J3274 : West Belfast, Peace Wall and Clonard Monasery

taken 5 months ago, near to Springfield, Belfast County Borough, Shankill, Beal Feirste and Skegoneill, Northern Ireland

West Belfast, Peace Wall and Clonard Monasery
West Belfast, Peace Wall and Clonard Monasery
One of the most prominent peace walls separates the nationalist Falls Road and unionist Shankill areas of West Belfast. Almost twenty years after the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 LinkExternal link , it is saddening to see this that this huge wall still stretches across the city to divide it. The Northern Ireland Executive has committed to the removal of this and the other peace walls by 2023(LinkExternal link The Irish Times); in the meantime, the wall has become something of a tourist attraction.

This view is from the Loyalist side of the wall. The large church on the other side is the Catholic Clonard Monastery, just off the Falls Road.
Peace Wall
The peace lines or peace walls are/were a series of separation barriers erected to separate nationalist and loyalist neighbourhoods during the Northern Ireland Troubles LinkExternal link in the late twentieth century. The peace lines were originally built as temporary structures meant to last only six months, but due to their effective nature they became wider, longer and more permanent; ranging in length from a few hundred yards to over three miles. They may be made of iron, brick, and/or steel and are up to 25 feet high.
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Date Taken
Friday, 26 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 25 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  Suburb, Urban fringe  People, Events 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic Lumix TZ60 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 321 743 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.0060N 5:57.3652W
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Irish: geotagged! J 325 745
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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West Belfast  Peace Line  Northern Ireland Troubles  Peace Wall  Place of Religious Worship  Roman Catholic  Church  Monastery 

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