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    St. Patrick's Day in Belfast

    by ronaldbarr Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It is a tradition that the School's Rugby Cup Final is held on St. Patrick's Day. In 2005 the finalists were Royal Belfast Academical Institution and their regular combatants Methodist College Belfast. Despite a 10-0 score line in MCB's favour at half-time, RBAI came out fighting in the second half to peg the boys in blue to a ten point tally and added 12 hard fought points of their own to claim victory. This match was keenly watched in my local pub 'Cutters Warf' on live TV. Hopefully this picture gives some sense of the atmosphere.

    Pub, Guinness and Rugby
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    COFFEE IN YOUR ROOM

    by DAO Written Apr 28, 2008

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    ’Coffee making facilities’ is the odd way this fantastic bit of British Culture is usually described. You get an electric kettle, tea, coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits (cookies) in your room! That’s every room. Whether you stay at a 5 star luxury hotel, countryside Bed & Breakfast or the worst hotel in London – you get this! In some places like America you get a whole pot of coffee – that’s it. Here you get a choice and it’s there before you leave your room. Nice to have a cup of coffee ready when you get out of the shower.

    Enjoy!

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    STAG DO's

    by DAO Written Feb 27, 2008

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    With increasing prosperity in the Province, a great party atmosphere and the rise of cheap flights to Belfast – this has become one of THE places to have a Stag Do. What is a Stag Do? It’s the male equivalent of the Hen Night. What is a Hen Night? Well, before the wedding the Bride and Groom to be have to go out one last night with their friends, dress up strangely, start drinking industrial quantities of alcohol by breakfast and generally get into trouble with law enforcement. It’s just how these things work. Don’t worry, you can join in even if you don’t know the condemned man. Do they look sober? Yes, it is broad daylight.

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    THE TITANIC

    by DAO Written Jan 25, 2008

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    The Titanic was an ‘unsinkable’ ship that sank and killed hundreds. Well, let me tell you the local people have something to say about the matter. The Titanic was built here in the massive Harland and Wolff shipyard. Local residents are keen to point out that the ship had an English Captain and a Scottish Navigator who drove a brand new ship into a massive iceberg.

    In their words, “It was in good shape when it left here…”

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    A strange sense of humour...

    by sourbugger Updated Mar 28, 2007

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    Favorite Thing: The many years of sectarian strife has bred a deep rich and dark sense of humour in the province.

    Two little stories may help to illustrate this :

    A visitor to Belfast is questioned in a pub,

    "Are ye a protestant or a catholic ?"

    Not wishing to enter into any form of debate or cause any offence or indeed receive any hassle, he replied :

    "I'm a Buddhist"

    To which the reply was :

    "Ah yes, but are you a Protestant Buddhist or a Catholic Buddhist"

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    Some years back in November the Unionists got a banner strung across the City Hall in Belfast that read
    "Ulster says No". Some wag noted that the city council could save some money during December by buying an 'E & L'

    The cartoon opposite picks up on this old DUP slogan to show the political party trying to 're-package' itself with a more modern message

    A cartoon about Ian Paisley'd DUP

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    George Best

    by orlikins Updated Dec 5, 2005

    George Best was a top footballer from Belfast during the 1960s who played for Manchester Utd. Unfortunately, he became an alcoholic and died of renal failure in 2005.

    "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."

    However, I happened to be in Belfast on the day of his funeral. When I passed by City Hall, there were loads of people there laying wreaths, soccer scarves, t-shirts, flags etc in his memory. Here is a pic I took of the scene with my trusty old camera phone.

    George Best's funeral momentos at Belfast City Hal

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    Miles and yards

    by elcolibri Updated May 29, 2005

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    If you are travelling to Belfast from Dublin or other city in Republic of Ireland you need known that meazurement units change from Kilometer to Miles and meters to yards, and the signs about distances are different in the same road when you cross the border.

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    Beware the Guinness...

    by ronaldbarr Written Mar 29, 2005

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    Guinness is a Irish brand with a global market penetration. Wherever you are in the world you will probably find an Irish pub and that usually means 'We Serve Guinness'. You should be aware of and beware the Guinness you drink! Those who have the taste for the real thing, brewed in Ireland, can confirm that the black stuff served off the shores of our small island is, at best, imitation. Sample a pint of Guinness in Ireland and you will never touch a drop anywhere else! Now isn't that a very good reason to make the trip to Ireland.

    Ready and Worth the Wait!
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    Street Entertainment

    by orlikins Written Jul 14, 2004

    Every day on Royal Avenue, you will see street entertainers, who are always fun to see.

    There is the bagpiper player, who is practically part of the scenery every Saturday now!

    This pic is of two Salsa dancers in front of Tesco Metro on Royal Avenue back in April 2004.

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    There are no problems driving...

    by dantes2 Updated May 26, 2004

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    There are no problems driving from the Republic of Ireland into Northern Ireland. There is no discernible border, no stops or checks, so the only indication you have that you are in a 'different' country is that the license plates on the cars are different.You will have to stop and get British Pound Sterling currency, although gas stations and most stores near the border accept British Pounds as well as Irish Punts, with certain adjustments of course. In NI, btw, they will ask to see your passport or ID even if changing US dollars in a bank.This is not the case in the Republic where you can go into any bank and change currency without any questions being asked. Ireland will change over to the Euro on January 1st, 2002, but Great Britain (Northern Ireland) will not be changing.

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  • 12th July Parades

    by AFCB Written May 20, 2004

    12th July Parades

    These are basically 'British' parades. They happen thoroughout NI on this day, the largest being in Belfast. They are full of colour and noise, different bands such as Blood and thunder, silver, melody, accordion, bagpipe etc.

    These are parades for Loyalists to celebrate their British heritage - they are accessible, being in most town centres (Belfasts going through the city centre).

    You wont have a problem unless you wear 'Irish Republican' clothes or paraphernalia or you do or say anything 'anti-British'

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  • The Shankill Mirror

    by DAVYC82 Written Apr 13, 2004

    This is a free monthly community newspaper for the Greater Shankill area which includes the Shankill itself,Woodvale,Springmartin,Glencairn,Ballysillan,Ardoyne,etc. It has been described by nationalists as being biased and sectarian but the truth is there has never been any anti-Catholic propoganda and although its roots are unionist and protestant it does not exclude catholics in any shape or form

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    Patience is needed to understand the craic.

    by feline01 Updated Apr 12, 2004

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    The Belfast accent is one of the most unique,hard to understand English-speaking accents I have ever heard. I got used to it after working and living with a bunch of friends from Northern Ireland but when they came to visit me in NJ, I had to translate their Belfast English into American English. And for those wondering, craic is slang for conversation.

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    Bouncers

    by timlloydlangston Written Feb 6, 2004

    Something that may surprise a first-time visitor to Belfast is that it's not only the clubs that have bouncers on the door. The pubs and many shops (especially those staying open later) also have a security prescence at the door. Don't be put off though. If you're not creating trouble they won't bother you.

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  • Drink lots of beer and have a laugh

    by gazzaman Written Jul 24, 2003

    Go into any bar, be it a pub, wine bar or cafe-bar buy a beer or whatever you want to wet your whistle with, relax, chill out and enjoy yourself.

    It is compulsory behaviour and you will meet a weird awray of wee old men etc. Its a lot of fun and the best way to relax in the city.

    Crown Bar www.irelandforvisitors.com

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