A group of 104 family members will be traveling to Ireland in the summer of 2022 to take in the local scenery and visit sites of historical interest to the Blackburn family. This will be the third organized family trip to Ireland. Given the size of the local roads, restaurants and tourist sites, capacity for the trip had to be limited. Travelers can reserve a spot on the trip after August 1, 2021.
The organized trip will begin the evening of Thursday, July 28, with a simple meet & greet at a local pub (cash bar).
On Friday, the family will be treated to a half-day guided tour of Belfast and then be hosted for 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 drive through the local apple orchards on the return to Belfast.
Saturday, July 30, is a family road trip with stops at places like Giant’s Causeway, Dunlace Castle, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, and a visit to Dark Hedges. Box lunch will be provided.
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 Aug. 1, will find the family traveling to Lurgan and Brownlow Castle, sites of important early Quaker history, with lunch as the Friends School in Lisburn. Travelers will have time to shop and stroll Lisburn after lunch.
The ground travel package will be approximately $300 per person, including the lunches for each day and a dinner on both Friday and Monday. The deposit to reserve your spot will be $300, although final costs may be slightly higher.