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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Falls Road and many more Belfast attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Belfast tour planner.
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  • I would t not visit here when I was visiting there was police chasing cars and people throwing rocks at the police also people taking drugs in daylight please avoid 
    I would t not visit here when I was visiting there was police chasing cars and people throwing rocks at the police also people taking drugs in daylight please avoid  more »
  • Well worth the visit. I was on a bus tour and we stopped on the other side of the road. Murals from the Troubles but also current events 
    Well worth the visit. I was on a bus tour and we stopped on the other side of the road. Murals from the Troubles but also current events  more »
  • I walked here from City Hall. Walking time of about 25-30 minutes. As someone who holds a British passport, I did not once feel uncomfortable walking around here. This is a republican/ nationalist... 
    I walked here from City Hall. Walking time of about 25-30 minutes. As someone who holds a British passport, I did not once feel uncomfortable walking around here. This is a republican/ nationalist...  more »

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