15th April 2002
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Northern Ireland

Country number: 1 (The UK)
Territory number: 66

When? April 2002
How? Car
Who? Visiting an internet friend

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Northern Ireland

  • A farmhouse near Belfast for the weekend -to visit a guy, Garvin, I’d been chatting to online. One of my madder adventures. Needless to say it didn’t have a happy ending.
  • He took me on a whistle-stop tour of Belfast – past Stormont, perched scenically up a rise, (like the Long Walk at Windsor) and the copper dome of City Hall, the leaning tower of the Albert Memorial Clock. The Falls and Shankill roads, so often referred to in a violent context on the news, were eerily (and thankfully) quiet. Murals now document the complex history of the Irish ‘Troubles’. We went to a play, Golden Boy (beautiful violin playing), in the ‘bohemian’ Cathedral Quarter ,with its cobblestone streets and elegant restaurants.
  • The countryside was pleasantly pastoral, but not stunning. The highlight was undoubtedly a visit to the Giant’s Causeway. Chilly, but magnificent.

Ireland’s history is marked by invasions and settlement by foreign peoples. The Celts, the Vikings, the Normans, the English and the Scots have all left their mark on Irish history, geography, culture, language and people.

Northern Ireland was created in 1921, when the island of Ireland was partitioned. Southern Ireland became the Irish Free State in 1922, but the majority of Northern Ireland’s population wanted to remain within the United Kingdom and so were known as Unionists.

Northern Ireland is sometimes referred to as Ulster, although it includes only six of the nine counties which made up that historic Irish province

Northern Ireland has a border of 360 kilometres with the Republic of Ireland to the south and west

Lough Neagh, bang in the centre of the country, is the largest lake in the UK

The population of Northern Ireland at 1.81 million constitutes 3% of the total population of the UK, and about 30% of the island’s total population

To see more of my photos of Northern Ireland, visit this page.