Belfast Peacelines

The Cupar Way peace wall seen from Conway Street, Loyalist Shankill Road area, West Belfast. Behind the wall can be seen the Catholic side of Conway Street in the Clonard area. This is the longest peace wall in Belfast and one of the first to be put up separating the Protestant Shankill Road from the Catholic falls road

The Protestant side of the walls often have waste land and vacant housing. On the Catholic side, housing is much more dense with few green zones as the need for housing is much higher. This is one of the reasons why many Loyalists/Unionists want the peace walls to remain to enable them to retain their territory despite falling numbers in certain areas.

More than a decade after a peace deal was signed, Belfast has over 80 peace lines and interface areas that separate Catholic and Protestant communities.

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