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Every TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY at 10am from the Coiste mural at Divis Tower (Divis Street). For many, the Falls Road Mural Tour has been the highlight of their trip to Ireland. This particular tour has attracted visitors to West Belfast in their thousands in recent times. Many of them have had the unexpected opportunity to meet many leading figures involved in the current peace process and also those who were in prison as a result of the British/Irish conflict. Former activists and political ex-prisoners from within the Republican community host this 3 hour walking tour and provide the visitor with an in depth insight into the most recent phase of the Anglo/Irish conflict. The guides weave their own personal stories into the tour as they visit many different sites that explain both the local and wider history of Ireland. The tour starts at Coiste’s mural at Divis Tower at the bottom of the Falls Road and travels through West Belfast, visiting The International Wall with its many famous murals, and the Republican Memorial gardens. Included in the tour there is also a visit to the local Irish History Museum. The next major highlight of the tour is the internationally reknown Bobby Sands’ mural. The tour finishes at Milltown Cemetery, the site of Bobby Sands’ grave, where all three of the hunger strikers who died during the 1981 hunger strike are buried with other comrades who also paid the ultimate sacrifice in pursuance of their political beliefs. At the end of the tour, your guide will bring you to the nearby Felons Club and restaurant where you will receive a complimentary glass of Guinness. With the purchase of your ticket, you are entitled to a discount on the admission ticket for a visit to Áras Uí Chonghaile James Connolly Visitor Centre.
The joint Falls/Shankill Tour is a unique experience, blending the narratives of local republican activists and former prisoners telling their story of the past decades whilst guiding visitors through the republican areas of West Belfast and then, at the famous gates of the Peace Wall, handing over the visitors to former loyalists activists to hear their narratives of their localities. This gives a unique first hand narrative of experiences across Belfast communities. This three hours tour allows visitors to explore both the nationalist Falls Road and the unionist Shankill Road areas of Belfast. On the nationalist leg of the tour, the visitor will see the world famous International Wall with its political artworks, the Republican Memorial Garden and the world famous mural of Bobby Sands. This tour tracks the course of the “Peace Wall” and goes through Clonard with its famous Clonard Monastery Church and Bombay Street, the epicentre of events in 1969. The group will be then handed over to the loyalist tour guide who will bring it on to the Shankill Area, to hear the unionist/loyalist perspective on our past and visit local sites of interest. This 3 hours walking tour starts at the Coiste’s mural at Divis Tower (Divis Street) and finishes on the Lower Shankill Road.
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