Belfast Local Customs

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Belfast Local Customs

  • Belfast Pubs

    Belfast Local Customs

    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...

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  • Driving

    Belfast Local Customs

    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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  • Viewing murals.

    Belfast Local Customs

    It has recently become popular to visit areas of Belfast where there are murals painted on the gable ends of rows of houses. Some of these areas can be fairly rough areas and should really be avoided, especially in July or when there is civil unrest. The local people feel they live in a zoo when visitors come to gawk at them and photograph their...

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  • Music Festivals

    Belfast Local Customs

    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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  • St. Patrick's Day in Belfast

    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...

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  • COFFEE IN YOUR ROOM

    ’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...

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  • STAG DO's

    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,...

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  • THE TITANIC

    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...

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  • A strange sense of humour...

    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...

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  • George Best

    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...

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  • Miles and yards

    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...

    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...

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  • Street Entertainment

    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...

    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...

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  • 12th July Parades

    12th July ParadesThese 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...

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  • The Shankill Mirror

    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...

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  • Patience is needed to understand the...

    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...

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  • Bouncers

    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

    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.

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  • Eating scones.

    Scones are an important part of the working life - without scones and tea, I doubt much work would be done in Northern Ireland. Sadly, they are becoming less popular as more people go for American style muffins but they are still available in most bakeries and old-fashioned coffee shops. I am on a mission to find the best scones in Belfast and so...

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  • Viewing the murals.

    It has recently become popular to visit areas of Belfast where there are murals painted on the gable ends of rows of houses. Some of these areas can be fairly rough areas and should really be avoided, especially in July or when there is civil unrest. The local people feel they live in a zoo when visitors come to gawk at them and photograph their...

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  • Belfast gets a bad rap. My...

    Belfast gets a bad rap. My friends and family were actually somewhat apprehensive when I told them I planned to visit here. Don't be deterred! It might be wise to keep abreast on the news before visiting, but as a local friend told me, the troubles don't occur when the weather is nice. He might be right, judging from my visit. It was a beautiful...

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  • Tipping at restaurants: 10% or...

    Tipping at restaurants: 10% or more, if the service is good. Don't bring up 'sensitive' topics, unless the locals want to talk about them. Before leaving, I said there were 3 things I would not discuss while there: the 'Troubles,' religion, and politics. Well...we discussed all three--eventually! Depends on the people you're with.

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  • If you want to meet people in...

    If you want to meet people in pubs, offer to buy a round of drinks. Generally, every one takes a turn buying a round and even if you are drinking soda, still buy everyone what they want. Don't call Northern Irish Catholics, British. They are Irish. Similarly with Northern Irish Protestants. Tthey are British, not Irish.

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  • About the only good thing to...

    About the only good thing to come out of our 'Troubles' is an interesting recent history. This is slowly being seized upon as something tourists may be interested in, with various tours (both by bus and taxi) around Belfast, pointing out various areas of note. Don't worry, you'll have nothing to worry about on these tours - the media has done a...

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  • The wall murals of Belfast are...

    The wall murals of Belfast are not to be missed! I would have liked to have spent more time viewing them then I did! Next time!!! You can get a cab tour, bus tour, or just walk the streets to view them! The youth hostel can give you guidance!

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  • Subjects to avoid

    It's always a good idea to avoid the subjects of politics and religion. Talk about the weather or football.In restaurants, when you order a soft drink, it usually does not have ice in it. The currency in Northern Ireland is pound sterling. However, the local banks print their own banknotes so this may be confusing as there are 4 main banks. Bank of...

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