The Office of the RSAI will be closed on Wednesday 12th February, due to unforeseen circumstances.
26 April, Spring Excursion
Spring Excursion to Athlone Castle and the monastic site at Clonmacnoise
We are now taking bookings for our Spring Excursion to Athlone Castle and Clonmacnoise. The coach will depart from Society House at 9.30 am on Saturday 26 April and go directly to Athlone where we will have an opportunity to visit the recently re-opened Athlone Castle, and visit the new galleries tracing the history of the Castle from its foundation in the thirteenth century. We will then have lunch in Athlone before saying farewell to our coach and taking a boat trip down the Shannon to the monastic site of Clonmacnoise! Arriving by boat will allow us to appreciate the site from a new perspective and we will follow this with a guided tour of the site and details of various excavations in the area. We will leave Clonmacnoise, by coach, which will then return to Merrion Square by approx. 7pm.
Cost of excursion is €45 for members and €50 for guests to include cost of coach, tours and lunch
9.30am: Depart from Society House
7.30pm: Approximate return time
*This Excursion is fully subscribed. Please contact Society House if you wish to be placed on the waiting list.
18-21 June, Summer Excursion
The Isle of Man
Following in the footsteps of our antiquarian forefathers the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland are taking an excursion to the Isle of Man this summer. This excursion, which will take place under the expert guidance of Dr. Stephen Harrison will include visits to prehistoric, medieval, and post-medieval sites, but will of course have a distinctly Viking flavour! Site visits include Castle Rushen, Peel Castle, Rushen Abbey and Tynwald Hill as well as King Orry’s Grave, Kirk Michael, Kirk Andreas and the Laxey Wheel. There will also be a visit to the Manx Museum. We will be staying in the picturesque town of Douglas and a coach will provide transport to all sites outside Douglas.Aer Lingus fly to the Isle of Man on 18th June at 8.55am. As always book early for best offers. Return flight is at 10.05am on 21st June.
The tour will start from our hotel (Best Western, Douglas) on Wednesday 18th June at 1.15pm. We have reserved Bed and breakfast accommodation in this hotel for the nights of the 18th-20th June (inc.). The cost of the bed and breakfast accommodation and coach to include entrance fees to various sites, lunches, gifts, donations and other admin costs will be €470 per person and €520 for guests.
As always the Excursion is dependent on a sufficient level of interest from Members so please book early to ensure that the Excursion can go ahead.
* number of single rooms is limited so please let us know whether you are willing to share a room
4-6 July, Explorer’s Excursion
This year, for the first time, the RSAI is pleased to announce that it is organising a trip for those who have expressed an interest in taking part in an active and outdoor excursion. Our planned expedition to North Mayo will offer members a unique opportunity to experience the unique archaeological and historic landscape of the Mullet peninsula. It will include hill walks, rambles and a full-day boat trip to the Iniskea Islands (weather permitting of course!). This excursion will follow in the footsteps of our Society who last visited the area, from a hired steamship in 1906. It has been developed bearing in mind our long-established commitment to the archaeology of Mayo through the ‘Bevir fund’ and will be co-ordinated by Brian Dornan (Hon. Treasurer) who, amongst others, has been a Bevir Fund recipient for his work in the area.
This excursion is for independently-minded members as the group will meet in Mayo on Day One, so own transport is required throughout.
While it is a work in progress, the current schedule for the three day (two night) excursion is as follows:
Day 1: Meet at the Céide Fields Interpretive Centre at one o’clock. We will then have a tour of the Centre and the Céide fields themselves. The group will then travel to Belderrig prehistoric farm where they will be introduced to the site and have an opportunity to walk the area.
Next, on to the hotel in Belmullet where they will check-in and meet for a welcome and introductory talk.
Day 2: Weather permitting, the group will travel to Blacksod Harbour from where they will board a boat for the one hour voyage to the south island of Inishkea. The day will be spent walking the island and visiting its many sites of archaeological interest (including Bronze Age landscape, Early Christian sites and eighteenth-twentieth century settlement) under the guidance of Brian Dornan (author of Mayo’s Lost Islands: the Inishkeas). A picnic lunch will be provided.
After returning to the mainland, the group will convene for dinner in the hotel.
However, if the weather does not allow us to visit the island an alternative schedule will be provided around the Mullet to include Binghamstown/Saleen Harbour, Fall Mór (church, holy well, graveyard etc.), Ionad Dhearbhaile Interpretative Centre and Nakill (a place of townland clearance in November1847 and re-settlement in 1930’s).
