Outing B: St Luke’s, The Coombe, Dublin 8 led by Mr Charles Duggan, DCC, and Mr Derek Tynan, DTA Architects

Outing B: St Luke’s, The Coombe, Dublin 8 led by Mr Charles Duggan, DCC, and Mr Derek Tynan, DTA Architects

Friday 16 October 2020: In November 2017, building contractors JJ Rhatigan completed a 13-month restoration and repurposing of a 17th century Huguenot Church on Newmarket Square, Dublin 8, into a three-storey modern office. The reconstruction works was carried out by DTA Architects in association with Carrig Conservation.

We will meet at 2.30 pm at Thomas Burgh House, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8.

Cost: €10

Please note: the charge for outings is non-refundable.


Outing B




Outing A: Walking tour of Rathmines, Dublin 6 led by Mr Mr Séamas Ó Maitiú

Outing A: Walking tour of Rathmines, Dublin 6 led by Mr Mr Séamas Ó Maitiú

Saturday 28 March 2020: Mr Mr Séamas Ó Maitiú, historian, will take us on a tour of Rathmines, introducing some hidden treasures of the area.

We will meet at 11 am outside Church of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners, Lower Rathmines Rd, Dublin 6.


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Explorers’ Excursion to North/East Down — Ards Peninsula led by Prof. Jim McAdam

Explorers’ Excursion to East Down and the Ards Peninsula
with Prof Jim McAdam, RSAI Vice President for Ulster

3-5 July 2020

This year we are pleased to invite members who are interested in an active and outdoor excursion to take part in a three-day, two-night trip to a relatively unexplored part of Ulster: East Down and the Ards Peninsula around the shores of Strangford Lough and the Irish Sea.

This excursion is for independently-minded members as own transport (or carpooling with other members) is required throughout.

The current schedule for the three-day (two-night) excursion is as follows:

Day 1: We will meet in the small coastal village of Dundrum, just north of Newcastle Co Down, for lunch at 1pm. We will then visit Dundrum Castle, built by the Norman, John de Courcy after his invasion of Ulster in 1177. Following lunch, onwards to a fine example of a stone circle site at Ballynoe and some of the many St Patrick-related sites in the area. Members will continue to the picturesque village of Strangford to take their cars on the short ferry crossing across the Narrows of Strangford Lough to our destination at Portaferry, where we have been booked into the Portaferry Hotel and the nearby Barholm Hostel and The Narrows Guesthouse.

Day 2: The group will travel to a range of fascinating archaeological sites on the Ards Peninsula. These may include: the Late Neolithic cairn at Millin Bay on the Irish Sea coast; the motte and bailey and medieval church at Ardkeen; a fully restored grain windmill, typical of the agricultural heritage of the area; the Cistercian Abbey at Greyabbey (built by the wife of John de Courcy); the National Trust house and gardens at Mountstewart. We will return to the Portaferry Hotel for dinner.

Day 3: The final leg of the journey will take us around the shores of Strangford Lough to the early Monastic settlement at Nendrum via the Market Cross and Dominican Priory at Newtownards. Members can eat locally on the western shore of Strangford Lough and/or depart for Dublin at their leisure. If you are considering a longer stay in the area there is more to see and do and we will be happy to advise you.

As always, excursion programmes are subject to change due to weather and other circumstances. As this excursion will primarily take place outdoors please ensure that you have appropriate waterproof clothing and that you are prepared for walking.

Accommodation:

You are kindly requested to book your own accommodation directly with the hotels.

Additional charge of €200 payable to the RSAI to cover the cost of: 1 dinner, 2 lunches, all entrance fees, gifts for speakers and guides and other administration costs.

We have reserved rooms in the following venues for the RSAI members:

The Portaferry Hotel
Address: 10 The Strand, Portaferry, Newtownards BT22 1PE, United Kingdom
Email: info@portaferryhotel.com
Phone: +44 28 4272 8231

The Portaferry Hotel offers 15 rooms ranging in price from £280 to 340 for total stay (single, twin, double and family rooms) – a reduction of £20 per room will be offered on any single occupancy rooms.

Barholm Hostel
Address: 11 The Strand, Portaferry, Newtownards BT22 1PF, United Kingdom
Email: info@barholmportaferry.co.uk
Phone: +44 28 4272 9967

Barholm has 8 en-suite rooms available ranging in price from £45 to £75 per night.

The Narrows Guesthouse
Address: 8 Shore Rd, Portaferry, Newtownards BT22 1JY, United Kingdom
Email: info@barholmportaferry.co.uk
Phone: +44 28 4272 9967

The Narrows has 6 ensuite rooms available from £50 to £74 per night.

Barholm and Narrows Guesthouses are located within a minute walk from Portaferry Hotel.

Please make your booking directly with the hotels before informing the RSAI office of your booking.

