Turning Tragedy Into a Tourist Industry


MOVING PICTURES: Tourists snap a mural of I.R.A. hunger striker Bobby Sands

The residents of divis Tower celebrated this summer when the British army closed the observation post that had taken up the top two floors of their drab apartment block in West Belfast for more than 30 years. Not Joe Lavelle. As his guided tour passed on the road below, soldiers used to wave on cue when passengers pointed their cameras from the open top of their double-decker bus. Now, as a mark of the peace that's slowly settled over Northern Ireland, the troopers and their fortified outpost are gone. "It's like going to Paris and not having the Eiffel Tower," sighs...

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