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Falls Road, Belfast

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The Falls Road is the main road through west Belfast in 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. It is known as one of the more famous streets in Northern Ireland, drawing many tourists all year round. 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 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. 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.These included Raglan Street (named after Lord Raglan, commander of British forces in the Crimean War), Alma Street (named after the Battle of Alma), Balaklava Street (named after the Battle of Balaklava), Inkerman Street (named after the Battle of Inkerman), and Sevastopol Street (named after the Siege of Sevastopol).
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  • Is something unique in the world, so picturesque as sad. You must know, discover it with respect and try to understand it, it is a place that invites reflection.
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  • Pausing on our Belfast tour to look at the murals on the walls of the Falls Road brought back feelings of thankfulness that 'The Troubles' are at an end .. I hope for ever. Whilst understanding the is...  read more »
  • Falls road is the main street of the Catholic neighborhood. "The peace wall" that is well known for his social and political murals as well as the great wall the serpara in the Protestant neighborhood. We did with Coiste political tour. Danny Republican ex-prsinionero explained in first person as has lived the conflict in the Catholic neighborhood and as today face the acurdos of peace implementation. Very advisable, both from the point of view political as social.
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