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Northern Ireland Property – Find Your New Home

Finding the right piece of Northern Ireland property can be difficult if you don’t know where to look. The best way to find properties that suit your needs is to visit the local estate agent in the area where you are thinking of investing.

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Properties near cities, like most other countries, are more expensive to rent and buy.You may find that buying further out from the main cities gives you better value for money and more space.

As Northern Ireland is quite a small country, you are never usually more than a one hour commute from your nearest city or workplace.

Public transport in this country is average and wouldn’t be as good as some other countries in the UK. Most people prefer to drive to and from work as it is more convenient for them to use the car rather than getting bus.

If you want to do some research on property in Northern Ireland before you visit or think about moving, one of the best online resources that I have found is NI Property News.

It contains information and listings for nearly all property in this country, which is available to buy or rent. You can find it by typing NI Property News in the search box below.

If you still can’t find what you are looking for with regards properties in Northern Ireland, then try using the search box below to widen your search.

Try phrases such as ‘homes in Northern Ireland’ or ‘property in Northern Ireland’.

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The Northern Ireland Conflict – How Were You Affected?

The Northern Ireland conflict, also known just as ‘The Troubles’ was a period of political unrest in Northern Ireland, which lasted approximately 30 years.They were finally over in 1998 when the Good Friday Agreement was signed and peace was declared.The conflict didn’t just affect people in Northern Ireland and many times spilled over the border into the Republic of Ireland and also the British mainland.Although officially at peace, violence still continues in Northern Ireland from time-to-time on a small scale basis by dissident paramilitary groups.The main issues surrounding the ‘Troubles’ were the ownership and ruling of Northern Ireland and relationship of the people, who were made up from either Protestant or Roman Catholic communities.Protestants were related to Loyalism and Unionism, where-as Roman Catholics were relative to Republicianism and Nationalism.

If you would like to read more about the history of Northern Ireland and how the conflict came about, ‘flashpoints’ explains it in detail.

Were You Affected By The Troubles?

Do you have a story about the Northern Ireland Troubles that you would like to share with other readers of Northern Ireland Travel.Your story can be about everything and anything related to the 30 years of trouble in Northern Ireland. You might have met someone special, been injured or saw something funny taking place.Whatever your memories and experiences, you can share them with us. You can also leave comments on other people’s stories about the Troubles. Maybe when you read through the stories, you can relate to them or maybe you were part of them in some way.Don’t be shy!

Stories That Other People Have Shared

Click below to see stories that other visitors have been kind enough to share with us…

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Local Business Guide For Northern Ireland

If you own a local business in Northern Ireland, then make it known to a larger targeted audience by advertising on this site.We have visitors from all over the world interested in tourism in Northern Ireland.They want to find places to stay, eat, shop for gifts and be able to see the local attractions.If you have a Hotel, B&B, Gift shop, Tour company, or any other business service that wants to provide an unforgetable experience for our visitors, then this is a great opportunity for you to promote your business.

If you are interested in this great opportunity, then find out more information on our Advertise With Us page.

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Parklands Farmhouse is a 100 acre Ulster farm situated at the base of Knockagh Hill, overlooking Belfast Lough.Belfast City Sightseeing Bus TourTaking a Belfast City Sightseeing Bus Tour is one of the best ways to find out about this historic city. The tour guides’ knowledge of Belfast Culture is exceptional.The Ferguson Brass QuintetA Brass Quintet based in greater Belfast, Northern Ireland, which is available to perform at Weddings, Banquets and other private functions. Made up of five musicians, which are the cream of local talent.

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Northern Ireland Food and Drink – Delicious

The best food and drink to start your day with is an Ulster Fry – bacon, eggs and sausages alongside potato bread with tasty local butter and a big mug of tea.

