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Days 3 & 4 - Belfast

Stormont - Parliment of Northern Ireland

   I decided to combine the weekend days as I spent the time on my own, sightseeing and working on my own research.  As many times as I’ve been to Belfast, I’ve always been focused on research.  I think that’s an issue whenever we are on a research trip…if a repository is open, we think we need to be there.  

   I began with the hop on, hop off bus to get the lay of the land.  It took me through the Titanic Quarter, to Stormont which houses the Parliment for Northern Ireland, and then through the many neighborhoods of Belfast, including Shankill and Falls Road, separated by the Peace Wall.   This week happens to be Restaurant Week in Belfast, so when I got back to the City Centre, there was a large food fair in front of City Hall.   I also walked down to St. George’s Market, a weekend event that has been going on since the 1890s in Belfast.  The market includes fresh fish, meat, produce, baked goods and preserves, as well as clothing, crafts, toys and just about anything else you can think of!

   On Sunday I attended church at St. Anne’s Cathedral for their 11 a.m. Choral Eucharist which included one of my favorite piece, Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus.   While I waited for my researchers to arrive, I worked on the Moag maternal line, the Rush family.

   We had an early dinner and will meet tomorrow at 8 a.m. for breakfast and a 9:15 orientation to the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI).  

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