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  The unique Belfast tours
by sourbugger

I've heard nothing but praise for the rather unique tours offered by this company.

It is only really possible to understand the sectarian divides and history of North Belfast by talking to people who really know their stuff.

Belfast for a long time has operated (less rigidly now) a form of voluntary segregation.

The Protestant Shankill Rd and the Catholic Falls Rd were divided by a 'peace line' - which was in fact a whopping big wall between the two hard-line areas that faced each other.

The Shankhill is covered in Red white and blue, painted on just about everything - lamposts, kerbstones, houses, bus shelters together with an array of union jack flags and more sinister reference to paramilitary groups.

The Falls too, is covered in the Green white and gold of Irish republicanism in a similar way.

Both sides regularly reveal murals depicting aspects of the sectarian conflict, often on the gables of rows of houses.

I have explored both sides a couple of time, both cycling and driving and have never experienced a problem (at least during daylight hours). The Taxi tour would however be an excellent way of really getting to understand the complexities of the place.

Website: http://www.belfasttours.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 1, 2006
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