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Join guides Sean Napier and Colm Dore on the #1798 Walking Tour and take a journey of enlightenment, inclusion and radicalism through the streets of Belfast.
Starting at the entrance of St Georges Church, you will enjoy a gentle stroll that follows the footsteps of Theobald Wolfe Tone and Henry Joy McCracken as you learn about the founding of the first Society of United Irishmen in Crown Entry and the events that radicalised Belfast during the 18th century and beyond.
Influenced by the democratic principles of the French revolutionary ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity, the United Irishmen's radical thinking on enlightenment earned Belfast the title of The Athens of the North.
Three resolutions guided republicans for the next two centuries.
"First resolved — That the weight of English influence on the Government of this country is so great as to require a cordial union among all the people of Ireland, to maintain that balance which is essential to the preservation of our liberties and the extension of our commerce.
Second — That the sole constitutional mode by which this influence can be opposed is by a complete and radical reform of the representation of the people in Parliament.
Third — That no reform is practicable, efficacious or just which shall not include Irishmen of every religious persuasion.”
Be transported to 1798 and feel revolution in the air!
This short walking touch is accessible to people with wheelchairs or people unable to walk long distances.
Top Reasons To Visit
- History - Learn what happened in radical Belfast in the late 18th Century
- Education - Hear from guides about local history up to degree level
- Information - Learn the facts and decide if you’ve been enlightened
- Entertainment - Enjoy the Belfast wit from throughout the centuries
- Interest - Discover strange and wonderful things the people of Belfast got up to
Tour and Ticket Information
Time: Saturday afternoons from 11.30am – 2pm
Starting point: St Georges Church, 105 High St, Belfast BT1 2AG