The programme of events below is STILL SUBJECT TO CHANGE:
Wednesday, July 12
7:00 PM – In Hospitality Suite at Bradford Hotel, commence registration (pick up registration packets, Tshirts, etc).
Thursday, July 13
8:30 – 10:00 AM – Registration continues at Bradford Hospitality Suite
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Bus Tour of Southfork (home of J.R. and Ewing TV family) and Downtown Dallas (Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and other Kennedy Assassination sights www.jfk.org; Old Red Courthouse; Arts District; Farmers Market)
7:00 PM – to be decided
Friday, July 14
9:00 AM – Bus to Fort Worth (visit Fort Worth Stockyards, Western Art Museum and other Downtown sights and Kimball Art Museum)
7:00 PM – Mesquite Rodeo (dinner there)
Saturday, July 15
Morning – Shopping on your own
2:00 PM – Bus to Downtown Dallas Public Library (Lloyd Bockstruck talk regarding early Irish in Texas, why and how they came and what life was like) (chapter meetings)
5:00 PM – Leave for Old City Park www.oldcitypark.org where docents can lead us around to see what early Dallas was like and then at the Pavilion have concluding Banquet. This would involve some walking.
Sunday, July 16
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Brunch and concluding meetings at home of Byron and Nancy Egan
The Rally headquarters hotel will be the Bradford Hotel at Lincoln Park www.bradfordsuites.com. The Bradford Hotel is in suburban North Dallas just one block behind a shopping centre with some restaurants, a big Barnes & Noble Bookstore (with a Starbucks Coffee area), several shops and a Texas size Tom Thumb Grocery Store (which has a pharmacy and a good selection of beers and wines). It is across Northwest Highway from Northpark Shopping Centre www.northparkcenter.com, which is a world class air conditioned shopping mall with Neiman Marcus and three other large department store anchors, a multitude of smaller shops and a variety of restaurants. Northpark has a tax rebate arrangement for international shoppers www.shoptexastaxfree.com . Further, about two blocks in another direction from the Bradford is Greenville Avenue along which are a number of fast food and other restaurants plus liquor stores and a number of other shops. The Tipperary Inn, which has Guinness and often Irish pub singing, is in easy driving/cab range. There are a variety of churches in the vicinity. The location is safe, and is near where Byron and Nancy live.
Rooms at the Bradford have own bathroom, kitchenette (with refrigerator, toaster, microwave, sink, dishes, etc.), TV, telephone, high-speed internet connection, etc. The Bradford also has free continental breakfast, fitness centre, business centre with computers for guest use, swimming pool, guest laundry facility, parking garage, etc. The Bradford is not luxurious, but it is new, the price is reasonable and the necessary amenities are in the hotel or close by. The Bradford does not have a restaurant or bar, but we can bring our own liquor for use in the hospitality area and elsewhere.
Rooms can be booked immediately and contact details are:
The Bradford Hotel at Lincoln Park
8221 North Central Expressway,
Dallas, Texas 75225
Att: Devon Jay, Sales Manager
Rooms have been reserved in 2 categories:
Executive – 2 persons only US$79/night + taxes
Deluxe – 4 persons only US$99/night + taxes
Bookings should be made directly with the hotel, referencing the Clan Egan Association and the contract group rate which applies from the 12th -16th July inclusive. Check-in is 3pm and checkout 11am.
As the Dallas area is quite spread out, many people will choose to rent a car at the airport (there is free parking at the Bradford). Cabs are readily available at the airports, but usually elsewhere pick-ups have to be arranged by telephone. We plan to arrange a bus to take us from the Bradford to most Rally events. July is a hot month in Texas with temperatures often exceeding 100°F in the daytime and hovering close to 80°F at night, but we have good air conditioning.
Byron Egan, Clan President USA