Summer Outings 2018

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We are visiting Tully on Saturday, 11th August.

We meet at 2 o'c, at the high cross by the roadside on Lehaunstown Lane. 500 metres from Laughanstown Luas stop (to the south - exit the station and turn left).

Note:There is no parking along Lehaunstown Lane, which is narrow with no verges to speak of. The walk will be mainly on the road, but bring strong footwear.

The sites to be visited will include Tully Church and the two crosses, Lehaunstown House and its castle (seen from the outside only), and a general overview of the area, the Lehaunstown military camp and the current development of the lands.

And we visit Ballycorus, on Saturday, 8th September, again at 2 o'c.

Meet at the junction of Ballycorus Road with Sutton's Lane, mid-way between Shankill and Kilternan.

There is a limited amount of parking at the meeting point.  Note that the entire guided walk is uphill, some of it over rough ground, so it will be an energetic walk and strong footwear is essential.

We will be seeing the lead works at Ballycorus, the former manager's houses, the shot works, the extremely long flue, the sites of the mines and the older shot works and the chimney.


Royal Canal Walking Tour with Peter Clarke

Date: Saturday, 26th May 2018
Meeting Point and Time: Brian Boru Pub (Hedigan's) at Cross Guns Bridge at 12 noon

Peter Clarke of the Royal Canal Amenity Group (RCAG) and author of The Royal Canal: The Complete Story lead us on a walking tour of the canal. The tour lasted about 90 minutes.


Tour of Dalkey Island

Date: Sunday, 17th June 2018 at 10am
Meeting Point and Time: Coliemore Harbour at 10am

Archaeologist, Jason Bolton, lead us on a tour of Dalkey Island. The tour began 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 lasted an hour and then everyone could explore at their leisure.

The boat journey to the island takes 5 minutes and the boat takes five passengers at a time

Henrietta Street to Grangegorman Walking Tour with Arran Henderson

Date: Saturday, 23rd June 2018
Meeting Point and Time: 14 Henrietta Street at 11.30am

Arran Henderson of Dublin Decoded lead this walking tour for Rathmichael Historical Society from Henrietta Street to Grangegorman via Broadstone.

Day Trip to Carlow - St. Willibrord, Patron Saint of Luxembourg and his County Carlow connection tour, County Carlow

Date: Sunday, 8th July 2018
Meeting Point and Time: 11.00am Arboretum Garden Centre, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow. (take exit 6 off the M9 motorway).

11.00am - Tea/ Coffee break in the Arboretum Garden Centre, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow. (Take exit 6 off the M9 motorway).

11.30am - Depart for visit to Rath Melsigi, Garryhundon, Co. Carlow. Location of where St. Willibrord was trained and ordained.

11.35am - Visit to Rath Melsigi, Garryhundon, Co. Carlow
(subject to permission from landowner) (suitable footwear to cross a field to the site).

12.10pm - Depart for tour of St. Laserian’s Cathedral & Holy Well, Old Leighlin.

12.35pm - Tour of St. Laserian’s Cathedral and Holy Well, Old Leighlin.

2.30pm - Lunch in Lord Bagenal Hotel, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow.

3.15pm - Depart for Carlow town. Park at the Visual Carpark, Carlow Town (paid carpark).

3.30pm - Visit Relic of St. Willibrord, Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow town.

4.15pm - Tour of Carlow County Museum including the St. Willibrord exhibition, Carlow Town.

5.30pm - Depart for Dublin.

Guide for the Day: Dermot Mulligan, Museum Curator, Carlow County Museum.

St. Willibrord, Patron Saint of Luxembourg is one of Europe’s most important Saints. He was trained and ordained in County Carlow at Rath Melsigi, Ireland’s most important Anglo-Saxon ecclesiastical settlement. After twelve years of being trained and ordained in County Carlow he embarked on a major mission to the European continent in AD 690. He along with his colleagues had an enormous impact on the Netherlands, Germany & Luxembourg. He established a major monastery in the town of Echternach, Luxembourg and he is buried there. Every year that town hosts an annual UNESCO World Heritage Status ‘hopping procession’, in his honour.

In June 2017 this historical connection was celebrated in both County Carlow and Echternach. An ecumenical pilgrimage travelled to Echternach and became the first known Irish group to participate in the hopping procession. While there the group was presented with a ‘Relic of St. Willibrord’ which is now on permanent display in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow town. Next door to the Cathedral, Carlow County Museum has opened a special year long exhibition about the connection.

His Carlow connection had been virtually forgotten until 1982 when Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, School of History, National University Galway, published his first paper on St. Willibrord. This laid the foundation for contacts between Echternach, Luxembourg and Co. Carlow. The project is coordinated by Carlow County Museum on behalf of Carlow County Council. The tour will visit several sites relevant to the St Willibrord connection.

Rath Melsigi, Garryhundon, Co. Carlow:
The location of the Anglo-Saxon monastery that St. Willibrord and his fellow Anglo-Saxons travelled from Northumbria, England to be trained and ordained to undertake a mission to Europe. What remains of the site is an old graveyard with the a 7th century cross that would have been present when St. Willibrord was in County Carlow.

St. Laserian’s Cathedral and Holy Well:
Carlow’s oldest working building, seat of the Church of Ireland Bishop of Leighlin, which dates back to the 12th/ 13th centuries was originally founded in the early 7th century by St. Gobban and in 630AD a synod was held here to consider the correct time for the celebration of Easter. The nearby Holy Well is still venerated with St. Laserian’s pattern day celebrated on April 18th. This would have been the major monastery in the area when St. Willibrord was in the area and as it was the seat of the Bishop it is possible he may have been ordained in this locality.

Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow Town:
Bishop James Doyle (’J.K.L.’), considered to be Ireland’s most influential Bishops of the 19th century, laid the foundation stone of the Cathedral in 1828 and was among the first Cathedral’s to be built after the Catholic Emancipation. The Cathedral was completed in 1833 and serves the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. The ‘Relic of St. Willibrord’, gifted to the county by the people of Echternach, Luxembourg in June 2017, is now on permanent display in the Cathedral.

Carlow County Museum:
Carlow County Museum coordinates the St. Willibrord project. The Museum is located in the Cultural Quarter of Carlow Town and is entered through Carlow Tourist Office. Over four exhibitions galleries get a snapshot of the wonderful history and heritage of the county. Presently the Museum has a special exhibition on St. Willibrord and his connection to the county. See a copy of St. Willibrord’s own hand writing, the oldest datable signature of an English person, written on a book from county Carlow. View samples of the beautiful manuscripts that were produced in Echternach. The method of making a manuscript is shown in detail, from producing the inks and the vellum to how the letters and designs were laid out. The Museum, open year-round, is operated by Carlow County Council in association with the Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society and has free admission.

Further Information:
RTE television programme ‘Nationwide’, Monday 12th February 2018 with a feature on St. Willibrord:

KCLR96FM radio documentary ‘Carlow Hops to Luxembourg’:

Booking: by email to or a phone to 01 285 3960