Thursday 15 November 2018: We will visit the Little Museum of Dublin for a guided tour for RSAI Members. We will meet at the steps of 15 St. Stephen’s Green at 11am and the cost is €10 per person.
Saturday 20 October 2018: Following his successful lecture at the RSAI last year, Prof. Aidan O’Sullivan will welcome the RSAI Members to the UCD School of Archaeology.
We will meet at the main door of the UCD Sutherland School of Law, at the south end of the UCD campus at 11am and the cost is €10 per person.
Autumn Excursion to – Jerpoint Newtown and Jerpoint Abbey, Co. Kilkenny led by Con Manning
We are now taking bookings for our Autumn Excursion, which will visit Jerpoint Newton and Jerpoint Abbey, Co. Kilkenny.
The coach will depart from Society House at 9.00am and go directly to Tullaherin, Co. Kilkenny, a national monument with a round tower and a pre-Norman church. After a short coffee break, we will embark on the tour of Newtown Jerpoint. A late lunch will follow. We will then visit Jerpoint 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.
9.00am: Depart from Society House. 6:00pm Approximate return time.
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Friday 23 February 2018: We will visit 18 Ormond Quay Upper – a handsome example of a Liffey-side merchant house embedded with layers of history dating from the 17th century to the 20th century, and now a flagship building conservation project in the heart of Dublin’s historic centre. This outing will be led by Graham Hickey, Dublin Civic Office.
We will meet at 18 Ormond Quay at 11am and the cost is €10 per person.
Please note: the charge for outings is non-refundable.
Explorers’ Excursion to the Iveragh Peninsula
29 June–1 July 2018
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 the Iveragh Peninsula. The expedition will include a visit to Desmond Hall and a walking tour around the archaeological sites of the Iveragh Peninsula, Co. Kerry. 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 Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, for lunch at 1pm. We will then visit the Desmond Banqueting Hall – an imposing two-storey structure that was used by the Earls of Desmond for banqueting and entertainment. The group will then travel on to Valentia Island, where we will check into our hotel for the evening. You may visit two heritage centres and Ballycarbery Castle on the south-west part of the island.
Day 2: The group will be taken on a day-long walking tour of sites of archaeological interest around the Iveragh Peninsula guided by Tracy Collins and Frank Coyne of Aegis Archaeology. A packed lunch will be provided. That evening, the group will convene for dinner in the hotel.
Day 3: The group will leave the hotel and make their way to Cahergal and Leacanabuaile near Cahersiveeen, before embarking on a return journey to Dublin at our leisure.
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 on rough terrain. The cost of the excursion is €295 for members (€325 for guests) which covers: 2 nights’ bed and breakfast at The Royal Hotel Valentia, Knightstown, Co. Kerry, 1 dinner, 2 lunches, all entrance fees, and other administration costs.
Please note: the charge for excursions is non-refundable.
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Spring Excursion to Moyglare House and Larchill Arcadian Garden, Co. Kildare
We are now taking bookings for our Spring Excursion to Moyglare House, a magnificent mid-eighteenth century house situated north of Moyglare village on the borders of Counties Meath and Kildare, and to Larchill Arcadian Garden at Kilcock, Co. Kildare.
The coach will depart from Society House at 9.30am. Upon our arrival at Moyglare House we will be greeted with tea and coffee before embarking on the house tour with Dr Angela Alexander, the foremost academic on Dublin cabinetmakers from the Irish Regency period. After lunch, we will visit Larchill, the only surviving eighteenth-century Ferme Ornée, or Ornamental Farm, in Europe.
The cost the of excursion is €60 for members and €65 for guests to include cost of coach, tours and lunch.
Please note that this excursion will involve two extensive walks: around Larchill Gardens (approx.1 hour) and to and from Moyglare House (approx. 20 minutes each way).
Please note: the charge for the excursion is non-refundable.
9.30am: Depart from Society House
6.00pm: Approximate return time
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10 January 2018, 1pm, Crawford At Gallery, Cork.
George Victor du Noyer as depicted in the Collections of the RSAI
Ms Aideen Ireland, RSAI Council member and past President
Lecture organised in conjunction with the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society.
Ms Ireland will speak on the Society’s collection of George Du Noyer drawings which form part of the exhibition Stones, Slabs and Seascapes: George Victor du Noyer’s Images of Ireland (until 24 February). Following the lecture, Peter Murray, the exhibition’s curator, will lead a tour of the exhibition at 3pm.
Members wishing to attend the lecture may take the 9am train to Cork, which should allow enough time to view the exhibition. They may take the return train at 4.20pm.
The exhibition, featuring over 150 watercolours and drawings, celebrates Du Noyer’s extraordinary achievements and commemorate the bi-centenary of his birth. Opening to the public on 17 November, the exhibition is curated by Peter Murray, former Director of the Crawford Art Gallery, in collaboration with Petra Coffey, RSAI Member, and Geological Survey Ireland. Stones, Slabs and Seascapes will feature loans from the collections of the Royal Irish Academy, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, National Museum of Ireland, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Geological Survey Ireland and National Archives. All welcome!
The exhibition continues until 24 February 2018.
Curated by Peter Murray
Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork
T: +353 (0)21 480 5042
We are now taking bookings for our Autumn Excursion to Monaghan County Museum and the privately-owned Bellamont House in Cootehill.
The coach will depart from Society House at 9.00am. Upon arrival in Monaghan town, we will have a short coffee break. We will then visit the Monaghan County Museum to view its extensive collection, covering the history of the county from the end of the last Ice Age over 10,000 years ago all the way to modern day. Following lunch in Clones, we will have a rare opportunity to visit the privately-owned Bellamont House – often described as the greatest Palladian villa ever built in Ireland.
The cost the of excursion is €45 for members and €50 for guests to include cost of coach, tours and lunch.
THE AUTUMN EXCURSION IS FULLY BOOKED.
This Winter Outing will be a great occasion to follow up on the 2016 talk by Dr Ellen Rowley. Mr Charles Duggan will show us how the plans for the conservation, repair and reuse of 14 Henrietta Street as a museum have been implemented.