Outing B: 19 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2

We will visit the recently restored private residence at 19 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2. No. 19 is located on the eastern side of Fitzwilliam Place, which runs between the junctions with Fitzwilliam Square and Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

We will meet at the entrance to the House at 11am and the cost is €10 per person.


Outing A: Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin 2

Built between 1866 and 1869, Freemasons’ Hall on Dublin’s Molesworth Street has been the headquarters of Irish Freemasonry for almost 150 years. The building contains the offices from which the Masonic Fraternity is administered, and also a number of elaborate meeting rooms, each one highly decorative in typical Victorian fashion.

We will meet at 17-19 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 at 11am and the cost is €10 per person.

Explorers’ Excursion: West Cork

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 West Cork. We will visit the Baronies of Bantry, Bear and Muskerry West, and the Mizen Head Peninsula. The expedition will also include a visit to Ormond Castle and a walking tour around the archaeological sites in the vicinity of the Kealkil Stone Circle.

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

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 €300 for members (€325 for guests) which covers: two nights’ bed and breakfast at The Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff, Co. Cork, one dinner, two lunches, all entrance fees, and other administration costs.

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



Autumn Excursion: Inistioge and Woodstock, Co. Kilkenny

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE FROM 14 to 28 September 2019.

We are now taking bookings for our Autumn Excursion, which will visit Woodstock Gardens and the nearby village of Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.

The coach will depart from Society House at 9.00am and go directly to Woodstock Gardens, Co. Kilkenny, where we will be met by Mr John Kirwan, Archivist and Historian. After a short coffee break, we will visit the restored gardens and view the ruined house. After lunch, we will depart for Inistioge, where we will visit a church and priory remains with cloister fragments and the mausoleum of Mary Tighe, the poet. 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.