You are invited to the inaugural Homecoming Conference. It promises to be fun and the start of a new era of co-operation between the people of Belfast and those in the diaspora who hail from Belfast or simply love the city and wish to build the peace. In this work, we have the support of our Honorary Conference Chairs and Connecting Champions.

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Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Conference Convenor,

“During my tenure as Lord Mayor of Belfast, I travelled to many wonderful cities in North America to meet the Irish but no matter how overpowering the warmth of the welcome, the greatest part of the journey was the road home. That’s why the Homecoming ( planned for Belfast from 24-26 September will strike a chord with Irish Americans (and the Irish of Canada and Britain), because for them, even at 50, 100 or 150 years remove, Ireland remains the homeland. I brought to cities in which the Irish have risen to the top – London, New York, San Francisco, Toronto – the story of a vibrant and positive Belfast on the rise. But when I stepped down from my mayoral duties, I decided the best way to keep that bridge of hope between the people of Belfast and those who love this city was to invite them back to Belfast. Thus, inspired also by the success of the Gathering and the Detroit Homecoming, was born The Homecoming and Belfast One City Conference which will take place from 24-26 September. We plan to bring 50 people of influence from the diaspora to re-engage, reconnect, reinvest and rebuild Belfast this September but in years ahead we want to grow numbers attending the Homecoming to 100, 150, 200 and even 1,000.”

September 24-27, 2014 The Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts, Titanic Drawing Rooms, Strand Arts Centre, Titanic Belfast, An Chultúrlann, Cathedral Quarter

*Earlybird special for the full delegate rate is available until 5th September priced at £99+VAT. Buy now.

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