Programme 2012

Note: Booking forms for excursions are linked below.

Sunday 11th March, 3.00pm

“If maps could speak – the History of Ordnance Survey in Ireland”. An illustrated talk by Richard Kirwan.

Venue: Kilcullen Heritage Centre.

€5, Tea.

Saturday 14th April, 1.00pm

Kildare Treasures in the National Museum of Ireland. An illustrated talk by Padraig Clancy (Member) followed by an opportunity to view the Kildare Treasures in the Museum.

Venue: The National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin.

No charge.

Sunday 13th May, 3.00pm

“A guided tour of Athy – the Fortress Town in the Marches of Kildare”

Guide: Frank Taaffe (Council Member).

Meet at the Heritage Centre.

€5, Tea.

14th, 15th and 16th June

Excursion to East Cork and West Waterford

Leader: Hugh Crawford (Vice President).

Based at the Garryvoe Hotel, Ballycotton.

Visits to Mitchelstown, Ardmore, Lismore, Youghal and Cobh.

Please see booking form. Members are advised to book early. Members only.

Sunday 15th July, 12.00 noon

Annual Excursion: County Louth

Guide: Conleth Manning (President).

Picnic at Mellifont Abbey, followed by a tour of the ruins of this Cisterican Abbey founded in 1142 on the orders of St Malachy, and which became the model for other Cistercian abbeys founded in Ireland. Visit the historic ruins of Monasterboice founded in the late 5th century by St Buithe, which comprise two churches, a round tower and 10th century high crosses. Visit Beaulieu House for a guided tour of the house, and enjoy the walled garden and Museum containing Classic race and road cars and memorabilia.

Stop for supper on the way home.

Book by 30th June at the latest – please see booking form. Members only.

Sunday 26th August, 3.00pm – Heritage Week Outing

Robertstown, the Grand Canal and Lowtown Lock

Guided walk by Karen Gorey.

Meet at the Holiday Village Car Park, Robertstown.

No Charge.

Sunday 23rd September, 3.00pm

Carbury Castle, by courtesy of John and Olwen Beattie, and with thanks to John Potterton. Drummin House by courtesy of Grattan de Courcy Wheeler.

Guides: Conleth Manning (President) and Michael Dempsey (Council Member).

Meet at Carbury Castle

€5, Tea.

Saturday 20th October, 2.30pm

“Anglo Norman Castles in Medieval County Kildare”

An illustrated talk by Dr Kieran O’Conor.

In memory of the late Lt Col Con Costello, KM, PhD (Past President).

Venue: NUI Maynooth – The John Hume Building,

North Campus, Room (JH L5).

€5, Tea.

Saturday 17th November, 3.00pm

Annual General Meeting

Venue: The Council Chamber, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, by kind permission of Kildare County Council. Followed by a short illustrated talk by Conleth Manning (President) on the drawings of H.G. Leask

No Charge. Members only.




3.00pm at Naas Branch Library, by kind permission of Kildare County Council

25th February • 28th April • 9th June • 15th September • 3rd November