Day 3: The group will meet at Downpatrick Head where they will explore on foot the many sites and monuments of interest in the area including a promontory fort, ring barrows, blow hole, 1798 drownings, World War II watchtower, sea cliffs, etc.
The excursion will officially end at this point but members are welcome to return to Dublin via the many nearby sites of interest in Killala and Ballina (Rosserk Abbey, Moyne Abbey, Rathfran Abbey and Killala Round Tower and perhaps the newly established ‘Jackie Clarke collection in Ballina. Maps and information sheets will be provided for all sites.
The cost of the Excursion is €250 for members (€300 for guests) which covers: 2 night Bed and Breakfast, 1 Dinner, 1 packed lunch, Boat hire, entrances, gifts and other admin. costs.
13 September, Autumn excursion
Ahenny High Crosses and Knockroe Neolithic site
As part of the annual programme of events the Society runs a number of half-day outings. To book a place on an outing please contact the office at email@example.com or 01-6761749.
The outings for 2014 are as follows:
Saturday 25 January: Tour of Pearse Museum, grounds and follies and an opportunity to visit the current exhibition of the RSAI’s ‘Darkest Dublin’ photographic collection. Facilitated by Brian Crowley, Manager, Pearse Museum. Meet at Pearse Museum, St. Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 at 12 pm.
Wednesday 12 March: Treasures of the Royal Dublin Society. Led by John Holohan. Meet at RDS Member’s Club, (beside Concert Hall entrance), Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 at 6 pm.
Thursday 16th October: A guided tour of the Houses of the Oireachtas and surrounding buildings. Co-ordinated by Liz Allman, Council Member. Meet at Society House, 63 Merrion Square at 6 pm.
Please note: the cost of outings is €10 per person per outing. This charge is non refundable
The RSAI runs an annual programme of Monday talks. Talks are held in the Helen Roe theatre at 7.30pm on the given date. Both Members and guests are very welcome.
3 February 2014
Merchants, builders and princely mansions: Dublin’s nineteenth-century expansion
Dr Susan Galavan, Trinity College Dublin
10 March 2014
Landscape and Kingship in early medieval Ireland: Cashel and the origins of Munster
Mr Patrick Gleeson, University College Cork
7 April 2014
Out of hell and out of Connacht: James Hack Tute and assisted emigration from the West of Ireland in the 1880′s
Dr Gerard Moran, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
12 May 2014
Clearing hovels and building homes: An architectural history of Dublin housing, 1930-1960
Dr Ellen Rowley, Trinity College Dublin
8 September 2014
Mapping the movement of people in early medieval Ireland: Evidence from burials
Dr Elizabeth O’Brien, Principal Researcher, Mapping Death Project, Member
6 October 2014
New light on an island world – the Iniskea islands
Dr Brian Dornan, Member
3 November 2014
Burials, Battle wounds, earth and stone: the discovery and excavation of new early Christian church archaeology in Dublin and Wicklow
Mr Edmond O’Donovan, O’Donovan and Associates, Member
The RSAI runs an annual programme of Thursday lectures. Lectures are held in the Helen Roe theatre at 7.30pm on the given date. Both Members and guests are very welcome.
23 January 2014 – Annual General Meeting Ireland’s Trade with Bristol in the Sixteenth Century: The evidence from the Customs Accounts Dr. Susan Flavin, Trinity College Dublin
27 February 2014 Before Newgrange: The evolution of Passage Tomb design and ceremony in Ireland Dr. Robert Hensey
27 March 2014 Scholarship, Culture and Nationalism from the famine to 1916 Prof. Kevin Whelan, University of Notre Dame, O’Connell House
24 April 2014 Between the tides, Good Friday, 1014, and the Dublin Kingdom Prof Poul Holm, Trinity College Dublin
29 May 2014 – Helen Roe Memorial Lecture 80 years of the Book of Kells Dr. Bernard Meehan, Trinity Collage Dublin
June 2014 TO BE ANNOUNCED (during Summer Excursion)
25 September 2014 More Thames than Tiber – where nineteenth-Century Irish sculptors were considered ‘the best men of the art’ Dr. Paula Murphy, University College Dublin
23 October 2014 – Frank Mitchell Memorial Lecture Irish native woodlands: from a chequered past to an uncertain future Prof Daniel Kelly, Trinity College Dublin
27 November 2014 From the battle of Mons to Gallipolo – The Irish soldier at war in the first nine months of World War I Mr Lar Joyr, National Museum of Ireland
11 December 2014 – Statutory Meeting Rethinking Crannogs: The Drumclay factor Dr Nora Bermingham, TVAS Ireland Ltd.