Northern Ireland Local Customs

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Northern Ireland 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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  • THE BATTLE OF NOWHERE

    Londonderry or Derry? As you approach a city with seemingly 2 names – you will see the battles commence. There are many signs on the motorways (highways) and roads trying to tell you the direction and/or how many miles to drive to arrive at the second largest city in Northern Ireland. It’s an amazing historic and vibrant city that is also the 4th...

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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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  • The Lemonade man.

    I remember as a child in the 1960's and 70's a common sight was the "Lemonade Man". This was essentially an open sided rigid lorry that went from door to door delivering lemonade (soda for my American readers). The two main rivals were Braid and Maine brands which were both from Ballymoney in County Antrim and actually both derived from the one...

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  • Protestant areas of Northern Ireland

    The colours of the Birtish union flag can be seen painted onto the kerbstones in working class protestant areas associated with unionism and loyalism in Northern Ireland. The colour orange is taken from the orange order which was created to celebrate the victory of King William III of Orange (dutchman) over the catholic King James in the Battle of...

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  • N.Irish phrases

    Some people in northern Ireland will use colloquialisms... I thought it'd be fun and maybe even useful to you if I wrote some here:'Alright mate' = 'hi!'What's the craic? = What's been happening in your life/have you been doing much recently?That was a Belter! = (in reference to something that happened) that was brilliant (usually something really...

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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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  • Army Watchtowers

    All over Northern Ireland you will find signs of conflict and the "troubles", be it in the form of armoured police cars, police stations resembling prisons with their iron doors and barbed wire, or watchtowers which are scattered all over the countryside. Many of them were built on hills for a better view, constituting an eyesore that is spoiling...

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  • Currency

    British Pound is used in Northern Ireland.Unlike US Dollars, Japanese Yen, and Euros, bank notes are used in NI so you'll see different GBP10 notes and different GBP50 notes used in NI. All notes are accepted in Northern Ireland, other UK and Ireland, but sometimes you have trouble exchanging it in US, so it's better to exchange it back to US$ or...

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  • All sorts of slang.....

    In Northern Ireland there is a lot of slang. This isn't a guide to try and use it, but to understand it. If you haven't lived there for a long time you will notice that when you try to say some slang it just doesn't come out right. Good luck!What's the Craic wee lad? = How are you my friend?Bout ye? = how are you?Poke = soft ice cream"99" = soft...

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  • Currency

    The currency in Northern Ireland is the British Pound, whereas in the Republic of Ireland the currency is the Euro. However, very often the Euro will be accepted in Northern Ireland, especially around the border, and you will receive your change in British pounds.

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