I visited Belfast in March 2019 but I did not get around to processing many of the photographs until November 2023
The name Belfast derives from the Irish Béal Feirsde, later spelt Béal Feirste. The word béal means "mouth" or "river-mouth", while feirsde/feirste is the genitive singular of fearsaid and refers to a sandbar or tidal ford across a river's mouth. The name therefore translates literally as "(river) mouth of the sandbar" or "(river) mouth of the ford". The sandbar formed at the confluence (at present-day Donegall Quay) of two rivers: the Lagan, which flows into Belfast Lough, and the Farset, a tributary of the Lagan. "Mouth of the Farset" might be an alternative interpretation. This area became the hub around which the original settlement developed.