Please note: the charge for excursions is non-refundable.


Explorers’ Excursion 2020




Autumn Excursion to Tullynally Castle and Fore Abbey, Co. Westmeath

We are now taking bookings for our Autumn Excursion, which will visit Tullynally Castle and the nearby Fore Abbey in County Westmeath.

The coach will depart from Society House at 9.30am sharp and go directly to Tullynally Castle, where we will stop for a short tea/coffee break. Afterwards, we will embark on a castle tour of the grand rooms and the Victorian servants’ quarters. The tour will include a meeting with a member of the Pakenham family who still reside in the castle.

Lunch will hosted in the Castle’s Tearooms. Following that, we will depart for a site visit to Fore Abbey. Our coach will return to Merrion Square by approx. 6pm.

The cost of the excursion is €60 for members and €65 for guests to include cost of coach, tours and lunch.

Please note: the charge for excursion is non-refundable.

 

 


Autumn Excursion 2020




Spring Excursion to Monksgrange House and Ferns, Co. Wexford

We are now taking bookings for our Spring Excursion to Monksgrange House and Ferns in Co. Wexford.

The coach will depart from Society House at 9.00am sharp. Upon our arrival in Ferns, we will have a short tea/coffee break before embarking on a tour of the historic townled by Mr Con Manning.

Following that, we will depart for Monksgrange House for a light lunch. Mr Jeremy Hill, Goddard Orpen’s grandson, will welcome us afterwards for a tour of the House and Monksgrange Archives. The Archives, in the ownership and care of the Edwards Richards-Orpen Memorial Trust, holds a large collection of personal and Estate papers, photographic images and collectables of the Richards and Orpen families of Counties Wexford and Kerry.

The cost the of excursion is €65 for members and €70 for guests to include cost of coach, tours and lunch.

Please note: the charge for excursion is non-refundable.

 


Spring Excursion 2020



Talks 2020

Lectures and talks take place at 7.30pm in the Helen Roe Theatre, which is in the basement of Society House, 63 Merrion Square, unless otherwise indicated. All are welcome to attend.

3 February 2020
The nineteenth-century suburbs of Monkstown and Glasthule; the impact of estate management on their design and formation
Dr Laura Johnstone, UCD

2 March 2020
Embodying the past: commemorating history through the arts
Dr Kelly Fitzgerald (RSAI), Ms Valerie Connor (Curator), Ms Louise Lowe (ANU Productions), Dr Brenda Malone (NMI)

6 April 2020
Crafting connections: domestic building in Dublin in the eighteenth century
Dr Melanie Hayes, Irish Research Council Laureate Project Fellow, CRAFTVALUE

11 May 2020
Grandeur and Decline: Henrietta Street and the making of Dublin’s Tenements 1800-1900
Dr Timothy Murtagh, TCD

7 September 2020
Panel discussion on National Monument Acts
with Ms Maeve Sikora (NMI), Mr Michael McDonagh (Chief Archaeologist, NMS), Mr Sean Kirwan (NMS), Ms Philippa Barry (Archaeologist, RSAI Joint Honorary General Secretary)

5 October 2020
From molecules to monuments: seeking the passage tomb people
Dr Jessica Smyth, UCD

2 November 2020
The lost Church of St Peter and the “Duiblinn”
Mr Paul Duffy, IAC Archaeology

Lectures 2020

Lectures and talks take place at 7.30pm in the Helen Roe Theatre, which is in the basement of Society House, 63 Merrion Square, unless otherwise indicated. All are welcome to attend.

 

23 January 2020
Rags, riches and recycling: material and visual culture of the Dublin Society 1731-1781
Dr Claudia Kinmonth, RIA

20 February 2020
Archaeological excavations at South Main Street, Cork: Hiberno-Norse to Beamish brewery
Dr Maurice F. Hurley, Archaeologist

26 March 2020
The annual Próinséas Ní Chatháin Lecture
Cnuasaigh de laoithe fiannaíochta i lámhscríbhinní iarchlasaiceacha na Gaeilge
Dr Síle Ní Mhurchú, UCC

23 April 2020
Saluting Ireland’s Antarctic explorers
Mr Michael Smith. author, polar historian & journalist

21 May 2020  Annual Helen Roe Lecture
Early Irish sculpture and the art of the high crosses
Prof. Roger Stalley, Fellow Emeritus, TCD

24 September 2020
Remembering Henry Joy
Prof. Jim Smyth, University of Notre Dame

22 October 2020 Annual Frank Mitchell Lecture
Forty years on: ‘The Irish Landscape’ revisited
Dr John Feehan, UCD

26 November 2020
Social life in Pre-Reformation Dublin, 1450–1540
Dr Peadar Slattery, Historian, RSAI Member

10 December 2020
Investigating ancient foodways through environmental archaeology
Dr Meriel McClatchie, UCD