An Teacht Abhaile – Comhdháil Aon-Chathrach Bhéal Feirste

Guest of Honour, Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston

2014 Event: List of speakers and delegates | Pledges, Commitments and Actions | Final Agenda | Speaker Bios | Top 50 Business 2014 | In Pictures: LaunchTitanic Belfast174 TrustPopup  |  Finale
Previous One City Conferences: 2011,  2012 and 2013

The craic was mighty, the conversations productive, the collaborations inspiring and the creativity stunning as Belfast joined forces with the Diaspora this week for the inaugural Homecoming celebration.

Our mission was to build the peace in a better Belfast and 400 people, over four days, at seven full-house events, and across 30 different presentations panels and boardroom dialogue discussions certainly painted a picture of a resurgent city.

The real work beings now on bringing to life the pledges and commitments which were made in Duncairn Arts and Culture Centre, in An Chultúrlann Irish language oasis on the Falls, in the magnificent Methodist Church-backed Skainos hub in the heart of East Belfast, and in Titanic Belfast — as well as in café corners, pub snugs and hotel lobbies. I will be posting updates on my website at

Our list of ‘asks‘ — from the Diaspora and from Belfast — is now online and there is a task to which everyone can commit to ensure we build these strong bonds between our great city and what honorary chair of the Homecoming conference Colin Anderson dubs not the Diaspora but “our 70 million-strong family”.

As we thank the sons and daughters of the Diaspora who came home — most notably Moët Hennessy USA CEO Jim Clerkin, Lieutenant General (Rtd) Rick O’Meara, and Silicon Vally entrepreneur Séamus McAteer (who received our Diaspora Entrepreneur Award from Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan) — we are already preparing for the Homecoming II on 21-25 September 2015. A date for your diary.


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