The luck of the Irish

For decades, the city of Belfast has been synonymous with violence, strife and disruption but it was not always like this. In common with many of the UK's great cities, Belfast came to prominence in the industrial boom of the 18th and 19th Centuries, through linen and rope production, the tobacco trade, heavy engineering, and, most famously of all, shipbuilding.

However, this thriving economy did not last, and by the 1960s Belfast had slipped into serious economic decline as the industries

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