- Jun 5, 2017
A world-renowned travel guide is to remove content about Belfast murals after it was described as "highly inaccurate and offensive".
The content on Fodor's Travel website and in their books on Ireland, said nationalist murals "often aspire to the heights of Sistine Chapel-lite".
It said loyalist murals "sometimes resemble war comics without the humour".
Prof Peter Shirlow, head of Irish Studies at Liverpool University, criticised the city guide.
"I found some of the commentary to be offensive, if not sectarian," he said.
"It plays upon sectarian myths of identity and culture in Northern Ireland and has failed in any way to deal with the murals in ways that is either balanced, appropriate or ultimately fair."
The unionist commentator Peter Shirlow understandably isn't happy with the unflattering stereotypes contained in Fodor's guide. However he is trying to put the blame on nationalist tour guides in Belfast, rather than recognising that they are the genuine perceptions of at least one neutral outside observer, and are entirely self inflicted, as anyone familiar with the sometimes horrifically grim depictions of the Troubles painted on gables in loyalist areas instantly realises."In Northern Ireland they say the Protestants make the money, and the Catholics make the art, and as with all clichés, there is some truth in it."