Rathmichael Weekend in Cork City
Date: 5th, 6th and 7th April 2019
For our 2019 away weekend, we visited Cork City under the expert guidance of Howard Clarke who is at present engaged in research for the Irish Historic Towns Atlas of Cork City. Howard was also responsible for the Irish Historic Towns Atlas of Dublin, Part 1 to 1610.
Howard presented a fascinating lecture on the Friday evening at 7.30pm on the development of Cork City from its genesis on the mud flats and then lead two guided tours on the Saturday - one of the medieval and early modern core of the city and one of the 17th and 18th century area of reclamation.
On Sunday, we made a group visit to the very interesting Spike Island, departing by ferry from Cobh at 12.00 and returning at 15.30 (cost €16).
We had arranged a limited amount of accommodation in the Belvedere Lodge guest house in Glanmire with the option of hotel accommodation nearby in the Clayton Silver Springs where our Friday night lecture and our Saturday dinner were provided.
The following was the schedule:
Friday, 5th April
Check in to Belvedere Lodge Guest House (or Clayton Silver Springs Hotel). Make own arrangements for evening meal (not included in package).
7.30pm Lecture by Howard Clarke in Clayton Silver Springs Hotel in room Harbour 6.
Saturday, 6th April
9.30am Bus departs Belvedere Lodge with entire group for starting point of guided walk at St.Finbar's Cathedral.
During the day, there will be a coffee break and a lunch break (soup and sandwiches €9.50). Participants pay individually.
5.00pm End of guided walk. Participants make their own way back to hotel.
7.45pm Dinner in Silver Springs Hotel in reserved section of main restaurant. Cost is €27 for three courses inc. tea/coffee. Participants pay
individually (except for those staying in the hotel as the dinner is included in their weekend rate).
Sunday, 7th April
12.00pm Depart Cobh by ferry to Spike Island for guided tour. (Cost €16).
3.00pm Return to Cobh by ferry.
Driving Directions to Belvedere Lodge from Dublin. (Clayton Silver Springs Hotel is just before, and above, the Lodge).
The motorway from Dublin ends at a very large roundabout called the Dunkettle Roundabout. Stay in the right lane here. Take the third exit from this roundabout (the exit after the tunnel, don't take the tunnel). After 1km you will meet the Glanmire Roundabout. Take the first exit here. This dual carriageway continues for 1.5km. Be in the right lane at that point, continuing for Cork City. Belvedere Lodge is on the right, 2km from Glanmire Roundabout.