Northern Ireland

One only needs to travel to Britain to understand why it is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Britain is a nation where history comes to life with castles and museums that will dazzle anyone. The people are friendly and the countryside is incredible. I traveled to Northern Ireland on a grand tour of the island, including the Republic of Ireland in 2002. I returned for a short visit to Belfast in 2013.

Celtic tribes settled on the island from 600-150 B.C. Invasions by Norsemen that began in the late 8th century were finally ended when King Brian BORU defeated the Danes in 1014. English invasions began in the 12th century and set off more than seven centuries of Anglo-Irish struggle marked by fierce rebellions and harsh repressions. A failed 1916 Easter Monday Rebellion touched off several years of guerrilla warfare that in 1921 resulted in independence from the UK for 26 southern counties; six northern (Ulster) counties remained part of the United Kingdom. In 1948 Ireland withdrew from the British Commonwealth; it joined the European Community in 1973. Irish governments have sought the peaceful unification of Ireland and have cooperated with Britain against terrorist groups.

Giants Causeway 2002

Belfast 2013