Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Excellent Sale On Ulster DNA Testing

FTDNA has a big sale on, but only until tomorrow night!

Here it is:

Thank you for helping us reach 15,000 LIKES on our Facebook page! To show how much we like you too, we're offering a 36-HOUR SALE!
START: Monday, September 26 (TODAY) at 12:00pm CDT
END: Tuesday, September 27 at 11:59pm CDT

For NEW customers:
Y-DNA 12 . . . $59 (was $99)
mtDNA . . . $59 (was $99)

Y-DNA 37 . . . $129 (was $149)
Family Finder . . . $199 (was $289)
mtFullSequence (FGS) . . . $229 (was $299)

Y-DNA 12 + mtDNA . . . $118 (was $179)
Family Finder + Y-DNA 12 . . . $248 (was $339)
Family Finder + mtDNA . . . $248 (was $339)
Family Finder + Y-DNA 37 . . . $328 (was $438)
Family Finder + mtFullSequence . . . $398 (was $559)
Comprehensive Genome (Family Finder + mtFullSequence + Y-DNA67) . . . $597 (was $797)

Upgrades & Add-Ons:
mtDNA add-on $59 . . . (was $89)
mtFullSequence upgrade (HVR1 to Mega) . . . $199 (was $269)
mtFullSequence upgrade (HVR2 to Mega) . . . $199 (was $239)
mtFullSequence add-on . . . $219 (was $289)
Family Finder add-on . . . $199 (was $289)

Link to Join Ulster Heritage DNA Project

Monday, 12 September 2011

Gaelic Lessons Available in Belfast

Beidh Gaelchultúr ag cur tús lena ranganna Gaeilge oíche do dhaoine fásta an tseachtain seo chugainn (19–22 Meán Fómhair 2011). Beidh ranganna ar siúl i mBaile Átha Cliath, Béal Feirste, Corcaigh, Ceatharlach, Dún Dealgan, Luimneach, Nás na Ríogh, Sligeach agus sa Mhuileann gCearr. Tá líon beag spásanna fós ar fáil. Tabhair cuairt ar www.gaelchultur.com chun na cúrsaí agus na hionaid uile a fheiceáil agus chun cúrsa a chur in áirithe.

[Leagan Gaeilge thuas]

Gaelchultúr’s Irish language evening classes for adults will commence next week (1922 September 2011). Classes will take place in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Carlow, Dundalk, Limerick, Naas, Sligo and Mullingar. Some places are still available. To view all courses and venues, and to book a place, please go to www.gaelchultur.com.

Eolas/Information: www.gaelchultur.com | eolas@gaelchultur.com | (01) 484 5220 | 1890 252 900

Le dea-mhéin,

Michelle Ryan

Gaeilge gan Stró! – Beginners Level

* Tá cúrsa teanga ilmheán do ghlantosaitheoirí, Gaeilge gan Stró! – Beginners Level, díreach foilsithe ag Gaelchultúr. Is éard atá sa chúrsa seo ná leabhar agus ceithre dhlúthdhiosca. Is féidir aonad sampla a fheiceáil agus an cúrsa a cheannach ar www.siopa.ie.

* Gaelchultúr has recently published a new multimedia beginners course for adult learners of Irish, Gaeilge gan Stró! – Beginners Level, consisting of a book and 4 CDs. You can view a sample unit and purchase the course on www.siopa.ie.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Ulster Bluegrass Music Festival

Friday 2 September - Sunday 4 September at the Ulster American Folk Park
The 20th Annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival will take place this year during the first weekend of September. 
Bluegrass festival

This famous festival is jam-packed with performances from some of the biggest names in bluegrass music. Uncover rhythms that will have your hands clapping, feet tapping and heart racing.
Get down to the Bluegrass Music Festival and enjoy music from some of the biggest names in bluegrass including Dailey and Vincent, The Malpass Brothers and Footworks Appalachian Clog Dancers direct from the USA.

Pictured above are Richard Hurst, Visitor Services Manager at the Ulster American Folk Park with Geordie McAdam from the Broken String Band. Click image to enlarge. The Broken String Band will be playing on the Bluegrass in the Park sessions over the weekend.

