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West Belfast Arts Centers

During 2021, this cosmopolitan arts center celebrated 30 years since it opened its doors in an area of the city that was seriously lacking visitor attractions. Promoting Gaeilge (Irish language) and culture, the center hosts exhibitions, book launches, concerts, theater, and poetry readings. Two choirs—one from a children's drama school and the other from resident theater company Aisling Ghéar—are based here. For travelers interested in the Gaeltacht experience, this is a great place to start. On the ground floor, the Dillon Gallery, named after the Falls Road artist Gerard Dillon, who spent much time painting in Connemara in the West of Ireland, mounts shows by top local and international artists. A shop, An Ceathrú Póilí (The Fourth Policeman), sells Irish-language and English books as well as crafts and the all-important West Belfast Mural Map. Also here are a tourist information point, Wi-Fi access, and Restaurant Bia. Ask for information about the Gaeltacht Way, a... READ MORE

During 2021, this cosmopolitan arts center celebrated 30 years since it opened its doors in an area of the city that was seriously lacking visitor attractions. Promoting Gaeilge (Irish language) and culture, the center hosts exhibitions, book launches, concerts, theater, and poetry readings. Two choirs—one from a children's drama school and the other from resident theater company Aisling Ghéar—are based here. For travelers interested in the Gaeltacht experience, this is a great place to start. On the ground floor, the Dillon Gallery, named after the Falls Road artist Gerard Dillon, who spent much time painting in Connemara in the West of Ireland, mounts shows by top local and international artists. A shop, An Ceathrú Póilí (The Fourth Policeman), sells Irish-language and English books as well as crafts and the all-important West Belfast Mural Map. Also here are a tourist information point, Wi-Fi access, and Restaurant Bia. Ask for information about the Gaeltacht Way, a 4-km (2½-mile) walking route that takes in the major Irish language-related sites of the area.

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216 Falls Rd.
Belfast, Co. Down  BT12 6AH, Northern Ireland

028-9096–4180

www.culturlann.ie

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