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 will be to the very interesting medieval town of Castledermot, Co.Kildare where our guide will be Sharon Greene, who is editor of Archaeology Ireland . Sharon will conduct a walking tour of the town which will take about two hours. She will focus primarily on the story of the medieval town and will start at the early monastic site which is St. James's Church and also take in the Franciscan Friary, Carlowgate/town wall, Market Square, Fair Green and site of St. John's.

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

The following is the programme:

10.15  Arrive in Castledermot and park in car park of Teach Diarmada Community Centre on the Main Street.

10.30  Start walking tour.

12.30  Depart for Kilkea Castle.

12.45  Lunch in The Clubhouse at Kilkea Castle.

13.45  Depart for Moone and view the high cross.

14.45  Depart for Ballitore Quaker village and visit the museum and walk around the village with its early 18th century buildings.

16.00  Depart for Dublin.

From Dublin, take the M7/M9 and get off at exit 4 for Castledermot. Park in the car park of Teach Diarmada Community Centre on the Main Street. It is the former national school beside St. James's where the tour begins.

If you are interested in this trip, please contact the undersigned by 3rd May.

Richard Ryan or 01-2853960


Trip to Mountmellick and Emo

Date: Saturday, 25th May 2019

Guide: Rob Goodbody

Details to be arranged.


Tour of Dalkey Island

Date: Saturday, 15th June 2019
Meeting Point : Coliemore Harbour  (Meeting time to be finalised)

Archaeologist, Jason Bolton, will lead us on this, his third tour of Dalkey Island. The tour will begin at the boat harbour, examining the site of the 1960’s archaeological excavations where remains from the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Iron Age/early medieval trade with the Roman Empire were uncovered, 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.

The trip will be limited to 20 people (including the guide) and must be booked in advance. Booking has not yet opened. Members will be notified when it opens.