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IAT Ulster Ireland Hosts IAT Annual Meeting


On September 19 to 25, IAT Ulster Ireland hosted the International Appalachian Trail Annual General Meeting, from Slieve League in County Donegal to Ballycastle, County Antrim.  The week-long event included scenic hikes, historic tours, fine dining and tasty beers, all with the great hospitality this beautiful emerald island is renowned for.

IAT Ulster IrelandMap of IAT Ulster Ireland (click to enlarge)

The event started with a visit to Kelly's Bridge on the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, where the mayors of both Donegal and Derry / Strabane welcomed the group and posed for a photo.

IAT AGM Photo Op at Kelly's Bridge

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From there the scene shifted to Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh - where IAT Ulster Ireland was officially launched in August 2013 - for lunch and a tour of the recreated Irish/American village which tells the story of three centuries of Irish emigration across the Atlantic.

Ulster American Folk Park Visit, October 2016

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On Day Two the group was off to 2,000ft Slieve League to view - from land and sea - the landfall of IAT Ulster Ireland and lunch with local government and tourism officials.

Slieve League during 2016 IAT Annual Meeting

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For more on the story, go to the IAT website