Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland Money-Saving Tips

Rent a car

Though navigating down the left side of the road takes some getting used to, driving by car is the best way to see Northern Ireland. Highways, roads, towns, and attractions are all well marked.

Bug off

Stock up on bug spray. Midges, as those tiny, biting no-see-ums are called in this part of the world, can often descend in rural parts of the region.

The Twelfth

Join many locals and avoid Northern Ireland over “The Twelfth.” July 12th commemorates 1690’s Battle of the Boyne and sees huge parades of Protestants march throughout the region. Since 2006, parade-related violence has receded, but tensions still run high.


If you’ve come to research your family history, scanning headstones in cemeteries won’t get you nearly as far as Northern Ireland’s well-organized genealogical resource centers.

Peace at last

In June 2007, Northern Ireland hailed the final end to the political struggles known as the Troubles when Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein were sworn in as joint heads of a new government in Northern Ireland.

Six pack

Northern Ireland contains six counties (Antrim, Down, Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh, and Londonderry) of the nine that make up Ulster, one of the four traditional Irish provinces. The other three Ulster counties (Cavan, Monaghan, and Donegal) are across the border in the Republic of Ireland.


The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast’s alternative, cutting-edge festival, gets bigger every year, with comedy, family events, street theatre, and more. Early to mid May.

Festivities fit for Queens

Adding to the already dynamic arts scene in the city, Belfast Festival, Ireland’s largest international arts festival, draws over 50,000 people for everything from Shakespeare to ballet to pop. October-November

"Heart attack on a plate"

Get set for the day ahead by ordering an Ulster Fry, a traditional breakfast of fried eggs, sausage, bacon, fried soda bread, potato bread, and tomatoes – or act like locals and have it for lunch or dinner.

London oak

There’s no simple answer for what to call Northern Ireland’s second largest city. Named after the Irish for “oak tree,” Derry had “London” added by British settlers in the 1600s. Today it’s usually “Derry” to Nationalists/Catholics and “Londonderry” to most Unionists/Protestants.

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