20th Annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival Bands

  • Dailey and Vincent
  • Footworks Dance Ensemble
  • and the Turtle Duhks
  • Malpass Brothers
  • Red Wine
  • Sunny Side
  • Niall Toner Band
  • Pettee and Currie
  • The Once
  • BanjaBill All-Stars
  • Dirty Blues Band
  • Broken String Band
  • Northern Exposure
  • Knotty Pine String Band
  • Wookalily

Booking & Ticket information:

  • Booking in advance is not necessary for the afternoon Bluegrass in the Park sessions.
  • Tickets for the evening concerts will go on sale in July.
  • Download our full list of ticket prices (PDF 17KB)

Camping information

  • Camping & Caravan Site Available: From 9am Fri 2nd to 9am to Mon 5th Sept
  • Location: Omagh Rugby Club, Beltany Road, Omagh
A regular free shuttle bus service to and from the Folk Park will be in operation. Rugby Club is 4 miles from the Folk Park and 1 mile from Omagh Town Centre.

Price includes:
  • Camping on site
  • Use of kitchens, showers and toilet facilities
  • Transfers to and from Folk Park
  • Access to Omagh Rugby Club Members Bar with post-event picking session on Friday night in the Clubhouse
  • Free admission to the post event concert on Saturday night in the Clubhouse
Shuttle service timetable:
Mini-bus from Rugby Club to Folk Park leaving on the hour, every hour.
  • Friday from 12.00pm to 11.00pm
  • Saturday from 10.00am to 11.00pm
  • Sunday from 10.00am to 7.00pm
Mini-bus from Folk Park to Rugby Club leaving on the half hour, every hour
  • Friday from 12.30pm to 12.30am
  • Saturday from10.30am to 12.30am
  • Sunday from 10.30am to 8.30pm
Camping & Pitch price options:  
  • 3 Nights £35
  • 2 Nights £30
  • 1 Night £20
Bookings can be made by e-mail to Allan Duncan at Allan@silverbirchhotel.com or by telephone bookings can be made through the ticket line on 028 8224 3292.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Ballymoney Family History Symposium

Following the success of the first Route Back Home conference in 2010, Ballymoney Borough Council will be hosting another in 2012.  The conference will run from 19-22 September and will be based in Ballymoney Town Hall.

As before, the programme will be designed to assist delegates with their research into families from Ballymoney and district.  It will include lectures by prominent genealogy experts and the opportunity to meet people from across the world who share ancestry in North Antrim, a region traditionally known as "the Route”.  Delegates will also visit the Local Studies Service, Ballymena, Ballymoney Branch Library and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast.


Delegates must pay the full booking fee of £170 to be allocated a place at the conference.  Only 35 places are available and bookings cannot be confirmed until receipt of a completed booking form and full payment.  The conference fee includes lunch and refreshments each day and an evening meal and drinks reception on Friday, 21 September.

Booking forms are available here or by contacting the Museum Manager at the address below.


Ballymoney is one hour by road from Belfast and a comfortable 90 minute journey by train or bus (see www.translink.co.uk ).  There are three airports within easy reach (Belfast International, Belfast City and City of Derry) with direct flights from a number of international destinations. Ballymoney can also be reached via international connections in Great Britain (see www.visitballymoney.com/how-to-get-to-ballymoney.aspx).

Details of accommodation in the area can be found at
www.visitballymoney.com and staff at Ballymoney Tourist Information Centre are available to assist by telephoning + 44 28 2766 0230.  Ballymoney is close to the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland with Bushmills Distillery, the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle nearby.  Visitors can also enjoy golf, watersports, horse riding, angling, cycling, beautiful countryside walks or the golden beaches. 

For further information on the Route Back Home 2012, please contact: Keith Beattie, Museum Manager, Ballymoney Museum, Ballymoney Town Hall, 1 Townhead Street, Ballymoney, BT53 6BE, Tel: + 44 28 2766 0230 or Email:

Delegates from the Route Back Home 2010 at the evening reception hosted by the Mayor of Ballymoney, Councillor Bill Kennedy.
Delegates from the Route Back Home 2010 at the evening reception hosted by the Mayor of Ballymoney, Councillor Bill Kennedy.

Holywood Irish Lessons

Language classes for 2011-12 will be starting in the Non-subscribing Presbyterian Church in High Street on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 (entry at rear via Hibernia Street). 

There will be three levels, taught by Anraoi Ó Dornáin (beginners' and intermediate) and Gabhán Ó Fachtna (advanced). Beginners' and advanced classes will commence at 7 p.m., and intermediate at 8 p.m.

The cost will be £75 for the year or £50 for one semester (£50 or £30 unwaged).

Scholarships will be available to adults completing the classes to facilitate attendance of a summer course in Ros Goill, County Donegal.

If you would like to participate in a class, simply turn up on the night.

For more information, or moral support, contact us on 028 9039 7875 or at mail@holywood-gaelach.com.