Belfast's Peace Walls

The International Wall and Peace Walls of Belfast

Belfast is a city that gets a lot of press, mostly negative, but in recent years with the four decades-long conflict known as The Troubles having finished the city is experiencing a lot of positive publicity with a rejuvenation of the Cathedral Quarter and the docklands where Titanic was built.

But in other parts of the city, there are many so-called peace walls and barriers that are put in place to prevent mixing between the two sections of the community here.

With some strong work by local artists and community groups, however, there has been a focus on bringing Catholics and Protestants together or at least not keeping them apart as much.

That can be seen on the Cupar Way Peace Line in West Belfast that separates The Falls Road from The Shankill Road and stretches for miles with a height of over 13m in places. Here there are pieces of art by street artists, graffiti, sculptures and other pieces commissioned by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland and local community groups.

The main image in this article is a part of the International Wall on the Falls Road that typically features murals depicting scenes from international conflicts, characters in Northern Ireland's recent political history and environmental messages amongst others.

To read more about the peace walls and the International Wall have a look at the article that I wrote here for Untapped Cities.

Last modified on Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:06

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