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Political Tour-Conflicting Stories

#30 of 221 Tours in Belfast
Belfast, United Kingdom
About Political Tour-Conflicting Stories
Discover a side of Belfast you won't find in the Tourist books, We invite you to walk the streets of the city on both sides of the Peace Line with the men and women who have served time in prisons for standing up for their beliefs. Ex-political prisoners from the Republican Falls Road and Loyalists or ex British soldiers from the Shankill Road, all ex-combatants who grew up the the area will share their own personal stories on this 3 hour tour
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Step across Belfast’s divisions—and learn what life was like during the Troubles—on this powerful, two-in-one tour. You’ll have the rare chance to explore the city with two different guides: both former political prisoners, one with Loyalist and one with Republican allegiances. In their company, you’ll learn more about the era in history, will see the city’s murals, will tour Catholic Falls Road and Protestant Shankill Road, and more.
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Zoe H wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom12 contributions2 helpful votes
What an interesting tour! Both Paul and Mark gave us an intriguingly interesting view and account of the turbulent times during The Troubles from two different perspectives. They both really brought this period to life. Highly recommended!!
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Date of experience: October 2020
paul g wrote a review Sep 2020
12 contributions4 helpful votes
This is a brilliant tour because you get to hear two sides of the same story, from two people who lived on either side of the Peace Wall. We started on the Falls Road with Gerard, a Republican who was a former IRA volunteer and served two stints in jail for his part within that organisation. He explained the context for the beginnings of the Republican movement in Northern Ireland, and how and why he got involved in the IRA, and how people in the Republican community felt at that time. Gerard is a really compelling speaker and is happy to answer any questions you might have. On the other side of the wall, Mark (a former soldier), showed us the Peace wall and the gates which divide the two communities, which are still shut every night - something we found very surprising. His perspective gave great insight into the consequences of the troubles on his community, and the fear many unionists lived with at the time. He also shared some of the work he is doing to try and bring children from different communities together. All in all, both guides gave a unique and well articulated perspective on the history and future of their respective communities. This was a highlight of our trip to Northern Ireland - would highly recommend.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Julie3110 wrote a review Sep 2020
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom25 contributions1 helpful vote
I went on the Belfast taxi tour - conflicting stories and would highly recommend the tour ..... Due to covid the walking tour wasn’t available so we chose the taxi tour and I am really glad we had this option. The tour started with Paul - ex prisoner who had served 12 years for his involvement during the troubles in Ireland back in the 70’s/80’s and was very passionate and knowledgable about how the ‘troubles’ have shaped west Ireland today. He spoke about the people he shared time with in prison and how the hunger strikes affected the outcome of many of the prisoners fighting for what they believed to be the truth at that time. He clearly felt the English Army fought unfairly and lives were lost for this reason. Paul didn’t try and persuade - he just clearly and informatively gave his side of a very very troubled story. I grew up in a world where I was taught the IRA bombed and killed without thought of their consequences - will Paul change your mind? We then passed through some huge gates and parked beside the Peace Wall to meet Mark - an ex British Army Solider and MI5 employee and how the story changed. He again was amazingly knowledgable and clearly loved protecting Ireland .... a really lovely family man who had been through an awful ordeal and nearly lost everything for what he believed in. He explained the divide in Ireland and how, despite lots of hard work, the inground memories will almost stop change ever happening. The PEACE WALL! - I shudder to call this the peace wall as clearly there is no peace in this part of Ireland. These people use different school, different shops, different pubs, different banks - the list goes on ..... peace almost doesn’t exist and this amazing tour will explain the reasons why. I loved the tour but have the admit that I have come away feeling even more confused. Maybe that is the real point. Maybe coming away to research and think about what you have been told is a good thing. Not to accept the past but explore the reasons it all happened.
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Date of experience: September 2020
MarkLB wrote a review Jul 2020
Pasadena, California11 contributions2 helpful votes
This was a highlight of our trip. The stories, told as we walked the neighborhoods, were personal, jarring, with both convictions and regrets. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Steven Swift wrote a review Mar 2020
Oakland, California3 contributions
Our walking tour was superb! Our guide was knowledgable of the era discussed, personable and very engaging. I would (and will) encourage anyone to take the tour!
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Date of experience: March 2020