As a group we went on one of my favorite excursions to Northern Ireland. We left Blackhall place at 9 am and set off on our journey to our first stop in Northern Ireland in Belfast.
When we entered Belfast, we met up wit our tour guide outside the City hall building. Our tour guide then took us to the more somber, divided parts of Belfast. Over the course of many years, it has been known world wide that there have been many problems that have occurred in Belfast, the main problems are those between the Catholics and the Protestants, or the Irish and the British. The problems in Belfast consist of terrorism, from both sides and resulted in the creation of many different military groups. One of the most popular groups were the IRA, the Irish Republican Army was created because of the many issues that were faced between the people in Northern Ireland. Unionists and loyalists, who mostly come from the Protestant community, generally want Northern Ireland to remain within the United Kingdom. Irish nationalists and republicans who mostly come from the Catholic community, generally want it to leave the United Kingdom and join a united Ireland. The Troubles involved republican and loyalist paramilitaries, the state security forces of the United Kingdom and of the Republic of Ireland, and politicians and political activists. More than 3,500 people were killed in the conflict.
As we entered the areas where there was a lot of conflict, the air felt thicker and a somber feeling entered the bus. To this day there is still a fence that divided the two areas and there are still issues that are faced between the loyalists and the unionists.