Northern Ireland – Day 1

Northern Ireland ...

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FUN FACTS!

  1. Three American presidents (Jackson, Buchanan, and Arthur) were first-generation Americans whose fathers were born in Ulster. Seven more U.S. presidents have close roots to the country.
  2. John Dunlop invented the pneumatic tyre in Belfast!
  3. Northern Ireland is where Game of Thrones was filmed – Famous locations from the series include Dunluce Castle, the Dark Hedges, Ballintoy Harbour, and Magheramourne quarry.
  4. Since the Good Friday Agreement, signed in 1998, Northern Ireland has erected numerous “peace walls.” These walls separate Catholic and Protestant communities whose members cannot get along. 
  5. Nearly all the schools in Northern Ireland (93%) are segregated according to the two major religious groups in the country: Catholics and Protestants. 
  6. Like many places, there’s a lot of regional slang in Northern Ireland. Norn Iron words….!

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