Conference Registration

To register for the conference and our events programme, please visit our Eventbrite booking page at:  http://bit.ly/2LkGhMC

Thursday 13th June at 6.45 pm: Clifton House tour and drinks reception

We are very pleased to have been able to secure the impressive Clifton House for a drinks reception on the Thursday evening.  Set in tranquil landscaped gardens, at the heart of Belfast, the building was the city’s Poorhouse from 1774 until the late 1880s.  We will be treated to a guided tour of this fascinating Georgian building, followed by a drinks reception and canapes in the entrance hall.  Tickets are £19.75 and can be booked on Eventbrite. 

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Friday 14th June at 6.45 pm: Crumlin Road Gaol tour and 3-course dinner 

The Crumlin Road Gaol first opened its gates to prisoners in 1846, and remained in use as a prison until 1996.  It has housed suffragettes and loyalist and republican prisoners.  It has witnessed births, deaths and marriages and has been the site of executions, escapes, hunger-strikes and riots.  As you would expect, its history is fascinating and the tours are now one of Belfast’s most popular historical attractions.  Ticket holders will experience a guided tour, followed by a 3-course meal in ‘Cuffs’ restaurant within the prison itself.  Tickets are priced £36.95 and are available on Eventbrite.  Once you have booked your ticket, please choose your options from the menu below and email these to irishinstitutions@gmail.com

Governor’s Dinner 

Starters 

Soup served with Wheaten Bread 

Crispy chicken strips with roast garlic mayonnaise and sweet chilli sauce 

Cornish cheese tart with heirloom tomatoes, black grape chutney and baby salad (v) 

Mains 

Slow roasted pork belly with gratin potato, parsnips and squash, apple dressing and roasting juices 

Fillet of Rockvale chicken with sweet potatoes, bacon, onions and roast chicken gravy 

Goat’s cheese pizza served with homemade chips and Salad (v) 

Oven roasted red pepper and ripe vine tomato risotto with baby spinach (Vegan)  

Choice of the following desserts 

Wild strawberry and mascarpone cheese cake served with fruit dressing 

Rich chocolate tart with fresh cream 

Selection of ice creams  

Package includes one drink per customer (Beer, Wine or Soft Drink) 

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Saturday 15th June at 2pm: Political Tour of West Belfast – Conflicting Stories

This 3-hour walking tour of West Belfast allows participants to gain a unique perspective on the Troubles era from ex-prisoners on both sides of the sectarian divide.  The tour takes in murals and their stories and the so-called ‘peace line’ as republicans and loyalists who have served time in prison guide the group along the Falls and Shankill Roads.  Please be aware that these are personal stories and, as such, represent the perspectives of those who share them. Tickets cost £14.50. To find out more, read the reviews here: http://bit.ly/2vr8IgZ 

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Conference Catering 13th to 15th June 

Morning and afternoon tea/coffee breaks will be provided, with free tea and coffee.  Lunch options on the Thursday and Friday are as follows (please note that long queues may develop at lunchtimes in some of these outlets): 

Bring Your Own – You may eat your own packed lunch anywhere in the foyer or café areas of PRONI. 

Conference Lunch Ticket – Access to a buffet comprising sandwiches, wraps and hot snacks can be purchased with your conference registration at a cost of £5.95 per day.    

PRONI Café – Sandwiches, salads and hot food. 

The Dock – An honesty box café.  Serves teas, coffees and a limited range of baked goods and soup for a donation. You may also eat your own packed lunch or lunch purchased elsewhere here.  Less than 5 minutes’ walk from PRONI 

Thyme Restaurant, Premier Inn – Sandwiches and hot food, Less than 5 minutes’ walk 

Spar – Sells a large range of sandwiches, salads and hot food to take away. Less than 5 minutes’ walk. 

Rain Check Belfast – A sit down restaurant, less than 5 minutes’ walk  

Subway – Sandwiches and salads, sit down or takeaway.  Less than 5 minutes’ walk. 

Paper Cup – Sandwiches and hot food.  Less than 5 minutes’ walk.  

Belfast Metropolitan College – Sandwiches and hot food. Next door to PRONI and open to non-students. 

Drawing Office Two, Titanic Hotel – Deli sandwiches in the room where the Titanic was designed! Less than 10 minutes’ walk. 

Titanic Belfast – Two food outlets, Bistro 401 and The Galley. Ten minutes’ walk.