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Please, see also Dublin, Bantry, and near Bantry, CastleDonovan, Gougane Barra,
and the neolithic sites of Beara's peninsula
All that you want to know about the ancient and the famous Clan O' Donovan
Belfast( centre)

The radical districts

The city of Belfast presents two very different aspects.
A modern centre, with businesses  but rather austere and left early by the inhabitants who get back the districts.
These are marked by a community. Only 10 % of the inhabitants live in "mixed" districts.
The most radical districts are covered with flags, with symbols and with regularly repainted murals, the pavements of streets loyal supporters are painted in blue - white-red, the colours of the Union-Jack
When districts are close, No-man's-land ruined always exist with streets partially blocked by metal gates. Police stations are immense bunkers protected by wire nettings

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Protestant and loyalist

The reference of the extremist Protestants stays the battle of the Boyne.
In 1690 Guillaume of Orange beats Jacques II, king of England, catholic and favorable in Irish

In hundred of metres only of Victoria Street, near the centre of Belfast, Sandy Row is a hard-line Protestant fief.

In Sandy Row, a mural in the glory of militias armed with the UDA

In Shankill Road, the red  hand, stemming from an old legend and resumed by the loyal supporters

At the edge of Shankill Road, protest of faith

Shankill Road's pavements, in the colours of the Union Jack

Fields(zones) buffers

Among Falls Road ( Catholic)
And Shankill Road ( Protestant),
Double reinforced door 

Police station, between Sandy Row (Protestant)
and the district of the Falls ( Catholic),

Removable dam in Belfast 

Among Falls Road and Shankill Road

Catholic republicans

The murals of the catholic districts are especially directed to the protest against the conditions of detention of the republican prisoners and against the methods of intervention of the police.

In Falls Road's beginning, isolated catholic building
and having undergone numerous attacks

Sheaves in the colours of  Ireland.

In homage to the victims of Falls Road's district

Support for a political prisoner

In the prison of Long Kesh, near Lisburn, 10 miles from Belfast, the republican prisoners had the status of political prisoners until 1976. They were so exempted from works of the prison, wore civil clothes and kept a certain internal organization within the prison.
This status of political prisoner was deleted to them in 1981, and the republican prisoners undertook in a process of non-cooperation, refusing to wear the uniform of prisoner, to wash himself and for some to eat.

Mural in the glory of Bobby Sands

Bobby Sands was the leader of the republican prisoners, on March 1-st he begins a hunger strike.
On April 10 Bobby Sands, always on hunger strike to Long Kesh, is elected representative of Fermanagh and South Tyrone at Westminster, as a replacement of Franck Maguire.
On May 5, Bobby Sands dies in his cell of Long Kesh, after 66 days of hunger strike. Rape riots in Belfast, Derry and Dublin.
He is buried in the cemetery Miltdown of Belfast.
In quite 10 republican prisoners will die in these conditions until October, 1981. By that time, their conditions of detention improve and they stop the movement.

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