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Oct 18, 2018 - Belfast

This is a bit out of order because we had 3 days in Dublin before we went to Belfast. Our original plan was to spend 2 nights in Dublin then grab a car and head out to the countryside. When we got to Dublin there was so much to see and do and frankly the idea of not having to pack up our suitcases for a few days or drive sounded really good. So we landed on a day trip to Belfast. Patrick had a real interest in going there because it's a place that was always in the news in our lifetimes. When we read about a taxicab political/mural tour,...

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UK/Ireland 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - Troubles Titanic Thrones

Belfast Black Taxi Tour took us into the Protestant neighborhood of Shankill Road where murals depicted their side of the violent conflict. I’m not sure if they view themselves as English or Scot, as they are the descendants of the Scots who settled in Belfast. But, they are without question, loyal to the Crown. Our driver, who is Protestant, did present both sides. It was obvious that it was the civilians who suffered through a war zone. There is a wall, yes a wall, that separates the Protestant neighborhood of Shankill Road from the...

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Jun 14, 2018 - Day 21

This morning we went through the Titanic Museum. One of the best museums we’ve been in. We then walked a few Kms to the Crumlin Rd Gaol. Also very interesting, located in the Shankhill district of Belfast where IRA bombings took place along with other political stuff. Tomorrow 7.30am we put the car on the ferry to Cairnryan, Scotland.

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The PJs On Tour

May 29, 2018 - Belfast and the Hills

Today we visited the Titanic museum,unique interactive presentation of how the ship was built. Disappointed that it did not cover more of the maiden voyage and it's sinking but did name Molly Brown. Took a spectacular "blackcab" ride through Belfast and learned the history of the IRA and infighting for a free Ireland. Conflict is reported to be religious but it's really political. Wrapped up the festivities looking for Hill's family in old cemetery. Didn't find David Hill but found other's that could be part of the family tree.

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Aug 13, 2017 - Day 2 Belfast and St. Patrick's Country

Good bye to Cabra Castle as the 2 beautiful wolfhounds walk the bus out to the road. Heading north along the coastline we see the slopes of Mourne mountains. Our first day on the bus that we will spend considerable amount of time is comfortable and roomy. Soon we are at Down Cathedral, and the historical burial place of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. There's a huge boulder on the grave; people are placing both hands on the boulder and kneeling to pray. Children are mimicking their parents actions sneaking a peek occasionally to see if...

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Jul 13, 2017 - From the Antrim Coast to Belfast

Thursday, July 6 We had originally planned to continue along the Antrim coast to Belfast with time possibly to see a bit of Belfast, but our plans had changed when Lorraine realized that she had left her light jacket behind at the coffee shop where we had stopped earlier on the other side of Derry in the Republic. It was the jacket she had bought to replace the jacket she had earlier left behind at LaGuardia in New York. Are we seeing a trend here? We called and arranged to retrace our steps, pick up the jacket, have some more delicious...

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Jul 3, 2017 - Belfast City Trip DAY 1

8am: Left Galway City for Belfast City, arriving around 13.30, commencing our bus tour at 14.00 which included the following points of interest: Stop 1: Castle Place Departure Point Carrolls Gift Shop, Albert Clock, Starbucks Coffee and the Award Winning Fish City Stop 2: Customs House Square Big Fish Sculpture, Customs House and McHughs Bar Stop 3: SSE Arena Odyssey Pavilion, Premier Inn Hotel, W5 Interactive Discovery Centre, Odyssey Cinemas and Ten Pin Bowling Stop 4: Titanic Belfast Titanic Visitor Attraction - The World's Largest...

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Belfast City Trip

Oct 6, 2016 - Women and Children First

6 Oct So, this is a happy day so far so let's go see where the Titanic was built!! Titanic Belfast is a recent development by the same people who later created Epic Ireland in Dublin where we were the second day of the trip. The building itself is the same height as the Titanic from the keel to the main deck. It is overwhelming to look at. There are many audiovisual displays that bring the construction and outfitting of the ship to life. There is an old saying that the Titanic was perfectly good when it left Belfast. Recent examinations of...

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Oct 6, 2016 - Belfast

Belfast is a busy city with a troubled past violence spread all over Northern Ireland and from the 60's through the 90's there was literally a war being fought. Assassinations, bombing, arrests that many viewed as unwarranted. Mistreatment of the prisoners were excuses for demonstrations and by 1978 the dispute escalated into a protest where prisoners refused to leave their cells to wash and spread excrement on the cell walls. The first hunger strike of 53 days was staged in 1980. In 1981 a second hunger strike took place. One striker,...

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Oct 5, 2016 - Antrim Coast Drive

We drive over to Bregagh Road, Ballymoney, why you might ask. This road has 18th century beech trees that form a tunnel and is where "The Dark Hedges" scenes in the HBO series "Game of Thrones" are shot. We wander over to the Antrim Coast Drive. A drive of spectacular scenery and quaint villages that we will take almost all the way into Belfast. We stop in the Village of Carnlough to stretch our legs and in at least one case, buy AA batteries. A nice little town with a semi-protected harbor for small craft. This is a relatively clear day...

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Oct 3, 2016 - Cork, Waterford, Avoca Handweavers, Vikings!

September 27, 2016 After our Home-Hosted visit, we stopped in an Irish pub for an hour of Irish music by artist Richie Roberts. He entertained us for an hour with Irish musical favorites while we drank Guiness and Irish Whisky! September 28, 2016 This morning we left Cork to travel to Kilkenny. Our first stop was a visit to Cahir Castle, which is now one of Ireland's best-preserved castles. Situated on a rocky island in the River Suir, the castle still boasts it's keep, tower, and much of its original structure. The last Lord Cahir died in...

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Sep 29, 2016 - Cork, Blarney Castle, Cobh, Home Hosted Lunch, Kilkenny 9/26/2016 to 9/28/2016

September 26, 2016 After our early morning visit to a sheep farm, we headed to Cork, out next year city. On the way we stopped for a visit at Blarney Castle, where if one kisses the Blarney Stone, they will receive the "gift of gab." Of course, I climbed to the top of the tower to lean back and kiss the Blarney Stone. We then explored the castle's grounds which include caves, dungeons, and a rock garden of ancient trees and stones. Then we were off to a two night stay in Cork, Ireland's second-largest city. Cork is an island city with a...

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