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Since my visit to Belfast in 1992, there have been major changes in the city. The shipyard, where once the Titanic was fabricated, is now under redevelopment. In the past 12 years, one of the cities most striking changes is its active nightlife, which was almost non existent during the time of the "troubles".

Saint Anne's Cathedral - The final resting place of the leader against Home Rule, Lord Carson (1854-1935) .

Just like their southern counterparts, we found the residents of Belfast to be friendly and hospitable.

On our visit to the city's downtown district, it was full of shoppers. My son and wife opted to join the spending throng while I moved down the street to take some photos of city hall.
Belfast's City Hall, located on Donegall Square, was constructed at the very start of the 20th century. The building's central dome is clad in copper and rising to a height of approx. 175 feet. Tours, lasting about 45 minutes, are available Mon-Sat of the City Hall's interior. For tour times and reservations call - 028 9032 0202.
It never fails, as I approached the City Hall so did a large parade of city workers making known their solidarity on having living wages. I had arranged to meet my wife in front of the Hall but now there was a mass of humanity blocking my continued progress. Picking a streetlight to lean on, I set my sights on both sides of the street hoping to spot my family before they entered the crowd.

If you are spending a few days in Belfast and want to explore its nightlife, you might want to check out the Odyssey located on Queen's Quay. Besides being the site of a number of nightclubs, the center houses an interactive science center and an Imax theater. If you are looking for Belfast's Hard Rock Cafe, you will also find it located in the Odyssey.



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Most of the information on this website was gather during my family's July 2004 visit to Ireland