Getting There, Booking Accommodation, What to See

In a nutshell … 


Location: the RDS (Royal Dublin Society), Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Event: Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2017 – a series of DNA Lectures, held in conjunction with Back to Our Past, Ireland’s annual national genealogical exhibition.

Date: 20-22 October 2017 (Friday to Sunday)

Times: 11.00 – 18.00 each day (last lecture starts at 17.00)

Admission Fee: 10 euro (about £8, $12) per day, but 50% discount if booked in advance at the Back to Our Past website, so 15 euro (£12, $18) for all three days. This gives you access to EVERYTHING including the DNA Lectures. No other genealogical exhibition offers you so much for so little. The only real costs involved are getting there and staying there.

The Venue 


The RDS (Royal Dublin Society) is Ireland's premier exhibition venue. Founded in 1731, the RDS hosts the famous Dublin Horse Show each year and its Exhibition Centre is equivalent to London's Olympia or Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (where Who Do You Think You Are? Live is hosted each year). It is surrounded by parks, restaurants and affordable accommodation, from Bed & Breakfasts to reasonably-priced hotels. The venue is 15 minutes from Dublin's historic city centre, 5 minutes from Lansdowne Road Football Stadium, and is easily accessible by public transport (both bus and DART). Click here for a link to the RDS on Google Maps.



Back to Our Past – general info 


The first Back to Our Past event took place back in 2010. It is run in association with the Active Over-50’s Show and the Coin & Stamp Fair. Attendance was 18,000 people in 2014. The exhibition consists of a multitude of stands/booths publicising the activities of organisations and businesses associated with genealogy and family tree research in Ireland and internationally. The BTOP website is here - Back to Our Past.

There is also a series of lectures, dealing with both traditional genealogy and genetic genealogy. Each year's lecture schedule will be posted here ... traditional genealogical programme and the DNA Lectures. The DNA lecture schedule from previous years can be viewed here ... GGI2015, GGI2014, and GGI2013.

This year’s traditional genealogy programme should be available 4-6 weeks prior to the event and we will notify you of this in due course.



The Back to Our Past section of the exhibition is in the Serpentine Hall, with the FTDNA stand on the north wall of the hall (stands 30, 46, & 63), right beside the DNA Lecture Theatre (see diagram below).



Accomodation & Travel


A variety of Bed & Breakfast and hotel accomodation is close by. Click the links below to explore further. In previous years, several US colleagues stayed in the Glenogra Bed & Breakfast which is a 4 minute walk to the venue. Two deluxe hotels are almost opposite the Glenogra, namely the InterContinental Hotel (formerly the Four Seasons Hotel) and the Clayton Hotel (formerly Bewley's Hotel). The more reasonably priced Sandymount Hotel (formerly the Mount Herbert Hotel) is also quite close.

-  Bed & Breakfasts

Reasonably-Priced Hotels


There is plenty to do and see in and around Dublin, and many things are very centrally located so you can see a lot of things on foot. A list of the most popular tourist attractions can be found by clicking the links below:




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