Coordinates: 54°35′49″N 5°55′48″W / 54.597°N 5.930°W / 54.597; -5.930

Belfast (/ˈbɛl.fɑːst/ or /ˈbɛl.fæst/; from Irish: Béal Feirste, meaning "mouth of the sandbanks") is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland. Most of Belfast, including the city centre, is in County Antrim, but parts of East and South Belfast are in County Down. It is on the flood plain of the River Lagan. The city's motto is Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus (roughly Latin for "what shall we give in return for so much").

By population before the 2015 council reform, Belfast was the 17th largest city in the United Kingdom and the second largest on the island of Ireland. It is the seat of the devolved government and legislative Northern Ireland Assembly. At the time of the 2011 census, the city of Belfast had a population of 286,000. With the 2015 council reform it is 333,871 and lies at the heart of the Belfast Urban area, which has a population of 483,418 and the Belfast Metropolitan Area, which had a population of 579,276 at the 2001 census. The larger urban zone, as defined by the European Union, had an estimated total population of 673,000 on 1 January 2012. Belfast was granted city status in 1888.

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Only a tiny handful of survivors remain from a turning point in history and as ...

The Daily Mail 24 May 2024
Yet it could so easily have been a disaster ... ROBERT HARDMAN ... Keen to do something more than desk work, Christian became a 'plotter' and was posted to Belfast to chart the movements of Allied shipping in the Battle of the Atlantic ... They married in 1943 and then, the following year, she was posted back to London, by now pregnant with her first child ... ....

Young Belfast softball team’s resurgence is a decade in the making

Bangor Daily News 23 May 2024
Nokomis High School of Newport posted a 3-0 win over a Belfast team with 11 sophomores and freshmen on its 13-player roster, and the winning coach wanted to talk about the other side ... Belfast is currently 10-4 and the Lions’ 10 wins are the most in a season since 2007 ... Seven of the girls on the Belfast team were a part of that....

Blue Lights recap: series two finale – terrific, beautiful and a wee bit soapy

The Observer 20 May 2024
Here’s your debriefing on The Loyal... Speaking their truth helped both with their post-Troubles trauma ... Well, the post-work pub was called Orpheus Ballroom of Romance, in tribute to a much-missed Belfast venue ... Music had to wait until the bar scene, where Belfast country-rock duo Dea Matrona covered Dolly Parton’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning ... Share....

Knee-jerk nationalist rejection of the ECHR by the UK would set a terrible example for autocracies

The Irish Times 18 May 2024
... – which provides powers to remove “illegal” asylum seekers to Rwanda – should not apply to Northern Ireland because it breaches human rights protections guaranteed by the post-Brexit Windsor Framework deal, the Belfast Agreement and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)....

Dozens of small boats and engines used to try and bring migrants across the Channel ...

The Daily Mail 15 May 2024
Dozens of small boats and engines used to try and bring migrants across the Channel are being stored at a Dover warehouse ... Pictured are a group of people thought to be migrants in Dover, May 13 ... The High Court in Belfast decided that parts of the Illegal Migration Act cannot apply in the province because of post-Brexit agreements with the EU ... ....

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The Daily Mail 14 May 2024
The High Court in Belfast decided yesterday that parts of the Illegal Migration Act cannot apply in the province because of post-Brexit agreements with the EU ... The post-Brexit framework includes a stipulation that there can be no diminution of the rights provisions contained within Northern Ireland's Good Friday peace agreement of 1998....

What implications does the Belfast asylum seeker court ruling have for the Republic?

The Irish Times 13 May 2024
Sinéad Marmion, asylum and immigration solicitor at Phoenix Law, described Monday's ruling at the Belfast High Court in relation to the UK's Illegal Migration Act as 'absolutely landmark', Photograph ... What were the findings in the Belfast High Court on Monday and who took the ......

Rwanda Plan Incompatible With Windsor Framework, Judge Rules

The Epoch Times 13 May 2024
... of the provisions of the Illegal Migration Act 2023 in Northern Ireland because they undermine human rights protections granted in post-Brexit agreements....

Vilnius tops locations for a bargain city break, according to study

AOL 11 May 2024
The cost of a Belfast break was put at £629, making it more expensive than Dublin (£579) for the first time in the Post Office’s 17th annual cost comparison ... Belfast, ......

Mainers dazzled by northern lights brought on by solar storm

Bangor Daily News 11 May 2024
Got any more aurora images you’d like to share? Email them to with your name and where they were taken, and we might post them ... View this post on Instagram. A post shared by Pineland Farms (@pinelandfarms) ... View this post on ......

Brucewatch: Where is Bruce Springsteen? All eyes on The Boss as he rocks up in Belfast

The Irish Times 09 May 2024
Performer is due to take to the stage in Belfast on Thursday evening and has chosen a plush hotel as his base ... Belfast, Cork, Kilkenny and Dublin ... But where has he been spotted so far?Belfast. According to one Instagram post, Bruce was seen outside his Belfast hotel by eagle-eyed fan Stephen Coulter. View this post on Instagram....

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