This trip has been postponed from 2020. Dates for 2022 have not yet been set, but the planned itinerary will be the same as noted below for 2020.
A group of 104 family members will be traveling to Ireland in the summer of 2020 to take in the local scenery and visit sites of historical interest to the Blackburn family. This is the third organized family trip to Ireland and this trip filled up very quickly. Given the size of the local roads, restaurants and tourist sites, capacity for the trip had to be limited.
The organized trip will begin the evening of Thursday, July 23, with a simple meet & greet at a local pub.
On Friday, the family will be treated to a half-day guided tour of Belfast and then be treated to lunch by the local ladies’ auxiliary in Loughgall, the ancestral home of the Blackburns. The afternoon will be spent in Loughgall with local guides providing flavor for the visit and a visit to the Winter homestead with whom the Blackburns had connections.
Saturday, July 25, is a family road trip with stops at places like Giant’s Causeway and Dunlace Castle.
Sunday the family will attend Quaker Meeting at Moyallon, followed by lunch with the community. From there the family will go to the burial ground where the Blackburns are buried and visit the site of the Ballyhagan Meeting where the family married and worshiped.
The final day, Monday July 27, will find the family traveling to Lurgan and Brownlow Castle, sites of important early Quaker history, with lunch as the Friends School in Lisburn. The trip will close with a family dinner that final evening.