Programme

Gillian with a group of conference participants at PRONI

Each day of the conference presents a choice of assisted research in the archives with our team of experienced genealogists or an excursion to a place of historic interest, including Dublin, Newgrange, and Titanic Belfast.

Day 1

Sunday 4 October

Meet with Ulster Historical Foundation staff and other delegates at an informal get-together at Ramada Encore, Talbot Street, Belfast. Learn about the exciting opportunities that await you during your time in Ireland.

  • 19.30 – Informal get-together at Ramada Encore (Talbot Street, Belfast)

Day 2

Monday 5 October

After a morning at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), delegates can choose to begin their ancestral search in the first session of assisted research or enjoy a visit to Northern Ireland’s most popular visitor attraction ‘Titanic Belfast’. The day will conclude with an evening meal at the Private Members’ only Ulster Reform Club; the most prestigious, social and dining club in Northern Ireland and one of Belfast’s hidden gems.

  • 09.15 – Introductions, registration, tour and lectures at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • 14.00 – Assisted research at PRONI - OR - trip to Titanic Belfast
  • 18.30 – Evening meal in Ulster Reform Club followed by talk

Day 3

Tuesday 6 October

Tuesday sees a return to PRONI for another day of assisted research.

Alternatively you can visit the beautiful Glens of Antrim. As well as enjoying the sights of the Glens you will also visit Bonamargy Friary, the world famous Giant’s Causeway and the cliff-top ruins of Dunluce Castle.

Day 4

Wednesday 7 October

Today we will all be visiting Dublin either to enjoy research in the National Archives, the National Library or the Registry of Deeds or to visit Trinity College and experience the Book of Kells exhibition, followed by a trip to Kilmainham Gaol, which tells the story of Ireland’s history, particularly that of the early 20th century.

Day 5

Thursday 8 October

Delegates will be given the choice of further research at PRONI with our team of expert genealogists or a visit to the beautiful County Tyrone taking in the Ulster American Folk Park and Mellon Centre for Migration Studies. This daytrip also includes a visit to Barons Court, one of Northern Ireland’s stately homes and the private residence of the Duke of Abercorn, for afternoon tea and a tour of the house.

Day 6

Friday 9 October

Friday sees our final day of assisted research in PRONI with our expert genealogists.

Alternatively enjoy a trip to the beautiful Boyne Valley with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Bru na Boinne, the largest and one of the most important complex of megalithic sites in Europe.

  • 08.45 – A day of assisted research at PRONI - OR - trip to the Boyne Valley, and Bru na Boinne .
  • 18.00 – Return to Ramada Encore

Day 7

Saturday 10 October

On our final day all delegates will join on a tour to Derry/Londonderry and Donegal. Walk the famous City walls and visit St Columb’s Cathedral and 1st Derry Presbyterian Church, both located within the walls. Travelling on to County Donegal we will then visit one of the royal sites of Gaelic Ireland, Grainan of Aileach stone ring fort, seat of the O’Neills from the 6th century.