New for 2019

New Programme for 2019

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors 2019 is now live and places can be reserved here.

To uncover the history of this place, our extensive programme of tours throughout the week will take you through rolling countryside to sites of international renown from the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle on County Antrim’s wild Atlantic coast to the archaeological wonder which is Bru na Boinne in the tranquil Boyne Valley, to the haunting Kilmainham Gaol and Trinity College Dublin and a visit to the picturesque town of Enniskillen, Ireland's only Island town and situated in Co. Fermanagh's beautiful lakelands.

Our 2019 September programme will see delegates:

Discover the Ards Peninsula

Delegates will explore the delights and treasures of the Ards Peninsula, visiting the stately home of Mount Stewart, the grounds of which were voted as one of the top ten gardens in the world; touring and enjoying a drink or two at Northern Ireland's first licensed distillery in over 125 years at Echlinville; as well as exploring the ruins of the 12th Century Cistercian Abbey, Grey Abbey.

Tour of Armagh City, the Ecclesiastical Capital of Ireland.

Delegates will visit Armagh, the Ecclesiastical capital of Ireland since the fifth century. Delegates will not only tour such sites as St Patrick's Cathedral, one of the most important Christian sites in Ireland but they will also have the opportunity to visit the oldest library in Northern Ireland, the Armagh Public Library.

Journey through the lakelands of Co. Fermanagh.

Delegates will journey into the beautiful countryside of Co. Fermanagh, travelling along the Lough Erne waterway and visiting Fermanagh's historic islands, including the ancient monastic site at Devenish Island. After our trip along Lough Erne delegates will then visit the museums of the 15th Century Castle of Enniskillen. Enniskillen Castle was originally built by Hugh MacGuire and today houses Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum.

Visit and explore Knowth passage tomb at Bru na Boinne.

Delegates will witness 6,000 years of Irish history in 6 hours as you will visit the site of the battle of the Boyne, one of the most significant events in Irish history before going on to walk the passage tomb of Knowth at Brú na Bóinne culminating in a drive through the fabled Cooley peninsula, home to many tales from Irish folklore including the Táin Bó Cúailnge and Cú Chulainn.

Have dinner at the highest pub in Ireland.

After immersing themselves in the story of their emigrant ancestors at the Ulster American Folk Park, delegates will then explore the history of the Scots-Irish at Monreagh Heritage Centre in beautiful Co. Donegal. This trip will end at the highest pub in Ireland, the Ponderosa, where delegates will dine and enjoy the charm of an Irish pub nestled amongst the Sperrin Mountains in Co. Derry/Londonderry.