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Historical interest: Belfast

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Ireland's first settlers touched down near modern-day Belfast around 9,000 years ago. The province of Ulster was established by Iron Age Celts, who controlled Ireland for 1,000 years. This Celtic calm was shattered in 795 by the Vikings and then the English in 1169. Ulster became the focus of Irish opposition to English rule, until it became the target of English colonisation known as Plantation in the 17th century.

The simmering resentment between the Catholics and Protestants boiled over in 1641, with the murder of an estimated 10,000 Protestants. The psychological trauma of this event still haunts Ireland's Protestant population today, while Ireland's Catholic population still regard Cromwell as an equally lasting symbol of dread.

Ulster became increasingly separated from the South, isolated by geography, religion and industrialisation. While Ireland's population was decimated by the Potato Famine and mass emigration to the US, Belfast's population soared from around 20,000 in 1800 to 350,000 by the end of the century. As the only Irish city to experience the Industrial Revolution, Belfast became known for its shipyards and linen industry. Belfast was granted city status in 1888 by Queen Victoria.

After the Irish War of Independence, the partition of Ireland raised Belfast's status as capital of Northern Ireland. Sectarian tensions increased however, until 1968 when civil rights marches and subsequent violence erupted. Violence continued until 1998, when the Good Friday Agreement was signed, signalling a way forward for the faltering peace process in Northern Ireland. With relative stability since then, Belfast has recently been re-vitalised by investments from the EU and Britain.

Selection of hotels in this region:

Days Hotel Belfast

Travelodge Belfast Central

Malmaison Belfast

Ramada Belfast

Radisson SAS Belfast

Stormont Hotel

Europa Belfast

Culloden Hotel

Jurys Belfast Inn

Holiday Inn Belfast

Hilton Belfast

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