This year, the Ireland Branch summer outing moves to a later date: 20th August 2016. We’re publishing the details early to help us plan our diaries.
The day will kick off as usual on Kildare St and each location has links to each other. From the street which once housed the Dukes of Leinster, we’ll head to Castletown House in Kildare, once the home of the Connolly family. We’ll have our morning coffee there before a tour of the house. Louisa Connolly, was the aunt of Lord Edward FitzGerald, who links us to our second location of the day, Ballinamuck Heritage Centre, formerly an RIC barracks and now commemorates the final battle of the 1798 rebellion.
Lunch will be taken at the Longford Arms and then we’ll go on to our final destination of the day, Tullynally Castle. Formerly known as Pakenham Hall, the home of Thomas Pakenham (author of The Year of Liberty, about 1798!), the Earl of Longford, is not open to the public. We’ve been able to arrange a special guided tour of the house for our party, which also contains an immense archive.
Full details of the timetable and how to book are here.