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By 1905 Belfast had once again became a hotbed of revolutionary forces.

Unionists reacted to the Home Rule Bills going through the UK Parliament with alarm as they were convinced that the Home Rule Bill would disadvantage Belfast’s industry and ruling class. Unionists converged behind a new Ulster Unionist Party with Nationalists coalescing behind local politicians such as Joe Devlin. New paramilitary entities emerged with the Ulster Volunteer Force and Irish Volunteers and Citizen Army and Belfast was set to become the focus of an urban civil war.

WWI prevented this but Republican reactionary forces then changed Irish history forever when they enacted the Easter Rising. Belfast was not impacted directly by the rising but it was by the Irish War of Independence and Civil War. WWII devastated Belfast yet it arose slowly from the ashes to once again become an engineering powerhouse mid-century. By the 1960s new technologies and the globalisation of world economies threatened Belfast’s industries but with new political leaders willing to grasp the opportunities of an all-Ireland/UK economic strategy Belfast was set to modernise. For some Unionists led by reactionary preacher/politicians this was a step too far and the relative peace and prosperity of the late 1950s and early 1960s became a footnote on what was to become the ‘Troubles.’

This expert experience led by Francis Higgins walks you through the places and explains the politics and people of Belfast and Ireland who shaped what could have been a rosy future that ended up in the rubble of the bombed-out buildings of the Troubles.

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  • Age Restriction – Over 16 Years of Age (but 14 Years of Age and over are permitted with parental attendance and consent)
  • Customer Support – Wireless VOX headsets to hear the guide throughout the tour
  • Weather Conditions – Tours can be delivered in rain but will be cancelled if a weather warning is issued
  • Tour Meeting Location – Outside White’s Tavern in Winecellar Entry

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Tickets & Pricing
  • Admission £17.50
Tue, 23 Apr 2024 2:00 - 4:00pm

White's Tavern, Garden & BeerHall

  • 2-4 Winecellar Entry
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT1 1QN

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Belfastlad Tours

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  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT132BW

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