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The dividing walls of Belfast

Belfast – 2011

I just returned from Belfast, a city that has suffered through the “Troubles” since the 1960’s. Due to rising violence, in 1969 city government started building walls between Catholic and Protestant sections. They were called “peaceline” barriers.

That clever name reminded me of the Berlin Wall. When the East German communist government erected the Berlin Wall in 1961 they called it the ‘Anti-Fascist Protection Barrier”, conveniently ignoring the fact that all the guns and barbed wire pointed east. George Orwell certainly was correct when he predicted the ability of governments to name things to suit their needs.

Chimneys of Catholic homes visible beyond the wall

The walls in Belfast were (continue reading)


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9 thoughts on “The dividing walls of Belfast

  1. This is really disturbing. I stupidly believed that all was well in Belfast. I haven’t heard any reference to this.

    Posted by lifeintheboomerlane | February 28, 2011, 8:13 pm
  2. I guess Robert Frost said it best-“good fences make good neighbors”.

    Posted by mapleman | March 1, 2011, 10:27 pm
  3. I’ve spent about 6 weeks of my life in Belfast in 1994. Doesn’t sound like things have changed that much. I publish excerpts of my Irish travel book on my KPKworld blog. I’ll be posting some amazing pertinent material soon, about THE TERRORIST CABBY OF BELFAST, under the category: “Irish Ramblings”. Check it out and let me know what you think. I really like the content on your blog. So many blogs have boring drivel. I’m subscribing.

    Kevin Paul Keelan, Santa Cruz, Ca.

    Posted by lastcre8iveiconoclast | March 7, 2011, 9:44 pm
  4. Still having such walls in 2011 shows how backward the people there are, i agree its just a spark away in a city full of flammable gas. then boom! back we go to the troubles

    Posted by enrico | July 28, 2011, 5:22 pm

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