Programme

Each day of the conference presents delegates with a choice of assisted research in the archives with our team of experienced genealogists or an excursion to a place of historic interest, including Newgrange burial tomb, Derry/Londonderry and the Giant's Causeway

Monday 03 September

Day 1 - A day of class lectures to prepare you for archival research

Morning lectures

Irish land divisions
Archives and libraries in Ireland
Nineteenth & early twentieth century census returns
Practical Session: Applying what you just learned – using online resources for yourself

Afternoon lectures
Civil records – birth, marriage & death certificates
Church records for use in genealogical research: registers
Church records for use in genealogical research: administrative records
Practical Session: Applying what you just learned – using online resources for yourself

Tuesday 04 September

Day 2 - A day of assisted research in the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

Wednesday 05 September

Day 3 -Tour of Northern Ireland's second city, Derry/Londonderry

Our journey will take us through the Sperrin Mountains to Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland's second city.

One of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe, we will walk on Derry's famous walls and explore the amazing sites that the city has to offer which can include visits to the First Derry Presbyterian Church;  St Columbs Cathedral; Tower Museum; Siege Museum; the historic Guildhall; St Augustine's Church;  Long Tower Church.

Thursday 06 September

Day 4 - A day of assisted research in the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

A day of assisted research at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). Today delegates will have the opportunity to research in the Public Records Office alongside our expert staff until 21:00.

Friday 07 September

Day 5 – Tour of Newgrange and the Boyne Valley wherein delegates will experience 6000 years of Irish history in 6 hours or Research at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

Tour of Newgrange and the Boyne Valley wherein delegates will experience 6000 years of Irish history in 6 hours

Proceeding through County Down we will cross the border before our arriving in the Boyne Valley-  Irelands Ancient East. The abundance of historic monuments within this area testifies to being Ireland's most sacred and mythical landscape. Some of the most  important historic sites and monuments in Ireland dot the landscape here for including Monasterboice, notable for its impressive Round Tower and spectacular high crosses; Melifont Abbey, the first Cistercian monastery built in Ireland; the Hill of Tara, a sacred site associated with the High Kings of Ireland and of course the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Brú na Bóinne.

When we arrive at Brú na Bóinne we will first tour the extraordinary passage grave of Knowth. The tomb at Knowth contains the greatest concentration of megalithic art in Western Europe and is considered one of the top ten visitor attractions in Ireland by National Geographic. After a guided tour of Knowth we will then depart for the mysteriously beautiful passage tomb at Newgrange. Newgrange is the best-known neolithic monument in Ireland which predates the ancient pyramids by 400 years and Stonehenge by 1000!

We will then leave pre-history Ireland and travel through the fabled Cooley peninsula, home to many tales from Irish folklore including the Táin Bó Cúailnge and Cú Chulainn before stopping and exploring the medieval town of Carlingford. In Carlingford you will find a unique combination of medieval buildings standing proud in the midst of a town full of atmosphere and character.

Saturday 08 September

Day 6 –Tour through the spectacular scenery of the Glens of Antrim including visits to the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle.

Our journey will begin in Belfast before travelling up the coast road through the nine Glens of Antrim, winding between picturesque villages and unforgettable scenic locations, including Rathlin Island, Glenarm Castle, Bonamargy Friary and Bushmills, home of Bushmills whiskey.

After lunch delegates will experience the stark beauty of the Giant's Causeway before travelling to the spectacular ruin that is Dunluce Castle, perched precariously on a headland above the Atlantic Ocean and the inspiration behind C.S. Lewis' Cair Paravel as well as being the actual location of the House of Greyjoy from Game of Thrones.