Are you planning to travel to Northern Ireland? If so, here are a few fun facts you might like to learn about before you set off on your travels.
Little Known Facts About Northern Ireland: Historical links to the United Kingdom
Ireland was part of the United Kingdom for centuries. However, after years of civil war, Ireland became a republic in 1922. At this time, Britain negotiated with Ireland to keep the six counties in the north-east of Ireland. These six counties now make up what is known as Northern Ireland or Ulster. The southern part of the island is the Republic of Ireland, or Eire. The Republic of Ireland formally agreed to give up claims to Northern Ireland.
Little Known Facts About Northern Ireland: HMS Titanic was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Hollywood has succeeded in glamourising the maiden voyage of HMS Titanic that ended in such tragedy nearly 100 years ago. If not for a few brief comments in the film, many would not be aware of the fact that the famous ocean liner Titanic was built in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland.
Little Known Facts About Northern Ireland: Total area
Northern Ireland occupies just 17% of the total island of Ireland. The total area, which includes islands is 14,120 sq km.
Little Known Facts About Northern Ireland: Famous people
Some famous people from Northern Ireland include George Best a football (soccer) player, Kenneth Branagh a film director and actor, Liam Neeson an actor, CS Lewis an author, Ruby Murray a singer and Ian Wilson, a composer.
Little Known Facts About Northern Ireland: Country divisions
Northern Ireland is divided into 24 districts, 2 cities and 6 counties. The districts include Antrim, Ards, Armagh, Ballymoney, Banbridge, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Coleraine, Cookstown, Craigavon, Down, Dungannon, Fermanagh, Larne, Limavady, Lisburn, Magherafelt, Moyle, Newry and Mourne, Newtownabbey, North Down, Omagh and Strabane. The 2 cities are Belfast (the capital city of Northern Ireland) and Londonderry. The counties are County Antrim, County Armagh, County Down, County Fernanagh, County Londonderry and County Tyrone.
Little Known Facts About Northern Ireland: VAT
VAT (Value Added Tax) stands at 17.5% in Northern Ireland, which is the same across the rest of the United Kingdom as well. If you think that is high, try travelling south to the Republic of Ireland where you will be charged 21%!
Little Known Facts About Northern Ireland: Belfast Agreement (“Good Friday Agreement”)
On 10th April 1998 The Belfast Agreement (“Good Friday Agreement) was reached which brought devolution to Northern Ireland. Voters elected a new Northern Ireland Assembly to form a new parliament. Under the new agreement, the Equality Commission and Human Rights Commission were created.
Northern Ireland has a fascinating history. If you visit Northern Ireland, you should be sensitive to the political changes and upheavals that have shaped the province over the years.