Royal Visit: Queen enjoys tour of Crumlin Road Gaol

The Queen and Dame Mary Peters at Curmlin Road Gaol

The Queen and Dame Mary Peters at Curmlin Road Gaol

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Northern Ireland’s First and Deputy First Ministers returned to the Belfast prison where they were both detained during the Troubles as they accompanied the Queen on a tour of the premises.

Once a forbidding facility synonymous with the dark years of the conflict, the transformation of the old Crumlin Road Gaol into a popular visitor attraction is symbolic of Northern Ireland’s journey toward peace.

There could have been few stronger validations of that theme than the sight on Tuesday of Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh alongside First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in the corridors of the 19th Century building.

 

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