Political Tour-Conflicting Stories

Political Tour-Conflicting Stories

Political Tour-Conflicting Stories
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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
Belfast, Northern Ireland

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WDbxl
Nottingham, UK122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I had just done the Falls road side a few years back and wanted to check out the conflicted stories version. The Falls side this time was a bit disappointing, to be honest. The guide was overly distracted by some rather pushy guests and remained off topic for much of his time, debating Gaza and Israel, rather than sharing anything about his own community or much about the neighbourhood that we walked through. This was a pity, given that he clearly has lived through and seen so much! The Shankill side gave us a better history and overview of their community, which left us feeling a bit more lopsided (and my family members with gaps in the story that I filled in later for them) more so than I would have liked. Definitely recommend it, but make sure to read up on the situation beforehand!
Written 14 April 2024
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nicolette1509
St. Albans, UK37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
An excellent tour if you are interested in the history and up to date conflict in West Belfast. Both tour guides were passionate about their story. The second tour guide was angry in his recount of his experience. At times quite repetitive. It seems so hard to understand that a wall still divides and gates are locked at 7pm. We cane away with more understanding but also concerned that everyone is still at risk.
Written 13 April 2024
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jomc2105
United Kingdom140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Heavy, raw and powerful! This is not for the faint of heart hearted.
Very different approach from both guides.
Starting at the catholic end of west Belfast with previous member of the IRA.
Then onto the Protestant side with a previous british soldiers.
What surprised me is that the gates at the wall between the 2 sides still lock at 7pm and do not reopen till 6am. 26 years after ceasefire
Very emotional! I highly recommend
Written 10 April 2024
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Pantelis B
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Apr 2024 • Couples
Thank you Robert, for a very personal and also emotional first part of this tour. I learnt a lot more details on the history of the British occupation here. But I also see a beacon of light within all this "they-did-we-did" conflicts. My deepest respect for your work and contribution to enable the youth to overcome the borders in their minds set up by the surrounding environment. Robert starts to understand his responsibility in solving this conflict.
Five stars here.

Mark then took over at "Checkpoint Charlie". We all felt his anger. But I never was explained, why the British invaded Ireland. I am really sorry, but counting up dead babies and hatred - also against their own British governments - will never ever open a path for at least negotiations to get over with this conflict. The thing I will remember from the second half of the tour is a situation on Shankill Road, where some ill-minded youngsters shouted at the group ”get of your f**k**g cu**s from our territory". This attitude tells a lot: the invaders and their descendants aren't ready to admit their part of this story.
Two stars here.
Written 6 April 2024
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profstephenpauldray
Billericay, UK12 contributions
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This was a superb immersive experience into the Troubles and their antecedents and aftermath through people on both sides of the divide who lived through them. The Falls Road was a bit noisy and tended to make the guide's voice indistinct on occasions. Excellent value for money.
Written 24 March 2024
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Warren M
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Mar 2024 • Couples
Robert was AMAZING. His knowledge and experience made the tour very informative and his perspective was uplifting and encouraging.
Mark's perspective was entirely one-sided with no understanding of history before his own experience. His choice of language portrayed a culture of hatred.
Written 24 March 2024
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Mark M
Maidstone, UK21 contributions
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What a great experience - receiving the conflicting views presented by each side of the conflict was very insightful and thought provoking - a must if you are in Belfast
Written 20 March 2024
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Martin A
London, UK57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This gives you an insight into the loyalist and nationalist sides of West Belfast. The walk starts at the infamous Divis Flats in nationalist West Belfast where your guide is a former combatant so as you expect has seen the Troubles at close hand. Paul the guide is an engaging man showing you the key locations around the Falls Road such as the murals, conflict with the security forces and gardens of remembrance for nationalist combatants.
The second part of the tour is in loyalist West Belfast with our guide Mark an ex British combatant. It was good to see that the two shook hands. Mark gave us more a series of talks about the current and past situation for the loyalist population. He concentrated on the attacks on his community pointing out sites of attacks and the current political situation in Northern Ireland.
The only things to remember are that each guide speaks from their past so please bear that in mind. We should remember that every death left a family with an unfillable regardless of the side of the peace wall you live on.
Written 14 March 2024
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Sueh2120
Nottingham7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It was really enlightening to hear 2 different views of the same situation. Both your guides were powerrful in different ways. We came to understand and left with more knowledge and also more confusion! We left feeling the troubles were far from over.
Written 13 March 2024
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Scot traveller
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A very informative walking tour putting over both sides of the story. Both of our guides were honest and open to questions .
Written 12 March 2024
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