July 11th Bonfires, July 12th, The Orange Order, and the Marching Season in Northern Ireland
Jul11

July 11th Bonfires, July 12th, The Orange Order, and the Marching Season in Northern Ireland

Tomorrow is 12th of July, a day members of The Orange Order commemorate the 1690 Battle of the Boyne when the Dutch Protestant King William of Orange defeated his father-in-law, Catholic King James ll of England and Vll of Scotland. A couple years ago, Heidi McAlpin, editor of Belfast In Your Pocket, took Liam and me on a tour of the Belfast bonfires held on the eve of the 12th. It was quite an experience. You can watch, read and...

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Q & A: Should I Change My Plans to Visit Belfast and Northern Ireland?
Jun29

Q & A: Should I Change My Plans to Visit Belfast and Northern Ireland?

I’m going to Belfast this summer. Don’t know whether I should be worried about the recent riots? (note: this article was originally posted in June 2011) — Tanya Wren via Twitter I should start by confessing my bias. I love Northern Ireland, so it pains me every time the country gets bad press. Last week at the same time one of her own was celebrating victory at the US Open, Northern Ireland made headlines as two...

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Toppling Belfast Bonfire for FriFotos
May13

Toppling Belfast Bonfire for FriFotos

  A few years ago, we were invited to Belfast during The Twelfth celebrations in the city. On the eve of the biggest day in the Orange Order calendar, Protestant neighborhoods throughout the city light bonfires… some being quite large. This photo shows the one from the Shaw’s Bridge area. We also took some video from that night… sorry it’s low-res, and we have two audio episodes about the visit to Belfast....

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Security Concerns in Northern Ireland
Apr05

Security Concerns in Northern Ireland

After a targeted bomb attack killed a police officer in Omagh, Northern Ireland, last weekend, concerns over security and “The Troubles” have emerged among travelers. Anyone with worries or questions about safety when traveling Northern Ireland should read Ireland travel expert Bernd Biege’s post on the topic before pushing the panic button and changing their plans. He echoes comments we heard from Belfast in Your...

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#109 About Those Northern Ireland Travel Warnings
Sep04

#109 About Those Northern Ireland Travel Warnings

Episode Guide – Podcast #109 News on Those Northern Ireland Travel Warnings After the U.S. and Australia adjusted their travel information to Northern Ireland, we chatted with Heidi McAlpin, Belfast resident and editor of Belfast in Your Pocket. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen. Our Podcasts are availble on iTunes – here’s our link for Techies Show Notes: 00:00 Intro: The Devil’s Bit by Theresa Larkin & Noel...

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Belfast In Your Pocket Turns Five & You Can Get a Present! – Two Giveaways!
Jun08

Belfast In Your Pocket Turns Five & You Can Get a Present! – Two Giveaways!

Has it been five years already? It’s hard to believe Belfast In Your Pocket has been showering us with nuggets of useful travel info about Northern Ireland for THIRTY issues? Wowsers! To celebrate, they’re offering everyone a chance to win two nights B&B and one evening meal for two at any of the Jury’s Inn’s 31 UK and Ireland hotels. It’s totally free, you just have to answer a little trivia question about...

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