The capital of Northern Ireland is Belfast and it’s part of the United Kingdom.It has a good ‘feel’ about it with a friendly atmosphere.

There is plenty to keep you occupied during the day and also a varied night-life ranging from Night clubs to Comedy clubs.

Visit Northern Ireland’s Capital

Author: Colm BradyBelfast is the second largest city on the island of Ireland and the largest in Northern Ireland. Its rich, and sometimes troubled, history is a source of fascination to many visitors to Ireland and it is well worth visiting.The site where Belfast stands now has been inhabited for thousands of years, with evidence of human life there dating as far back as the Bronze Age. However, it was not until as recently as the 17th century that it began developing into the city it has become today.It established itself as a major industrial centre in the 18th century providing everything from tobacco to ships. In fact, Harland and Wolff was at one point one of the largest shipbuilders in the world. It was here that the ill-fated Titanic was built, although it was never to return.In the early 1920s Belfast became the capital of Northern Ireland, as the Republic of Ireland gained its independence from Britain. Although it was heavily bombed in World War II, it remained relatively peaceful up until the 1960s and the beginning of the Troubles.What started out as a civil rights movement exploded into over three decades of shootings, bombings and street violence. However, Northern Ireland’s capital has put these sad times behind it and in the past 10 years has blossomed into a peaceful and progressive city.The Provisional IRA has decommissioned its weapons and the British Army presence on the city streets is minimal. Also, recent political developments have seen sworn enemies coming together to govern the country.Today, Belfast and Northern Ireland are as safe and welcoming as any other part of Ireland and offer sights and experiences that should not be missed.

Colm Brady is Director of Business Development for Thrifty Car Rental Ireland and has worked with Thrifty since 2000. Colm is continually developing the companies business through both the traditional and online channels. Among the websites that are currently under the Thrifty Umbrella are: Car Rental Northern Ireland, and Car Rental N Ireland.

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