Annual Outing to Birr 26th – 29th April 2024

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The outing cost may be paid via this link

The annual outing for 2024 will be will be based in Birr from Friday 26th April to Monday 29th inclusive, Accommodation has been reserved in The County Arms Hotel but all of these rooms are now booked following the announcement of the outing details at recent meetings of the society.

It may be worthwhile to contact the hotel to see if rooms become free — our contact is Michelle Digan 057 912 0791

Here are other accommodation options:

  • Dooleys Hotel 057 912 0032
  • The Stables 057 912 0263
  • Emmet House 057 916 9885
  • Spinners 057 912 3779
  • Townsend Guest House 057 912 1276
  • Minnocks B&B 087 970 8312

Please let us know (at outings@rathichaelhistoricalsociety.ie ) if you plan to stay elsewhere.

We have arranged dinner in the hotel for Sat. evening 27th April (3 courses + tea / coffee for €38 / person)

Please ensure that you have reserved with the hotel for dinner (if you will be joining us). Cost of dinner and drinks is not included in the outing cost and must be dealt with individually.

The plans for the weekend are now finalised and are very exciting. They include a guided visit to the Monastic site of Sier Kieran for those who arrive in Birr in the early afternoon on Fri.

An introductory talk on The Monastic Midlands in the hotel on the Fri. evening – with tea / coffee.

A guided visit to Birr Castle, Museum and Gardens and a guided walking tour of Birr, after lunch in the castle café.

Guided visits to Clonmacnoise and Clonfert, with lunch and a guided visit to the Napoleonic fort in Shannonbridge.

Guided visits to the Monastic site of Lemanaghan, with lunch locally, and to visit Boher Church to see the famous shrine and Harry Clarke windows there, and a visit to a private metal working workshop.

Cost for the trip is €110. This includes all visits, appreciation for our guides, 3 lunches + tea / coffee on the Fri. evening.

The outing cost may be paid via this link

Full itinerary will be provided when you book and the outing fee is paid.

We look forward to spending a most enjoyable weekend with you in Birr.