Union bunting crossing over the Shankill Road leading up the the Twelfth.
Red Hand Commando paramilitary mural on the Shankill Road
Ulster Volunteer Force paramilitary badge in side the Ulster Rangers Supporters Club
Battalion of the Dead
A paramilitary mural. Belfast City Council has requested that Shankhill (and all Protestant/Catholic neighborhoods) paint over paramilitary murals. Our tour guide said they would never paint over this one and Belfast City Council can’t make them.
A paramilitary mural on the gable of someone’s house that has been painted over.
The Cupar Way peace wall. Built by the British military in 1969 after intense violence between the two areas. The longest in Belfast. Forty feet tall, half mile long. Separating the Falls (Catholic) from the Shankill (Protestant)
kids playing in the wasteland near the peace wall.
Cupar Way peace wall. The steel mesh on top was added to keep people from throwing rocks and petrol bombs and other things at one another over the wall.
A section on the Cupar Way peace wall. Someone painted “It’s time to kill all Republicans,” referring to the Catholics living just on the other side of the wall.
Fencing around the wasteland opposite the Cupar Way peace wall.
Looking down the peace wall toward Lanark Way.
A closed gate between the Shankill and the Falls. There are nine gates that can be opened and closed. We were told the gates are all closed at night.
Controversial flags attached to a lamp post. The UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force), though it fought in WWI, is a loyalist paramilitary group.
Driving up the Antrim Coast along the Irish Sea
Another UVF flag.
Driving up the Antrim Coast
Along the road.
The coast of Northern Ireland
Belfast Castle on Cave Hill
Cat hedge complete with whiskers
Coast line near Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
Coastline near Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge
A police station in a small town in Northern Ireland.
An Orange Hall
Boats in a little quay on the Irish Sea
Lighting the Eleventh Night bonfire
They burned tri-color and Celtic flags on top.
The bonfire was built in the middle of a road near to houses
A little boy running in front of the bonfire with a Union flag as a cape. To the left, a lamppost melts and an electrical transformer smokes.
Belfast City Hall
Eye see you
Waiting for the bands in the Twelfth Parade to return home.
A baby in an Orange sash at the Twelfth parade. His mother said he would be an Orangeman just like his grandfather. (Woman pictured is not the mother or related to the baby)
Protestant Orangemen marching in front of a flute band.
Protestant flute band on the march, with a banner commemorating the victory of Protestant William of Orange over Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
Girls marching in the band.
The entire parade was Protestant flute bands in military-looking uniforms.
Little boys marching along with the Protestant flute bands wearing Orange Order sashes.
Europa Hotel. Bombed 28 times
Gravestones for Bobby Sands and the other hunger strikers
A mural in the Falls commemorating Easter Rising of 1916.
Shops in the Falls, Catholic area in Belfast
A plaque remembering the IRA POW who died in the Hunger Strikes.
At Eileen Hickey Iarsmalann Na Staire Poblachtach Eireannach (Irish Republican History Museum)
The Cupar Way peace wall separating the Shankill from the Falls, from the Falls side
A wall on the Falls side. Touts refers to informants.
One of the many flute bands. Young boys in the band.