Belfast: Political Wall Murals

The sectarian conflict between Irish Catholic Nationalists favoring the unification of the Republic and Unionist Protestant supporters of continued British rule impacted many facets of life in Northern Ireland. The Troubles, as this period of unrest came to be known, literally left its mark on the walls of the city of Belfast. Political murals, serving as both memorials and instruments of propaganda, were put up by both sides. The murals are primarily located by Falls Road, the Catholic area, and Shankill Road, the Protestant area. The easiest way to see the murals is to go on an organized tour, either the more generic double-decker bus city tours or the private taxi tours.