Belfast

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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Three weeks to finalise plans at ports for Brexit checks – official warns

AOL 04 Jun 2020
A senior official has warned that there are just three weeks to finalise plans for post Brexit checks at Northern Ireland ports ... “The last date to go to the European Commission to expect them to do the work they need to do to designate border control posts was March 31, but they’ve given us an extension through to the end of June....
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Paddy Raff: Comedy star of the coronavirus lockdown

The Irish Times 03 Jun 2020
Get the kids, pack the car, we’re going to Belfast Castle...Of course I’m driving, how else am I going to test my vision?... Raff played a soldout gig at Belfast’s biggest venue, the SSE Arena, in March, just before lockdown, only two years into his comedy career ... Is comedy post-Troubles easier or less edgy in Belfast? Can you get away with more?....
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George Floyd death: Trump 'crossed the line' with bible photo op, says new Presbyterian Church Moderator

Belfast Telegraph 03 Jun 2020
Surprise at Trump Bible photo op stunt, says Belfast man and former St John's Church member ... Rev Dr David Bruce became the 175th person to hold the post during a livestreamed ceremony in Belfast ... Rev Dr David Bruce became the 175th person to hold the post during a livestreamed ceremony in Belfast....
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Why trip to salon will be 'less craic, more clinical'... and tougher on pocket

Belfast Telegraph 01 Jun 2020
Co Armagh stylist and Belfast Telegraph columnist Keris Weir says that whatever the date, visiting the hair salon will be ... Belfast's Jason Shankey is putting the final touches in place to ensure those first post-lockdown visits will be safe for both his clients and staff....
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Coronavirus: Why trip to salon will be 'less craic, more clinical'... and tougher on pocket

Belfast Telegraph 01 Jun 2020
Co Armagh stylist and Belfast Telegraph columnist Keris Weir says that whatever the date, visiting the hair salon will be ... Belfast's Jason Shankey is putting the final touches in place to ensure those first post-lockdown visits will be safe for both his clients and staff....
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Moderator hails front line heroes as he takes up new role amid crisis

Belfast Telegraph 01 Jun 2020
The new Presbyterian Moderator highlighted the challenging legacy of Covid-19 as he took office last night. Rev Dr David Bruce became the 175th person to hold the post during a livestreamed ceremony in Belfast ... The last time it was postponed was in 1941 after the Luftwaffe blitz on Belfast. Dr Bruce said ... Dr Bruce added ... ....
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Belfast post-primary school opts out of academic selection due to pandemic

Belfast Telegraph 31 May 2020
A Belfast post-primary school has become the latest to opt out of academic selection due to the pandemic ... Ordinarily Lagan College, situated in South Belfast, has used the outcome of the assessments as part of its admissions policy, representing 35% of its annual intake of 200 children each year ... The principal added ... The principal added ... ....
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Tributes flood in for showband legend Brendan Bowyer after death at 81

Belfast Telegraph 30 May 2020
"He could draw crowds of two to three thousand a night," said Stephen, adding sadly. "The King is dead.". Stephen posted a picture of Brendan, who was synonymous with the Royal Showband, playing with the regrouped Miami in 2008 in Belfast ... Gerry Kelly posted ... He was a great showman." ... But it wasn't to be ... ....
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‘The pint man is back’: Belfast pub resumes delivery service after legal challenge

The Irish Times 29 May 2020
A Belfast pub has been given the go-ahead to resume its pint delivery service after the police said they were satisfied it was not in breach of licensing laws. “Pints are unpaused,” Hatfield House Bar in south Belfast posted on its Facebook page on Friday ... in Belfast on Friday....
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‘Scared and exhausted’ junior medics describe life on coronavirus frontline

Metro UK 29 May 2020
A mural painted in recognition of the NHS on the Falls Road in Belfast (Picture ...Nurses are constantly working with people who are infected, we are in this profession because we want to care for people and that will never change.’ Ciara McKernan, 27, nurse on the infectious diseases ward at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast....
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Fears Northern Ireland 'laughing gas' trend is spreading after empty canisters found

Belfast Telegraph 28 May 2020
Fears are rising that a new youth trend for inhaling potentially lethal nitrous oxide gas is spreading after more empty canisters were found in Belfast ... Earlier this week north Belfast councillor Paul McCusker posted on social media an image of concealed and unused laughing gas....
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Coronavirus: DUP MLA says there is 'no such thing as new normal' despite Arlene Foster's warning

Belfast Telegraph 28 May 2020
Christopher Stalford made his comments on social media on Tuesday after Northern Ireland recorded no new coronavirus deaths ... The South Belfast MLA posted. "Zero deaths today from Covid-19. This is good news ... Earlier this month Mr Stalford had to apologise after liking a tweet about domestic murder, posted by a Belfast-based polling company ... ....
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Urgent Trócaire appeal to return donations by phone or online

The Irish Times 24 May 2020
Trócaire has launched an urgent appeal for people to return donations from their Trócaire boxes online or over the phone. The charity said a 60 per cent decrease in donations to its Lenten appeal has put many of its “life-saving programmes at risk” ... By post to Trócaire, Freepost, Maynooth, Co. Kildare (ROI) or Trócaire, King Street, Belfast (NI) ... ....
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