NORTHERN IRELAND: Land of legends - With Northern Ireland's peace process holding, however shakily, awareness of the country's facilities and accessibility is beginning to replace images of conflict, as Jennifer Creevy finds out

Real life and legend mix easily in Northern Ireland. One of the province's best-known landmarks, the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim, may be the result of ancient volcanic eruptions, but most know it as the work of giant Finn McCool. Writer William Thackeray took a similar line: 'When the world was moulded and fashioned out of formless chaos, this must have been the bit left over.'

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