Calendar of Events

Mar
25
Sun
‘We have lost our great Mrs Conolly’ – the life and letters of Katherine Conolly (1662–1752) of Castletown House @ Kilcullen Heritage Centre
Mar 25 @ 3:00 pm
‘We have lost our great Mrs Conolly’ – the life and letters of Katherine Conolly (1662–1752) of Castletown House @ Kilcullen Heritage Centre | County Kildare | Ireland

An illustrated talk offering a revealing perspective on the life of a rich, energetic and intelligent Irish woman living in the first half of the eighteenth century.
Speaker: Dr. Gaye Ashford (Member)

Apr
21
Sat
Visit to Kildangan Stud @ Kildangan Stud
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm
Visit to Kildangan Stud @ Kildangan Stud | County Kildare | Ireland

By kind permission of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.
Guide: Tom Gallagher, Kildangan Stud
Members only

May
20
Sun
Trip to Scotland @ Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane
May 20 @ 12:00 am – May 25 @ 11:45 pm
Trip to Scotland @ Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane | Scotland | United Kingdom

The County Kildare Archaeological Society is to embark on a most ambitious trip to Scotland next year by popular request.

The trip will be under the guidance of JMG Travel, one of the leading tour operators of the Scottish mainland and will take place between 20 – 25 May 2018 by luxury coach. The group will be accommodated in the specially chosen modern and elegant Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane-Hydro 4-star Hotel, which offers a Jacuzzi, an indoor pool, sauna and spa.

Following an intensive recce by the President and Honorary Secretary an itinerary has more or less been agreed and this will include many heritage and historic sites specifically selected to fit the health and fitness level of our members. These will include; Edinburgh, a trip along the shores of Loch Lomond with views of the Trossachs National Park, a visit to the Highlands to take in the planned town of Inveraray and visit the neo-gothic castle the home of the duke of Argyll, a tour of Stirling, a visit to the Scottish borders to Dryburgh Abbey a medieval ruin of fine ecclesiastical architecture and a visit to the magical Rosslyn chapel.

While final costs have not been worked out for incidentals such as entry fees and lunches etc, however, JMG Travel have negotiated an all-in price for the coach travel and hotel accommodation @ €680 per person sharing with a single room supplement of €185 for the 5 nights.

It should be noted that hotels in the UK are not as flexible as Irish hotels and booking and payment will be demanded very soon. In this regard, we will be advising that members booking the trip should activate their travel insurance to cover any unplanned cancellation. Please note that a number of members have already booked with the Secretary as places will be limited.

Download the CKAS Scottish Excursion Booking Form here

Aug
25
Sat
‘Lullymore and its environs’ – Heritage Week @ Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park
Aug 25 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
'Lullymore and its environs’ - Heritage Week @ Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park

‘Lullymore and its environs’
Guide: Michael Jacob (Council Member).
Time: 2.30pm – 5.00pm.
Meeting point: Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park.
No Charge

Sep
22
Sat
Rathmines ‘Ireland’s premier independent township’ 1847- 1930
Sep 22 @ 2:30 pm
Rathmines ‘Ireland’s premier independent township’ 1847- 1930

A street walk to explore this historical part of Dublin city.
Guide: Dr. Séamas Ó Maitiú (Member).

Oct
14
Sun
‘Kildare Racecourses, Past and Present’ @ Kilcullen Heritage Centre
Oct 14 @ 3:00 pm
‘Kildare Racecourses, Past and Present’ @ Kilcullen Heritage Centre | County Kildare | Ireland

Speaker: Guy St. John Williams, Racing historian and writer.
Venue: Kilcullen Heritage Centre.
Followed by Tea/Coffee.
Donation: €5

Nov
10
Sat
‘The End of the Great War 1918’ @ Killashee House Hotel
Nov 10 @ 9:30 am
'The End of the Great War 1918' @ Killashee House Hotel | County Kildare | Ireland

Chairperson: Professor Mary Ann Lyons, Maynooth University.
Venue: Killashee House Hotel, Naas.
Details will be posted on the website later.

Nov
24
Sat
Annual General Meeting @ Killashee House Hotel
Nov 24 @ 3:00 pm