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Falls Road, Belfast

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The Falls Road is the main road through west Belfast, Northern Ireland, running from Divis Street in Belfast city centre to Andersonstown in the suburbs. Its name is synonymous with the republican community in the city, whilst the neighbouring Shankill Road is predominantly loyalist, separated from the Falls Road by peace lines. The road is usually referred to as the Falls Road, rather than as Falls Road. It is known as the Faas Raa in Ulster-Scots.HistoryThe Falls Road derives its name from the Irish túath na bhFál, an Irish petty-kingdom whose name means "territory of the enclosures". This territory was roughly the same as that of the ecclesiastical parish of the Shankill, which spanned a large portion of modern-day Belfast.The Falls Road itself was originally a country lane leading from the city centre but the population of the area expanded rapidly in the 19th century with the construction of several large linen mills. All of these have now closed or have been repurposed. This original area, which was centred on the junction of modern-day Millfield and Hamill Street on what is now Divis Street, was known as Falls and lent its name to the road, which had previously been called "the Pound". The housing in the area developed in the 19th century and was organised in narrow streets of small terraced housing. Many of these streets were named after characters and events in the Crimean War (1853–1856) which was occurring at that time.
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  • To try to understand Belfast you have to travel this road. Try to see it in context and from the perspective of those living there, now and then.  more »
  • I went along Falls Road to photograph the murals. I did not feel safe and the further I walked the more uneasy I felt. The locals were unfriendly; I stopped in a coffee shop and as soon as I spoke...  more »
  • As we were Just coming out of lock down, tour companies were not open; so we devised our own tour in our own hire car, all the sights, The Peace Wall, Falls And Shankill roads are are very moving and....  more »

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