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An alternative interpretation of the name is "mouth of [the river] of the sandbar", an allusion to the River Farset, which flows into the Lagan where the sandbar was located.
This interpretation was favoured by Edmund Hogan and John O'Donovan.
In 1920–22, Belfast became the capital of the new entity of Northern Ireland as the island of Ireland was partitioned.
Belfast has been the capital of Northern Ireland since its establishment in 1921 following the Government of Ireland Act 1920.Industries thrived, including linen, rope-making, tobacco, heavy engineering and shipbuilding, and at the end of the 19th century, Belfast briefly overtook Dublin as the largest city in Ireland.The Harland and Wolff shipyards became one of the largest shipbuilders in the world, employing up to 35,000 workers.It later also sustained a major aerospace and missiles industry.
Industrialisation and the inward migration it brought made Belfast Ireland's biggest city at the time.
It became the capital of Northern Ireland following the Partition of Ireland in 1922.