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having read Connie's interesting comments about Irish settlers I thought I'd open this thread .

I have never been but had 5 day tour cancelled last year which really saddened me .

Would love to visit the Emerald Isle soon .

I'do like Irish music and as I type and listening to great song called the town I love so well.-very strong lyrics.

Also a fan of Irish country and Brendan Quinn amongst others.

My interest in Irish music stems back to the 70s as we had Irish neighbours and they lent me many records at the time - incidentally their dad was in the Birmingham pub bombings and sustained a broken leg .

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The Northern Irish in particular are very much misunderstood by many of our English counterparts.

While on holiday in Amadores, Gran Canaria two years ago, my fiancée and I started to speak to a elderly English couple who were having a meal at the table beside us. Due to our accents we were easily identifiable and so the conversation came around to the troubles in Northern Ireland.

Both my fiancée and I were astonished to hear the elderly couple say that they thought the Irish hated the English. Now I can understand where that comes from with many English soldiers lost to the conflict in Northern Ireland and indeed the attitude of the party as we call them the shinners.

However that is only one segment of the community here. Despite the religious persuasion in Northern Ireland the vast majority of people do not hate the English and in fact that majority wants to remain British.

It never seases to amuse me that those who want independence are now swanning around in Armani suits with wages of 60 grand per year all funded by the very Brittish state they have fought against since 1969 and indeed before that in the Easter Rising.

No most people in Northern Ireland do not hate the English. In fact if you go right back to World War One Northern Irish men fought and died alongside their English counterparts and would do so again if, God forbid, there was ever another world war.

On a brighter note Northern Ireland has some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see around the world and indeed we are the most courteous of hosts.

Don't let the asssholes in our Assembly or the media put you off coming here. It's now a great part of the world to live in and indeed visit for a holiday.

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My holiday that was cancelled was Southern Ireland - I know Connie was over in Belfast last year and had a great time there .

I certainly intend to get there next year .

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You should take your Mrs for a few days easty , I am taking mine later this month, flights cost us a tenner each way, Ryanair from bham.

I used to go every year as a kid and took my own kids a few times when they was younger. Now it's just me and the Mrs.

We went to Belfast for the 1st time for a few days 2 years ago and had a great time. The people were so friendly all over the city. Done black taxi tour and Titanic exhibition.

And 6 months ago I was lucky enough to see the Wolftones play live in Birmingham on their 50th anniversary tour.

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You should take your Mrs for a few days easty , I am taking mine later this month, flights cost us a tenner each way, Ryanair from bham.

I used to go every year as a kid and took my own kids a few times when they was younger. Now it's just me and the Mrs.

We went to Belfast for the 1st time for a few days 2 years ago and had a great time. The people were so friendly all over the city. Done black taxi tour and Titanic exhibition.

And 6 months ago I was lucky enough to see the Wolftones play live in Birmingham on their 50th anniversary tour.

Were drink and hotel prices similar to England? I've been told Dublin is very expensive .

You are a bit of wind up merchant but you are a very decent man underneath it all- thanks for the information - much appreciated .

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Have been to the Titanic Quarter on numerous occasions Conman when attending concerts at the Odyssey Arena which is right around the corner from the Titanic Quarter. You can actually stay overnight at the Premier Inn which again is in close proximity to the Titanic Quarter and the Odyssey Arena.

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Were drink and hotel prices similar to England? I've been told Dublin is very expensive .

With the rate of the euro now Eastie it has become cheaper to stay in Dublin but compared to say any Premier Inn in Belfast it is still expensive.

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The Northern Irish in particular are very much misunderstood by many of our English counterparts.

While on holiday in Amadores, Gran Canaria two years ago, my fiancée and I started to speak to a elderly English couple who were having a meal at the table beside us. Due to our accents we were easily identifiable and so the conversation came around to the troubles in Northern Ireland.

Both my fiancée and I were astonished to hear the elderly couple say that they thought the Irish hated the English. Now I can understand where that comes from with many English soldiers lost to the conflict in Northern Ireland and indeed the attitude of the party as we call them the shinners.

However that is only one segment of the community here. Despite the religious persuasion in Northern Ireland the vast majority of people do not hate the English and in fact that majority wants to remain British.

It never seases to amuse me that those who want independence are now swanning around in Armani suits with wages of 60 grand per year all funded by the very Brittish state they have fought against since 1969 and indeed before that in the Easter Rising.

No most people in Northern Ireland do not hate the English. In fact if you go right back to World War One Northern Irish men fought and died alongside their English counterparts and would do so again if, God forbid, there was ever another world war.

On a brighter note Northern Ireland has some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see around the world and indeed we are the most courteous of hosts.

Don't let the asssholes in our Assembly or the media put you off coming here. It's now a great part of the world to live in and indeed visit for a holiday.

Have often wondered if I went to your part of town morph whether I'd be afraid to speak or be spat upon - what you say is interesting as we grew up seeing these bombings etc on TV and thinking that Irish people hated the English .

Good to know there is more harmony nowadays .

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With the rate of the euro now Eastie it has become cheaper to stay in Dublin but compared to say any Premier Inn in Belfast it is still expensive.

We booked for 5 days for £199 including trips everyday , hotel and food but sadly it was cancelled a month before as they didn't have enough interested.it was a coach tour .

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On 01/05/2015 at 11:12 AM, Morpheus said:

Have been to the Titanic Quarter on numerous occasions Conman when attending concerts at the Odyssey Arena which is right around the corner from the Titanic Quarter. You can actually stay overnight at the Premier Inn which again is in close proximity to the Titanic Quarter and the Odyssey Arena.

We were staying in the cathedral quarter premier inn  and walked to Titanic and walked past the oddessy and that premier inn. And we also done the crumlin rd gaol tour.

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