Belfast ( / ˈbɛlfæst / BEL-fast, /- fɑːst / -fahst; [a] from Irish: Béal Feirste [bʲeːlˠ ˈfʲɛɾˠ (ə)ʃtʲə], meaning 'mouth of the sand-bank ford' ) is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, standing on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast.
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Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland, and throughout its modern history has been a major commercial and industrial centre. In the late 20th century manufacturing industries that had existed for several centuries declined, particularly shipbuilding.
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Belfast, Irish Béal Feirste, city, district, and capital of Northern Ireland, on the River Lagan, at its entrance to Belfast Lough (inlet of the sea). It became a city by royal charter in 1888. After the passing of the Government of Ireland Act, 1920, it became the seat of the government of Northern Ireland.
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Statistics for 2009–2010 show 1,832 students attending the twelve Gaelscoileanna (Irish language primary schools) and one Gaelcholáiste(Irish language secondary school).
County Antrim is one of two counties on the island in which the majority of people are Protestant, according to the 2001 census, the other being Down. The strong Presbyterian presence in the county is due largely to the county's historical links with lowland Scotland, which supplied many immigrants to Ireland. Protestants are the majority in most o...
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Places with official city status: 1. Belfast 2. Lisburn
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