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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Inside Sophie Turner's 24th birthday bash with Joe Jonas in Paris

The News International 23 Feb 2020
View this post on Instagram ... #sophieturner #sansastark #gameofthrones #jeangrey #xmen #darkphoenix #joejonas #jophie #jonasbrothers #nickjonas #priyankachopra #birthdaycelebration #belfast #northernireland. A post shared by sophietfan (@sophietfan.belfast) on Feb 22, 2020 at 3.42am PST ... View this post on Instagram....

Why did former NI pageant winners Zoe Salmon and Amira Graham enter a national beauty contest again, years after being crowned?

Belfast Telegraph 22 Feb 2020
I go to the Beyond Skin Clinic in Belfast regularly, and they've been fantastic ... Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph ... Miss GB contestant Amira Graham (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph) ... I used to row when I was doing a post-grad diploma at Queen's in Belfast, and I do a big walk with the dog and my boyfriend Ben on a Sunday....

Garda intelligence deemed members of IRA army council play a key role in SF decisions

Irish Independent 22 Feb 2020
The brutal murder of former republican prisoner Kevin McGuigan in a Belfast pub in August 2015 put the spotlight on the post-decommissioning and ceasefire status of the Provisional IRA ... It found that the seven-strong army council, according to intelligence, "oversees both Provisional IRA and Sinn Féin with an overarching strategy" ... ....

Crime fiction round-up: Gerard O’Donovan keeps it reel in 1922 Hollywood

The Irish Times 22 Feb 2020
One son, for example, remembers how “his father used to look at him like this from time to time, like he was a broken gift with a no return policy” ... His debut novel, Terry Brankin Has a Gun (Merrion Press, €16.95), centres on the eponymous anti-hero, who was once an IRA “bomber with a conscience” and is now a solicitor in post-Troubles Belfast ... ....

Alliance's Sorcha Eastwood to get five-figure payout over DUP man's 'Provisional IRA' comments

Belfast Telegraph 20 Feb 2020
Graham Craig also issued an unreserved apology to Sorcha Eastwood, accepting that his comments on social media were completely unfounded and compromised her security ... Mr Craig, a DUP councillor in Belfast at the time, later deleted the post and posted an apology for remarks he accepted were untrue ... It said ... The statement confirmed ... ....

Bakery workers to vote on pay deal after pancake threat

Irish Independent 18 Feb 2020
WORKERS at a Belfast bakery are to vote on a new pay offer from company bosses after a strike which had threatened supplies of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday today. Bakers at Allied Bakeries in east Belfast had walked out on Sunday in a row over a 3pc pay claim ... Flour in Belfast....

Getting closer to the whole truth of the Troubles

The Irish Times 18 Feb 2020
I have tried to recreate how Belfast felt at times in my life and record something of how it has changed ... The novel is set in post-peace process Belfast, referring back to the Troubles period and a shocking bomb attack ... I said reporters in Belfast and Derry deal with Terry Brankins routinely ... Belfast has changed over time....

Some NI shops out of Euros over increase in demand

BBC News 17 Feb 2020
A Post Office in Belfast city centre was temporarily out of Euros and US dollars due to an increase in ......

The short reign of Citizen Smith

RTE 16 Feb 2020
In the febrile post Brexit Referendum Westminster atmosphere, where the Tories were relying on the DUP to keep their administration in power, he was unable to get the necessary support for the Withdrawal Deal of his boss, Theresa May ... The venue for the post mortems was the Errigle Bar on Belfast's Ormeau Road....

Sacked Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith says future plans involve 'going to the pub'

Belfast Telegraph 14 Feb 2020
Mr Smith, who was removed as secretary of state as part of a Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday morning, told Sky News ... Mr Smith regularly posted on social media while enjoying nightlife in Belfast during his 204 days as Secretary of State ... ....

‘I’m actually gobsmacked’: Government criticised for ‘100 extra calories’ poster campaign

The Independent 12 Feb 2020
The government has been criticised over new “eat a little less” posters which state. “Just 100 extra calories a day could mean 10lbs of weight gain a year.”  ... Download the new Independent Premium app ... Vanessa, 30, from Belfast posted a photograph of the poster on her social media, with the caption ... Another said ... Another said....

Philip McKinney shares decades-long depression struggle

BBC News 12 Feb 2020
After leaving the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) part-time reserve, Mr McKinney joined the Army ... After joining the Army, Mr McKinney was posted to Colchester in Essex. "I was quite lonely at times because of where I lived in Belfast, I couldn't go home on leave and all of my friends would be jumping on trains at the weekend and going home," he said....

Police probe after Falls Road fistfight footage goes viral

Belfast Telegraph 09 Feb 2020
His clash with another male on the Falls Road in west Belfast was filmed by onlookers, with footage posted online going viral ... This is the third time in four months that the 30-year-old has been caught on camera brawling in west Belfast ... of an elderly woman from west Belfast....