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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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  • It's the equivalent of shankill roads for Catholics. Besides it's a hotbed of clashes during the unrest. The murals are very sophisticated and very well known. Those devoted to international news often change. It is very easy to walk.
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  • An interesting area with a rich history. Great everywhere you painted the walls with her messages & information to be conveyed...
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  • To understand the political situation in Northern Ireland, you have to walk through these walls, showing the difficult territorial and political situation between unionists (Protestants) and Republican (Catholic). The separation of two neighborhoods, two cultures, two political postures. Tension and violence, but a place is key to understanding the story. The walls speak for themselves. A key site.
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