Visit the Belfast you never knew existed. Learn about the invisible boundaries between the old Gaelic lands of Ballymacarret and Ballyhackamore. Discover the Gaelic source name of Glentoran and other hidden histories. The monthly tour is led by Gordon McCoy and can be booked here.
The Gaelic Bus Tour of East Belfast. Departs from Skainos at 11am. The Belfast you never knew existed. The invisible boundaries between the old Gaelic lands of Ballymacarret and Ballyhackamore and other hidden histories. Tour guide is Gordon McCoy. £11, including booking fee. Ticket link is here.
The Conn O’Neill Bus Tour. Departs from Skainos at 11am. See his inauguration site. Visit the location in the Castlereagh Hills where his stronghold stood. Travel to his resting place. Tales of intrigue, power and the end of an old order. Tour guide is Brian Ervine. £11, including booking fee. Ticket link is here.
Conn ‘Neill was the last King of Castlereagh. See the sight of his inauguration where he rose to power. Visit the location in the Castlereagh Hills where his stronghold once stood. Travel to his final resting place and hear a song in his honour. Fascinating tales of intrigue, power and the dimming of an old order.
The Conn O’Neill tour is led by Brian Ervine. These tours regularly sell out. Tickets can be booked here.
Turas is holding a day-long Dianchúrsa - Irish language day course - on September 7. This involves all levels from beginner to ardrang. Lessons take place in the Turas rooms in the Skainos building, 239 Newtownards Road Belfast. Registration is at 9.30am and the fee is £10, including lunch. No need to pre-book. Bígí linn!
A chance for princes and princesses to get their best costumes on and come along to our free family fun day. Saturday, August 31. From 11am until 2pm at Skainos Square, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast. With hobby horses, photo booth, bouncy castles, arts and crafts, face painter and a balloon modeler.
Conn O’Neill, the last Gaelic Lord of east Belfast, is called from the grave to answer the charge that he betrayed Ulster and her people. The audience become the jury and after hearing the evidence, will decide on Conn’s guilt or innocence. This is a free event by the Newpoint Players. Written by Anthony Russell.
The second Conn O'Neill Festival will take place over two weekends in August and September 2019 and marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Conn, the last Gaelic Lord of east Belfast.
The Festival will be launched on Thursday August 30th with events on Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday. The festival will continue the following weekend with a dianchúrsa on Saturday.
We hope you will be able to join us for some of the events over the two weekends and if you would like to help at the festival, particularly on either Saturday.
Cairde Turas acknowledges the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund in making this Festival possible.
Our bus tours are hugely successful and regularly sell out. Each month we have the bus tour of Gaelic East Belfast and the Conn O’Neill bus tour. The next tour of Gaelic East Belfast is on June 15th and is led by Gordon McCoy. The Conn O’Neill tour is on June 22nd led by Brian Ervine. Tickets for both tours can be booked here.