Updated: Dec 26, 2018
Today is the first official day for the Belfast Research Trip. I attended services at St. Anne’s Cathedral (also know as Belfast Cathedral) which has a wonderful choir. Although the current structure was built in the early 1900s, it was built around the older church and the records date back to 1745 with microfilms at PRONI. After yesterday’s sunny day, today was more typical. Temperatures were in the 40-50° range with wind and rain...a taxi was in order rather than a walk.
On the first afternoon I am available in the lobby to answer questions and help people get acclimated. Some of the people who arrived yesterday went on a tour of Belfast and others visited the Titanic Museum for Tea.
The first official activity was dinner and we were joined by Fintan Mullen of the Ulster Historical Foundation. There was a lively discussion about research which lasted until about 8:30. Those who had flown in today were ready to crash and get a good night’s sleep in preparation for our visit to PRONI tomorrow.