Day 7 - Belfast


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Published: April 24th 2018
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Today was dominated by the "Political and Mural" black taxi tour. It was just Jane and I and the guide, Norman Reilly, born and bred Belfast, and who spent 11 months in prison as a 17 year old during the Protestant - IRA "war". It was totally enlightening, bringing back many memories of incidents and names of major protagonists we had seen on television and read in the newspapers when younger. Jane and I walked through the streets where the violence had raged and had claimed the lives of 1200 people in one square mile. Since the ceasing of hostilities a "Peace Wall" has been built separating Shankill Road and Falls Road (Protestant and Catholic areas). Come 7pm the gates are shut. The captions for the photos add to the story.

After the tour we walked parts of the city we had not visited previously. We are eager to 'get-on-the-road' early tomorrow.


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