This Event already finished.
After many committee discussions throughout the summer about a possible location for a small trip within Ireland, we decided on Belfast for many reasons. Firstly, it is a location that is steeped in history, much of which remains very relevant today. Belfast has been the largest city in Northern Ireland since the State’s establishment in 1921, with a history of settlement that goes back as far as the Bronze age. It is a major port city for the UK and it is a historical hotspot, notably for conflict between its Nationalist and Unionist population during the ‘Troubles’ in the second half of the twentieth century. We had been in contact with the History Society in Queens University and thought a trip would be a great opportunity to meet and collaborate with them. This became increasingly appealing with the prospect of a no-deal Brexit on the horizon - it would be a good opportunity to show some camaraderie and build some relationships across the border. We hope a return visit will be paid by QUB to UCD in short order. The convenience of Belfast also appealed to us, we are very aware that students do not want to pay huge amounts and travel for a long period of time for a small weekend trip. Belfast seemed to tick all the boxes.