Summer Outings 2019

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Summer Outing to Castledermot, Moone and Ballitore, Co.Kildare

Date: Saturday, 11th May 2019

Guide: Sharon Greene

The first Summer outing of 2019 was to the very interesting medieval town of Castledermot, Co.Kildare where our guide was Sharon Greene, who is editor of Archaeology Ireland . Sharon conducted a walking tour of the town focusing primarily on the story of the medieval town and started at the early monastic site which is now St. James's Church and also took in the magnificent Franciscan Friary, Carlowgate/town wall, Market Square, Fair Green and pointed out the site of St. John's.

After lunch in The Clubhouse at Kilkea Castle, we visited Moone and its 10th century high cross, followed by a visit to the nearby Quaker village of Ballitore.


Outing to Mountmellick and Emo

Date: Saturday, 20th July 2019 (Note new date)

Guide: Rob Goodbody

Details to be arranged.


Tour of Dalkey Island

Date: Saturday, 15th June 2019
Meeting Point : Coliemore Harbour  (Meeting time 10am)

On Saturday, 15th June 2019, archaeologist Jason Bolton, will lead us on a tour of Dalkey Island. This is a repeat of the very successful tours of 2017 and 2018.

The tour will begin at the boat harbour, examining the site of the 1960s archaeological excavations where remains from the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Iron Age/early medieval trade with the Roman Empire were uncovered. This will be followed by a tour of the early medieval ecclesiastical site and the Napoleonic War fortifications. The tour will also cover shipwrecks around the Dalkey islands, the probable location(s) of the medieval port of Dalkey and consider the use of the island as a trading post, settlement site, refuge, prison, duelling ring and military base.

The guided part of the tour will last an hour and then everyone can explore at their leisure.

The boat journey to the island takes 5 minutes and the boat takes five passengers at a time. I am limiting the visit to 19 members and this means that it could take 45 to 60 minutes to get everybody on to the island. So, there will be some waiting around. The cost of the return trip is €8 per person. Our guide is not charging for his services and has instead suggested that we make a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Hence, I will collect €5 from each person and pass it on to the Society.

The trip is weather-dependent. If we have to cancel, I will call those booked, so I will need everybody’s mobile phone number.

Bring suitable footwear and clothing. There is no shelter on the island and the ground is rough. Also, bring binoculars if you are interested in birds.

The trip is not suitable for those who are unsteady on their feet. While the trip is safe, you should note that the risks are somewhat higher than normal. These include getting into and out of the boat, the short boat journey itself and the rough and uneven ground on the island. By booking for the trip, you are accepting these risks and accepting personal responsibility for any accidents and accepting that the Society, the guide and the organiser are not liable.


If you are interested in this trip, reserve your place with me at or 01-2853960 or 086-207-5830.  You must give me a mobile number in case we have to cancel at short notice. While all interested members should apply, I will try to give priority to those who have not been able to get on either of the two previous trips.


We will meet at Coliemore Harbour at 10am on Saturday, 15th June. Coliemore Harbour is not to be confused with the larger Bullock Harbour to the north. Bullock is the one with the castle overlooking it.

To reach Coliemore, drive down the main street of Dalkey to the end where it splits in three. Turn left and almost immediately go to the right of the Corner Note Cafe. You are now on Coliemore Road. When the buildings on the left disappear, you will be at the harbour. To access parking, turn right, here, up Green Road and park at the top where the road widens. Walk back down to the harbour.

You can also come by DART. Coliemore is a 10-15 minute walk from Dalkey DART station.

Richard Ryan

13th May 2019.