After a hearty breakfast head to St. Georges Market in Belfast. Saturday provides a bustling Farm and Speciality Market where you’ll find local apple juice alongside seafood, beef and pork from nearby farms.There’s even ostrich from Ballyclone! There’s so much food and drink, you’ll find it hard to make a choice.If seafood is you’re thing, then take a trip to Strangford. The Loch with it’s wildlife and whirlpools provides a great place to harvest oysters.There’s no better a place for this kind of food, so enjoy them at a friendly pub, served on ice with a pint of Guinness. Some people like them hot and spiced with a glass of wine in a trendy bistro…either way they’re as special as the scenery.Many visitors to Northern Ireland want to try the more traditional menu featuring Irish Stew. Tender local lamb simmering gently amongst potatoes, carrots and onions and Champ…creamy mashed potatoes flecked with green scallions.Also look for cheese with Dulse in it, the tangy edible seaweed ‘showing off’ the perfection of creamy cheese made from local milk.Northern Ireland’s lakes and rivers provide an abundance of fish, such as salmon, trout, pike, perch and eels. The sea provides lobsters, prawns, oysters and mussels and all kinds of fish including cod, skate, plaice, herrings and mackerel. Dulse is a red seaweed which has traditionally been gathered and used as food. It can be mixed with mashed potato to make dulse champ. Carrageen, or Irish moss, is usually gathered from the sea in the spring and used fresh or dried in various dishes.Northern Ireland’s rich soil, dependable rain, clear waters and lush pasture land produce some of the world’s tastiest food and drink, their magnificent flavors crafted by gentle climate and artisan skill. It’s this wonderful combination of natural resources backed by considerable experience in food processing, first class health and hygiene controls and a commitment to quality that means in Northern Ireland – “Good Food and Drink is in our Nature.”For centuries food and drink have been important parts of our culture and today agriculture and food manufacturing form the very backbone of the local economy. Much of traditional Northern Irish food was hearty and simple, with many and varied local delicacies; speciality foods based on potatoes – boxty and champ; tender lamb based stews; bacon and cabbage; brambly apple pies; wheaten and soda breads; smoked herring and salmon; buttermilk and creamy butter.

Today the cuisine in Northern Ireland is fresh, creative and tastefully presented. From farm shops and farmers markets, local pubs and cafes to the finest restaurants, Northern Ireland offers a gastronomic adventure in the food and drink market and a freshness borne out of tradition.

Northern Ireland Food

In early times Ireland was woodland. The inhabitants relied on the native mammals, birds, fishes and vegetation for subsistence. Eventually the land was cleared and cultivation began. Domestic animals were also introduced and the animals that were raised provided a new source of food. Today Ireland has a vibrant agricultural economy. This is reflected in the fine fare and food and drink that Ireland has to offer today.

By the 17th Century there was a diversity of culinary traditions along with social status. The peasantry relied mostly on diary products and oats for their nourishment, while the well to do, relied more on meats and alcoholic beverages. By the 18th Century the cuisine of the wealthy became more varied with a greater French food and drink influence. As the 19th Century approached, the potato was the main staple of one third of the population.

After the Great Hunger, potatoes and oats were still the main staples of the Irish diet. Toward the end of the century, the first processed foods where introduced. Although the food in Ireland at this time was nourishing, it was mediocre in taste and presentation. Restaurants and eating-houses with fine food and drink were on the increase in the cities. However, their menus often shied away from traditional dishes because they were thought as ‘famine foods’.

In the latter part of the 20th Century, the food and drink in Ireland became markedly better. A new generation, of chefs emerged in Ireland making rapid advancement in the Culinary Arts. They brought back and air of confidence, a realm of creativity and established themselves in the world their marvelous preparation and presentation of food. Today, the cuisine in Ireland is often fresh, creative, and tastefully presented. Food and drink at the top of its game. Gone are the days of the unimaginative, bland, overcooked meat and potatoes. Fresh seafood, such as, salmon, trout and shellfish, and many others are locally caught and prepared fresh to the table. In addition there is a bountiful supply of fresh locally produced vegetables and meats.

A Full Irish Breakfast is very hearty and delicious. It can often sustain you throughout the day. This meal generally consists of eggs, rashers (bacon), bangers (sausage), baked fresh tomatoes, fresh mushrooms, white pudding, black pudding, fresh fruit, brown bread, or toast, or scones, with a bit of butter and marmalade. Add some juice, a pot of tea or freshly brewed coffee with cream and a bit of brown sugar and you truly have a meal. In Northern Ireland, the fully cooked breakfast is called an ‘Ulster Fry’ and includes the addition of a fried potato farl. Did you know bacon and eggs are of Irish origin?

