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Day 10 and 11 - Belfast to Dublin

Four Courts

      The research week in Belfast came to an end on Friday night and we had a final dinner at St. George’s Market.  Saturday morning was the train to Dublin to prepare for the Dublin group, arriving primarily on Sunday.  Two people were in on Saturday and we had an early dinner in Temple Bar.  

     Other than those already traveling in Ireland, most arrived on flights from the US that get in early in the morning.  Most had rooms before 2 p.m. when we went out on a walking tour of Dublin.  We visited Grafton Street, then Dublin Castle on our way to Werburgh Street to point out the GRO.  The cathedral bells were ringing for Evensong at Christ Church, which is just a few blocks from the GRO.  We walked down Church Street to see the Four Courts (the site of the infamous 1922 fire which destroyed so many Irish records) and then down to O’Connell Street and finished the loop past Trinity College, down Nassau Street to Kildare and back to the hotel.  The walk kept everyone awake <g> and pointed to places that they might want to visit during the week.

   At 6 p.m. we had a group dinner in the dining room of Buswells with guests, Brian Donovan and Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann.  After dinner Brian spoke briefly about some of the records they are digitizing in the coming months as well as some of Eneclann's partnerships.  Fiona spoke about the Genealogy Advisory Service at the National Library which is a partnership between Eneclann and Ancestor Network.  They answered questions and gave recommendations to help with the week’s research.   By 9:00 it was off to bed for most of the participants.  Tomorrow we meet at 9:15 to head to the  National Library.

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