21 Day Tour of Ireland




Unlock the Past is partnering with well known Irish experts, Dr Richard Reid and Dr Perry McIntyre, as well
as Albatross tours to plan and develop a 21 day family history research and history tour of Ireland.

Tour Overview

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Start In Belfast

Start out with four days in Belfast, tour around, attend our 1-day conference and have research time

Hosted By

The tour will be led by Dr Richard Reid and Dr Perry McIntyre, two of Australia’s leading Irish historians

Tour Ireland

Tour Ireland from bases in six regional towns/cities, with one to three nights stop overs in each

Finish In Dublin

Finish with four days in Dublin, including a one-day conference, touring and free research time

Travel Further…

Extend your time in the region with independent travel or attend a conference in the region

Proposed Details



September – October 2022
(actual date to be finalised)

Group Size

The tour will need a minimum of 20 people to go ahead, but will be capped at maximum of 34.

Rough Cost

Expected to be between AU$10,000 and AU$12,000 per person. (twin share)


If there is sufficient interest, firm bookings will open mid 2021.


September – October 2022


Day 1 – Sun - city tour - o/night Belfast

Meet Belfast – short city tour
Overnight Belfast

Day 2 – Mon - full day conference - o/night Belfast

Full-day conference with Irish experts – Public Record Office of Northern Ireland/Ulster Historical Foundation introduction to Irish family history and historical research using resources like PRONI and other major Irish repositories – stay next to PRONI in Titanic quarter hotel
Overnight Belfast

Day 3 – Tue - Titanic Exhibition and museum - o/night Belfast

Morning – Visit ‘Titanic, the Exhibition’.
Afternoon – Ulster Folk and Transport Museum: the sorts of original buildings the ancestors knew.
Overnight Belfast

Day 4 – Wed - touring north Antrim coast - o/night Belfast

Drive to the Giant’s Causeway, via the Antrim Coast road, one of the great scenic sights of Ireland; afternoon tea and exploration of a typical north Antrim church and churchyard.
Overnight Belfast

Day 5 – Thu - explore Derry - o/night Enniskillen

Morning – drive to Derry and explore the famous ‘Walls’ and Cathedral with all their significance for Irish history and emigrant memory.
Afternoon – Visit the Ulster/American Folk Park and the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies.
Overnight Enniskillen, County Fermanagh

Day 6 – Fri - explore country house and cruise - o/night Enniskillen

Morning – Visit one of Ireland’s great 18th century country houses and explore the story of the Fourth Earl of Belmore, Governor of NSW, 1868 to 1872.
Afternoon – a cruise to Devenish Island on Lough Erne providing a sense of early Christian Ireland.
Overnight Enniskillen, County Fermanagh

Day 7 – Sat - Irish Famine focus - o/night Carrick on Shannon

To be advised but will be a day focused on the Irish Famine emigration to Australia and the role of the infamous workhouses in that emigration. This will involve a visit to a surviving workhouse, and the site of a poignant Irish family emigration from this area to NSW over a period of 25 years in the mid 19th century.
Overnight Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim

Day 8 – Sun - visit a house & a museum - o/night Ballyvaughan

Morning – Visit Strokestown Park House and Ireland’s Famine Museum
Overnight Ballyvaughan, County Clare

Day 9 – Mon - touring north Co. Clare - o/night Ballyvaughan

A day touring in the Burren region of north County Clare an area rich with Irish/Australian emigrant connection: this will include visits to Corcomroe Abbey, Ballyvaughan Catholic church (built with Australian emigrant money in the 1860s), the unique limestone pavement scenery of the Burren, Paul-na-Brone ancient dolmen and the Cliffs of Moher
Overnight Ballyvaughan, County Clare

Day 10 – Tue - touring & visiting places of interest - o/night Tullamore

Morning – Visit Stradbally Church of Ireland and burial site of Australia’s most influential Irish Governor, Sir Richard Bourke, 1832 to 1838
Afternoon – drive to Tullamore, County Offaly, with visit to Birr with its 18th century environment
Overnight Tullamore, County Offaly 

Day 11 – Wed - researching in a rural area - o/night Tullamore

To be advised but focused on doing family and local history research in an Irish rural area as opposed to the big centres in Dublin.
Overnight Tullamore, County Offlay 

Day 12 – Thu - touring & visiting places of interest - o/night Killarney

Touring to Killarney via Clonoulty and Rock of Cashel, Tipperary, with the story of Ned Ryan the emancipist known as the ‘King of Galong Castle’, NSW, and the fabled Rock of Cashel towering over the lowlands of south/central Tipperary.
Overnight Killarney, County Kerry 


Day 13 – Fri - touring & visiting places of interest - o/night Killarney

Tour the Ring of Kerry visiting Derrynane House, ancestral home of the Liberator of Catholic Ireland, Daniel O’Connell, encompassing the story of the strong O’Connellite links with 19th century Australia
Overnight Killarney, County Kerry


Day 14 – Sat - touring & visiting places of interest - o/night Killarney

Day 14 – Saturday
A day of pure scenic pleasure and connection with old Gaelic speaking Ireland touring the Dingle Peninsula with its stunning views towards the Blasket Islands, ‘next parish America’: visit the Great Blasket Centre where the life of the Blasket islanders is told.
Overnight Killarney, County Kerry 

Day 15 – Sun - touring & visiting places of interest - o/night Cobh


Day 15 – Sunday 26 September 2021
Visit the Nano Nagle Centre, with its intimate connections with mid-nineteenth Australia, and the story of the convict transportees and early assisted emigration from Cork to NSW featuring Cobh Harbour … ‘the last of Ireland’ … and the Cobh Heritage Museum
Overnight Cobh, County Cork 


Day 16 – Mon - tour to Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford ... - o/night Glendalough


Day 16 – Monday 27 September 2021
Tour to Enniscorthy, County Wexford, to the site of the Battle of Vinegar Hill, 1798 after which many were transported to Sydney: visit Enniscorthy Castle Museum.
Overnight Glendalough, County Wicklow  


Day 17 – Tue - visit places of interest - o/night Glendalough


Visits in Wicklow taking in the early Christian site of Glendalough, the Dwyer/ McAllister Cottage (with its links to Sydney’s 1798 Memorial at Waverley Cemetery), an Australian emigrant site at Trooperstown, ‘Avondale’ home of Home Rule leader Charles Stewart Parnell (a household name in Irish Australia) and the ‘Meeting of the Waters’ at Avoca, about which Thomas Moore wrote a song famous among Irish emigrant communities everywhere (statue of More in Ballarat, Victoria).
Overnight, Glendalough, County Wicklow 


Day 18 – Wed - Battle of Boyne Centre and more - o/night Dublin


Tour to Battle of the Boyne Centre, County and site of Monasterboice High Cross, County Meath, both with important Australian historical connections.
Overnight Dublin 

Day 19 – Thu - full day conference - o/night Dublin

full day conference – Introduction to Dublin repositories
Overnight Dublin 


Day 20 – Fri - Dublin repositories research day - o/night Dublin


Dublin repositories research day
Overnight Dublin 


Day 21 – Sat - touring Dublin or guided research - o/night Dublin


Tours of Dublin featuring Australian connections or further guided research if desired.
Overnight Dublin 


Day 22 – Sun - end of tour


End of Tour

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