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I'm English and my girlfriend lives in a Catholic area of North Belfast. I've never felt unsafe there once. It has its problems like any other city but as long as you're not brash and loud about religion and politics, it's fine. I like it that much, I'm moving there.
I spent nine woderful months in Cushendall and I have very good memories of a very quiet but pleasant time over there.
A good tip is to check out the triangle bounded by Newtownards, Bangor, and Belfast. While driving is somwhat perilous on the narrow roads, if you hire a car and take the A2/A20/A21 and the roads via Craigantlet you get two different experiences of Northern Ireland - the urban metropolis and the country lanes where the only living being you're sharing the view with is a cow or two. People are very friendly and 75% of the city (basically anything that isn't west!) is unaffected by the troubles.
Belfast is a lovely place with lovely, friendly people and very helpful. They have a great sense of humor -- great craic.
Belfast is probably the most interesting place to visit on the Island of Ireland. It's emerging from conflict, and the people are very open and friendly. While it is true that there are drunks who may seem intimidating, as long as you leave them alone they shouldn't bother you. Belfast is very affordable and offers a lot of history. I would much prefer to have stayed here longer than in Dublin!
Kilkeel village is a beautiful town with lots of very good charity shops, coffee shops, and everything you need for a good holiday. It's also very close to the countryside if you want to go for a walk -- and Mournes the town is set in the backdrop of the Mournes and it's very beautiful.


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