Loyalist Conflict Museum: Andy Tyrie Interpretive Centre Tour 

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Beginning at the Loyalist Conflict Museum: Andy Tyrie Interpretive Centre visitors will have the opportunity to learn the story of the UDA, the reason behind its formation and its role within the community. In the Museum you can handle authentic objects relating to the conflict in Northern Ireland, as well as those associated with the organisation’s movement into politics and community development as part of the organisations transitional journey.

 Throughout the majority of its period of legality, the UDA's attacks were carried out under the name "Ulster Freedom Fighters" (UFF). The UDA's campaign of violence began in 1972. In May of that year, the UDA's pressured leader Tommy Herron decided that responsibility for acts of violence committed by the UDA would be claimed by the "UFF". Its first public statements came one month later.

 The UDA's official position during the Troubles was that if the Provisional Irish Republican Army (Provisional IRA) called off its campaign of violence, then it would do the same. However, if the British government announced that it was withdrawing from Northern Ireland, then the UDA would act as "the IRA in reverse."

 

 

Loyalist Conflict Museum: Andy Tyrie Interpretive Centre - 361 Newtownards Rd, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

A tour of the Loyalist Conflict Museum: Andy Tyrie Interpretive Centre will take approximately 30 minutes. In the Museum you can handle authentic objects relating to the conflict in Northern Ireland, as well as those associated with the organisation’s movement into politics and community development as part of the organisations transitional journey.

 Inside the museum we will take you through four key phases in the conflict:

  • The early 70's – Our community is left defenceless. The need to defend our people and our homes is imperative.
  • The mid 80’s – Political & civil resistance to British Government duplicity and Irish interference.
  • The 90’s – Taking the war to the terrorists, politics is abandoned. It’s time to terrorise the terrorists.
  • The 00’s – Organisation stands down its military wing - The Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF), weapons are put beyond use (decommissioned).

Following this our walking tour that will last for approximately one hour takes you on a journey through the streets of working class inner East Belfast. From the Newtownards Road to the Albertbridge Road, we take you on a journey of religious and political upheaval. During the 1970s death stalked these streets as a conflict began between the Loyalist and Republican communities, a conflict that would last for 30 years.

Let us show you some of the EastSides key locations.

Stop 1: Ruperta House/Gawn Street

Original headquarters of the East Belfast Ulster Defence Association – From housing full-time staff to arms raids

Stop 2: Hornby Street

Scenes of carnage as an Army Saracen kills John Clarke on 16th October 1972, by crashing into a house a pinning him to a wall. The same Army Saracen is believed to have killed a young William ‘Billy’ Warnock, aged 15, the very next night.

Stop 3: Dee Street Memorial Garden

Originally a walled mural remembering the 21 mem who paid the ultimate sacrafice and gave their lives in defence of their community and religion, now a premanent structure – a place for reflection.

 Stop 4: Newcastle Street/St.Leonards Crescent

The streets where British soldiers killed Andrew Petherbridge on 7th February 1973, aged just 18.  A year later - on 17th February 1974, Gary Reid and Kirk Watters - both just 17 years of age.

 Stop 5: Freedom Corner

The popular landmark of Freedom Corner and Young Newton Remembrance Garden – Political murals and their messages dispelling the myths.

 Stop 6: Neill McCurrie Memorial Garden

Where it all began, 27th June 1970 – The Troubles arrive in East Belfast, bringing death to the streets.

Please come dressed appropriately for the season but keep in mind, the weather in Belfast can be cold at any time of the year.

  • Warm clothing
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Refreshments on arrival and at various intervals
  • Discounts for some events and attractions
  • The EastSide Voices tours must be booked one week in advance and a confirmation of booking will be sent to you
  • You must bring a print out of your boarding ticket/voucher
  • Concessions for students (with student ID) and seniors over 60 (with ID)
  • Children under 5 years of age travel have free entrance to museums and tours
  • All young people under the age of 17 years must be accompanied with an adult.
  • For cancellation up to 48 hours prior to departure date: 10% administration fee will be imposed
  • For cancellation less than 48 hours prior to departure date or 'no-show': 100% of the total amount will be charged
 
Loyalist Conflict Museum: Andy Tyrie Interpretive Centre
361 Newtownards Rd, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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