The Belfast International Homecoming


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The seventh annual Belfast International Homecoming – the largest gathering of the diaspora

in Ireland – will take place Virtually on 1-2 October 2020.

The purpose is to welcome back our global family to join in the discussion about building a better Belfast.

Covid-19 has turned the world — and the priceless connections between people — upside down.

Where once we prized connectivity, interaction, travelling, sharing, partnership and public gatherings now the watchwords are isolation, travel bans, separation, distancing and sheltering.

At the Belfast International Homecoming 2020, therefore, we plan to build a bridge between those two parallel universes so that the people of Belfast and our global family can safely connect one to the other.

Our job will be to reconnect Belfast with its far-flung diaspora so that we replace the loneliness of lockdown with the warm, virtual embrace of friendship.

We will also honour a new cohort of Belfast Ambassadors who, even if unable to travel to our city, have continued to keep the connections to Belfast alive in the conviction that better and brighter days lie ahead.

Our message at the Homecoming to the Irish and Scots-Irish disapora will be one of optimism and positivity in the knowledge, as Martin Luther King taught us, that while disappointment is finite, hope is infinite.

Come join us then — virtually — at the seventh annual Belfast International Homecoming.


Our Belfast Homecoming Cocktail has been chosen by Francis Schott, Restaurateur from New Brunswick, NJ and Belfast Ambassador.  The Blackthorn cocktail by Dale DeGroff in The New Craft of The Cocktail, the best selling cocktail book in history.  There are a lot of versions to this drink but for our event Francis has added his own twist!


1 oz Irish Whiskey (Dead Rabbit)

1 oz Dry Vermouth (Dolin)

.75 oz Sloe Gin (Plymouth or home-made)

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 dash Absinthe or Pernod (optional but very nice)

Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice & stir. Strain off into small martini glass (Nick and Nora glass). Garnish with an orange peel, flamed if possible. (Bring Matches or a lighter)

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2 days
112 speakers
9 categories
Knocked Down but Getting Up Again: Tips for Surviving the Pandemic 02 October 2020, 04:05 PM
Anita Farmer, John Lee, Samuel Lynas, Alison McCrudden, Brian Moran & Rob Walsh
Can Queen’s University Belfast Drive The Regional Recovery Post-Covid? 02 October 2020, 12:15 PM
Marty T. Meehan, John D'Arcy, Prof Emma Flynn, Paul Little & Marie-Therese McGivern
Pandemic Gamechanger: Record Numbers of Staycationers Overnighted in Belfast this summer – Will They Keep Coming? 02 October 2020, 10:05 AM
Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas MS, Orla Noonan, Kathryn Thomson, Niall Gibbons, Judith Owens & Joanne Stuart
Belfast Calling 02 October 2020, 08:00 AM
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir Managing Director, Belfast Media Group

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