Soups and sandwiches are a favorite for lunch. Many of the soups are a puree of sorts or a broth, served piping hot, and delicious. Broths were used in early times in Ireland, some included oatmeal and vegetables. Along the coastal areas seaweeds were included. Many hotels and restaurants offer a Carvery Lunch. This is a hot meal, served cafeteria style, usually including hot potatoes, vegetables, a couple of choices of meats with gravy, a selection of breads, and deserts.

The mid day meal in rural Ireland is generally the largest meal of the day. People living and working in the cities, follow a 9 to 5 routine, making dinner the more substantive meal.

Dining in Ireland can be an Epicurean delight. Often the food and drink is fresh in all respects. The seafood can especially wonderful. Naturally raised lamb is used in many recipes from Irish Stew to Roast Leg of Lamb. Beef is the traditional Sunday roast, and is still prepared in many homes to this day. Potatoes are still an important part of the Irish diet. Potato in Irish is ‘pratai’, translated as praties.

The hospitality of the Irish is unsurpassed. This custom goes back to ancient times the Brehon Laws declared you must share hospitality with the bard or stranger who knocks on your door. If you did not, you were shamed and could be punished. The custom is still prevalent in Irish society today. Often times when visiting with family or soon to be friends, you are treated to ‘a taste of Ireland’ with a slice of homemade Brown Bread or Soda Bread. There are a multitude of recipes for both breads, which are relatively easy to make. There is nothing quite like enjoying a slice of hot baked bread with creamy butter and a dollop of marmalade, washed down with a delicious cup of piping hot tea.

Northern Ireland Drink

In the earliest of times, the Irish enjoyed home brewed beverages. The favorite was Mead, a honey wine that was both potent and delicious. Ales were also brewed. The Brehon Laws established rules for the sales and operation of the Ale Houses.

In the late 17th Century, tea was introduced in Ireland and became very popular, but expensive. In rural Ireland in the mid 1800s, there was a major increase of tea drinking. Small shops of grocers were established in the towns and villages. The grocers exchanged butter and eggs for tea and sugar. Today, the Irish drink more tea per capita than any other nation.

Whiskey in Ireland dates back to the 12th Century. When the Normans invaded, they could not pronounce the Gaelic ‘Uisce Beatha’ ‘Water of Life’. Instead, they used the word ‘fuisce’ which became whiskey. Whiskey has been an Irish drink for centuries. It is thought that the Monks brought the distilling techniques from Europe.

The Old Bushmills distillery has had a licence to make whiskey since 1608, revel in the taste of generations of expertise in a shining crystal glass, in a delectable Irish coffee or in a sumptuous sauce over locally caught salmon.

The first commercial whiskey distilleries were established in Ireland during the 18th Century. Kilbeggan Distillery was founded in 1757. Jameson was founded in 1780, Bushmills in 1784 and Powers in 1791. During this time a formal distillery licensing was introduced and taxes were levied. Irish distilleries declined over the years through acquisition or failure. By the early 1960s only four distilleries were still in operation and distilling in Dublin had ceased altogether. In 1988 Pernod Ricard of France acquired Irish Distillers, the largest producer in Ireland. Eight centuries of tradition were gone. The only Irish-owned, independent, Irish whiskey distillery established in the 20th century is Cooley Distillery.

Although some whiskeys are stilled made in Ireland, many of the companies are no longer Irish owned. However, the whiskey in Ireland still flows. Stop at any Pub along your journey and there will be a whiskey bottle on the top shelf just waiting for you to take a dram.

Beer is still a favorite beverage for the mass population. There are ales, stout and microbrews. Irish Breweries are located throughout the Republic of Ireland with most being in Dublin. Northern Ireland also has a few. The most popular beer in Ireland is Guinness, brewed at St. James Gate, Dublin. It is often said ‘the closer you get to Dublin the better the Guinness’ and there is probably some truth this. Other noteworthy malt beverages include Smithwicks, Kilkenny, Murphy’s and Beamish. Ciders are also popular. What a fine selection of food and drink!

So, no matter what your preference may be, there is something for almost everyone from a nice cup of tea to a wonderful pint!

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