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September Conference (6-12 September)


Sunday 6 September

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 the Corn Exchange Building (adjacent to Ramada Encore)

Monday 7 September

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

Tuesday 8 September

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.

  • 8.15 - A day of assisted research at PRONI - OR - visit to the Ulster American Folk Park/Mellon Centre for Migration Studies and Barons Court
  • 21.30 - Return to Ramada Encore

Wednesday 9 September

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

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 - Evening Meal

Thursday 10 September

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 tours of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle and Trinity College

  • 7.30 - Outing to Dublin with the choice of a day of assisted research in the archives (National Archives, National Library, Registry of Deeds) - OR - tour of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle and Trinity College.
    Please note that the number of visitors to the archives is limited.
  • 18.30 - Evening Meal

Friday 11 September

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

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.

  • 8.45 - A day of assisted research at PRONI - OR - visit to the Glens of Antrim, Bonamargy Friary, Giant's Causeway and Dunluce Castle.
  • 18.30 - Return to Ramada Encore and evening meal

Saturday 12 September

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.

  • 08.45 - Outing to Londonderry and Donegal visiting First Derry Presbyterian Church, St. Columb's Cathedral and the City Walls and the Grianan of Aileach at Burt, county Donegal
  • 18.00 - Return to Ramada Encore and conclusion of Tracing your Irish Ancestors


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