Despite being separated by an entire bed of water and hundreds of miles of land, the people of Northern Ireland came out in droves for the Olympic torch procession when it passed through. With the entire British nation engrossed in an Olympic fervour, hundreds of passive athletic fans have now broadened their knowledge of Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis, Chris Hoy and co, in order to follow this summers' activities.
But where are the best places to sit and mix amongst other like-minded sports nuts and revel in the Olympiad spirit in Belfast?
Belfast Live Site
Launched in June 2011, this screen is the best destination for live screenings, news and events throughout the London 2012 Olympics. It is located on the West Lawn in the grounds of the City Hall, Donegall Square and the glorious aesthetic of the buildings and greenery of the trees and grass make this the ideal spot to lay down a blanket with your friends and family and enjoy the excitement of the games. It is also the prime location for bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs with a whole host of these venues within walking distance of the Belfast City Hall.
Olympic competitors to look out for
Jason Harvey will compete in the 400m hurdles, which will begin on Friday 3rd August, with the Semi-Finals and Final set for Saturday 4th and Monday 6th August respectively. Amy Foster is also set to race in both the 100m and 200m after running 11.50s in the shorter distance competition.
Find the Belfast Live Site on a map here.
How to get there? The Great Victoria Street train station is only a five minute walk away and there are several Translink Metro stations within a short distance of the screen.