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.

This excursion is now fully booked.

Spring Excursion: Townley Hall and Knowth

We are now taking bookings for our Spring Excursion to Townley Hall, Co. Louth  and Knowth, Co. Meath.

The coach will depart from Society House at 9.30am. Upon our arrival at Townley Hall, we will be greeted with tea and coffee before embarking on a tour of the house. Townley Hall is a magnificent Georgian mansion built just over 200 years ago on a hilltop setting. Today it is surrounded by 60 acres of rolling parkland overlooking the Boyne Valley. The house is an architectural jewel. It is renowned for its exquisite interior, wonderful proportions, the quality of the materials and craftsmanship used in its construction and, in particular, its magnificent staircase.

After lunch, Dr Geraldine Stout will welcome us at Knowth – a Neolithic passage grave and an ancient monument of the World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne.

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

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



Excursion to Dowth Hall

The RSAI Members have received an invitation to visit the site of recent excavations and the house at Dowth Hall. The tour will be led by Clíodhna Ní Lionáin | Devenish Nutrition and her colleagues: John Gilliland and Helen Staunton.

Please note that the excavation tour requires walking over uneven ground and that entry to the house requires walking up steps.