Touring The Crumlin Road Gaol

A flying visit to Northern Ireland to see family, we also managed to squeeze in a trip to something completely different – the Crumlin Road Gaol. Opened in 1846, around 25,000 convicts have passed through this place from then until 1999 when it closed. Amongst these were some of the most notorious prisoners involved in paramilitary violence…

Bird’s Eye View of Belfast

Back to Belfast for our last day in Ireland, we decided to do something different and check out the city from an alternative perspective high up on the Divis Ridge Trail in the Black Mountain. This mountain forms a stunning backdrop to the city, it always seems to be looming large in the background and is…

Titanic’s Little Sister

Titanic has long fascinated me – the ultimate illustration of human frailty, the unsinkable ship that sank on its maiden voyage.  For many years, it was almost a swear word in Belfast but now, having discovered human and not mechanical failings were to blame for history’s most famous maritime disaster, it is a source of…