. Then off round the coast and a little inland to our accommodation at Portrush. Amazing place, amazing host who called in to see us. Walked down on the promenade to a local pub, hilarious Batman who could ‘sell ice to an Eskimo’ and then met an interesting Irishman living in London. Great night, home for a light dinner and now bed. Watch this space for tomorrow.Read more

  • Day58

    Day trip to Belfast

    August 26, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌫 13 °C

    Today we hopped the train from Newry to Belfast. In Belfast we caught the Hop-on Hop-off bus tour around the city. It was rainy and wet, but we made the best of it. At one of our stops the boys signed the 'Peace Wall' which was erected in the mid-70s to segregate Protestants from Catholics. After the tour we visited White's Tavern, the oldest tavern in Belfast for some lunch. Back in Newry we visited Ashling and Stephen’s house for some evening fun.Read more

  • Day29

    Bloody Sunday remembrance

    September 23, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Bloody Sunday – sometimes called the Bogside Massacre – was an incident on 30 January 1972 in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland. British soldiers shot 26 unarmed civilians during a protest march against internment. Fourteen people died.

  • Day10

    Londonderry (Derry), Northern Ireland

    August 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Today we left Donegal and travelled through Strabane, Omagh, Cookstown, Drumahoe and onto Londonderry (Derry). We stopped at the Beaghmore stone circles which were excavated from a bog in 1930. The stones are believed to be associated with earlier burial cairns. The breeze was blowing and the rain was coming down, we were ill prepared for the 9° temperature, so took a couple of hasty photos and jumped back in the car. The weather cleared once we arrived in Derry.Read more

  • Day11

    Londonderry (Derry), Northern Ireland

    August 30, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    An interesting visit to Londonderry today. We walked the Derry City Wall which remains completely intact and has never been breached. A guide walked us along the city walls talking of the history of Londonderry and its volatile past. We also went on a walking tour with a brother of one of the innocent men killed in the Bloody Sunday March.

    Such a tumultuous past both political and religious - The British, the Irish, the Protestant, the Catholic. Lose of lives, damage to property, a voice wanting to be heard and recognised. Things have come a long way since the Bloody Sunday March, recognition of innocent lives lost but still .... what price for peace.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Northern Ireland, Nordirland, Irlanda del Nord, Irlanda del Norte, Irlande du Nord, Šiaurės Airija, Noord Ierland, Северная Ирландия

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