An Beal Feirste, A City Torn In Two Into One Soul

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So there we were, drunk but not yet hungover sitting on a train northward bound with a breakfast roll in my hand and a giant satisfied smile on my face.

There was no reason in particular for us going up North aside from the fact that neither of us had been in quite a few years. The train only takes about 2 and a half hours so really its only up the road from us.

Unfortunately the hostel we decided to stay in was directly across the road from the local Rangers Supporters club, seeing as we were obviously two Southern boys this would not be the ideal place for us to be asking directions, the same could also be said of the first bar we went into, something along the lines of the King's Head or something.

Belfast City is great to walk around, you can make it from one side to another in about 15 to 20 minutes but it for a small city it packs a lot of punch.

All the big shops are there and of course on every street there is a bar or 5 and all around you feel the strenght and power of the history that seems to reverberate off every wall and every cobblestone. The murials around the Falls Road and Shankhill and are stark reminders of this history and soul of the torn city.

The nightlife of the city was greatly enhanced by the use of the Queen's own sterling instead of Monopoly's Euro! It never ceased to surprise us that we could get change from buying a round of drinks without the bar first asking for more money.

The Bot....great bar. If you go to one bar in Belfast make it this one, well only make it this one so long as you hit another 2 or 3 bars before hand so you can be sufficiently chemically imbalanced.

All You Can Eat For A Foo Kin Fiver!!
It is essentially a college bar but is also one of the main bar/night clubs in the area. Any bar where you can ask the bar man for a pint of vodka & a pint of whiskey for £10!!! I can tell you were very happy....well very happy that is until the barman stopped serving me.....

A word of warning, the nightlife will end. It will end without warning. People will leave without finishing their drinks. Without being asked to leave by the heavy set door man...... This was an experience for two Dubs. I spent the next ten minutes trying to haggle another round of pints of whiskey from the heavy set door man before setting off around the rapidly deserting city in search of some sort of establishment that sold alcohol. The lights were on in the Rangers Supporters Club but somehow we decided not to push our luck any further!

Northern Ireland has had its "Troubles" in the past and it still has its fair share but Northern Ireland is well and truly on the mend.

In the past religious tensions had torn the area in two. These days, Protestants and Catholics play on the same Ice Hockey team. The Irish national rugby team uses players from both the Republic and the North. The young people dont care about the religious issues. The old people have seen more bloodshed than anybody should ever see in a lifetime.

People just want to get on with things now. Get on with their lives. Will this power sharing work in the government? Only time will tell. With Ian Paisley (I dont call him sir or reverend) and Gerry Adams taking a back seat in things, the North has never looked better. You can really get a feeling of this in Belfast. The people are happy and looking forward. 

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