Programme 2014

Saturday 8th March, 9.30am
Seminar: “They called it ‘The Great War’”
Chairman: Professor Raymond Gillespie
Speakers: Professor John Horne, Tom Burke MBE,
Frank Taaffe, Fionnuala Walsh and James Durney.
Venue: Hotel Keadeen, Newbridge
€15, Refreshments and light lunch.

Sunday 6th April, 3.00pm
“The Photographs of Jane Wigham Shackleton”
Speaker: Chris Corlett
Venue: Kilcullen Heritage Centre
€4.00, Tea.

Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th May
Excursion by coach to County Wexford
Leaders: Hugh Crawford (Vice President) and
Siobhán McNulty (Honorary Treasurer)
Based at the Whitford House Hotel, Wexford.
Visits to New Ross, Tintern Abbey, Hook Head, Johnstown Castle & Gardens,
Irish Agricultural Museum, a guided walking tour of Wexford Town including
Selskar Abbey, Enniscorthy Castle.
Book by 15th April – Please see booking form and details. Members only.

Sunday 15th June, 3.00pm
Timahoe Round Tower, Church, and Castle; visit to Culm Crusher
Guides: Conleth Manning and Michael Jacob
Built on the site of an early monastery founded by St Mochua, this complete
round tower has one of the finest Romanesque doorways in Ireland. Nearby are
the remains of a church, which was later converted into a castle. Followed by a
visit to the remains of an industrial horse-driven “Culm Crusher” plant used for
domestic “Bumb” production. Bring a flask for refreshments.
No Charge.

Sunday 6th July, 12.30pm
Annual Excursion: County Westmeath
Fore and Tullynally Castle
Guides: Conleth Manning (President) and Michael Dempsey (Council Member)
Meet at the car park west of Fore village at 12.30pm. (Picnic will start at about
1.30pm after the visit to the Church). At Fore, the site of an early monastery founded by St Feichín, we will visit St Feichín’s Church (10th century), a medievalhermit’s cell, the mill, and the medieval Benedictine Priory and will hear about the Seven Wonders of this beautiful and magical place. Proceed to Tullynally for a guided tour of the Castle.

Supper at the Mullingar Park Hotel

Book by June 25th at the latest – please see booking form. Members only.

Sunday 31st August, 3.00pm – Heritage Week outing
“Preparing for War: Relics at the Curragh”
Guide: Adrian Mullowney (Honorary Webmaster)
Visit to the Curragh Military Museum and
WW1 trench complex on the Curragh Plains.
Meet at O’Donnell’s Shop, Curragh Camp.
No Charge.

Sunday 14th September, 2.30pm
“Kildare Footprints: Kildare Town Walking Tour and Heritage Trail”
Guides: Mario Corrigan and James Durney (Council Members)
Meet at the Kildare Town Heritage Centre.
No Charge.

Saturday 18th October, 2.00pm
“The Fall and Restoration of the House of Kildare in the 16th Century”
Speaker: Professor Marian Lyons
Venue: Pugin Hall, St Patrick’s College (South Campus), NUI Maynooth.
For any queries please contact Honorary Secretary Bernadette Doyle.
No Charge.

Saturday 15th November, 3.00pm
Annual General Meeting
Venue: Maudlins House Hotel, Naas.
No charge, Members only.

(Please note that when there is a charge for an outing, it reflects the overall cost
to the Society for that outing and not only any refreshments provided)

COUNCIL MEETINGS
for Officers and Council Members
3.00pm at Naas Branch Library, by kind permission of
Kildare County Council
22nd February • 5th April • 7th June • 6th September • 1st November