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Heritage Week

Wednesday 21st August 2019

Free Guided Walk of Northumberland Avenue

Meeting Place: Dunnes Stores

Time: 7 p.m.

Guide: Colin Scudds 

One of the oldest roads in Dun Laoghaire with a great history including Joycean and Napoleonic connections, also a Castle that looked onto Northumberland Avenue from a height.

Sunday 15 – Tuesday 17 September 2019.

3 day/2-night tour of Sligo, Longford, Roscommon & the North West

(Fully booked but if you wish to go on the waiting list contact Maria on 087 2884069)

Cost: €260.00 per person sharing a twin/double room, €320.00 for single rooms. 

Hotel: 4-star Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo. – 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast.

Guided Tours of the following:

  • Corlea Trackway Visitors Centre –  interprets an Iron Age bog road that was built in 148 BC across the bog lands of Longford. Inside the centre an eighteen-metre stretch of the preserved trackway is on display.

  • St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford – the foundation stone laid in 1840 but did not open until 1856 due to the famine. There are beautiful stained-glass windows by artist Harry Clarke at the end of the side chapel.

  • Castlecoote House – a magnificent Georgian building incorporating parts of a sixteenth-century castle. The present owners bought Castlecoote House in 1997, the house was a ruin and the restoration took 5 years.

  • Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery – the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland and is also among the country’s oldest with monuments ranging from 5,000 to 5,800 years old.

  • Lissadell House is a Neo-Classical Greek Revival style house built of local cut grey limestone designed by Francis Goodwin. It is famous as the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, her sister Eva Gore-Booth and her brother Josslyn Gore-Booth.

  • Belleek Pottery & Museum – see the Masterpiece Collection Laurel Basket being made by talented craftspeople. Also, the museum contains pieces dating back to when the pottery was started in 1857.

  • Mullaghmore Harbour – short stop here.

  • Drumcliffe Church & Cemetery – located in an area of outstanding natural beauty in north county Sligo and has connections with Saint Columba, W.B. Yeats and the Gore-Booth family.

  • Sligo Abbey – a Dominican Friary founded in the mid-thirteenth-century by Maurice Fitzgerald. The site contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture, a well-preserved cloister and the only sculptured fifteenth-century high alter to survive in an Irish monastic church.

  • Parke’s Castle – a restored plantation castle of the early seventeenth-century, situated on the shores of Lough Gill, once the home of Robert Parke. There is evidence of an earlier sixteenth-century Tower House once owned by Brian O’Rourke who was executed in Tyburn, London in 1591.

  • Florence Court – a Georgian mansion and Irish estate which is the creation of three successive generations of the Cole family who were powerful Fermanagh landowners in the plantations of the seventeenth-century.

  • Light LunchesDay 1: Longford Golf Club, Day: 2 Tea Rooms, Lissadell House, Day: 3 Stables Restaurant, Florence Court

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The Aims of the Society are to promote and sustain an interest in the Culture, Heritage and History of Ireland, with particular regard to the Dun Laoghaire Area

FountainThe Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society was started by a number of people who came together out of a love of local environment, its history, and its environs. The first meeting was in the rooms of Dun Laoghaire Credit Union, at 21 Longford Terrace, Monkstown on the 21st April 1978.

The Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society is a Member of the Federation of Local History Societies and is supported by local business.