Activity

Traditional hurley making workshop

Hurling is one of Ireland’s native Gaelic games and has been a past time here for at least 3000 years. It has been an integral part of Irish culture and legend throughout the millennia.

It is played using a hurley and a small ball called a sliotar. In this workshop you will witness a hurley being made by hand as the entire process is explained to you by our wonderful expert craftsman and player.

 

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Seldom Traveled Always Beautiful

The Slieve Bloom Mountains is where we are met by our mountain guide. Walking boots/comfortable shoes are required for our ‘Walk and Talk’ across the mountains for approximately 2 hours.

A well-earned lunch in a period house is our next stop and enough time to take in the ambiance and beautiful grounds of this fabulous property.

A choice of our “Experiences” will be held here.

Next let us show you one of the few remaining workhouses in Ireland, where people were brought and “cared for” during and after the famine years in the 19th century. You will experience very mixed emotions, both fabulous and very eerie when you witness rooms where they were brought, ate and floors they slept on after walking “the pathway of the dead” then separated from their partners and children. The lucky ones who made it to the door of the workhouse.

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Rebels & Ancestors

The site of the first shots of the 1916 Rising is out first stop. Here we find out what happened under direct orders from Padraig Pearse Easter week.

We then move on and briefly stop at The First 1916 Remembrance Garden.

Next, we stop at a holy well where we will hear the story of St. Fintan and the one- eyed trout. It is customary to take a pebble from this well to guard your house from fire or water.

There is a small chapel and graveyard here where it is thought St. Fintan lived sometime in the 6th century.

An early 19th century Church of Ireland church and graveyard is our next stop on our journey and we have a chat with some of the locals and hear the stories.

Lunch in a restored 19th century school house followed by your choice of our “Experiences”.

A man who fought against the ‘Tithes’ (taxes) for tenant farmers, his son, a man who greatly influenced one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising and his younger brother who played a huge part in the minor’s revolt in the only armed rebellion in Australian history.

An old 18th century school and graveyard including the graves of members of the above family is just a short distance away.

We pop next door to see the recently renovated Catholic church while taking in the mass pit across the road.

 

Activity

Set Dancing

Set Dancing is a popular form of folk dancing in Ireland.  It goes back over 100 years to the days of house dances where neighbours met and danced.  Since the 1980s it is going through a revival.  Set dancing is good exercise and great fun.  In our workshop, lasting about an hour, our expert will demonstrate and teach you a dance.  We guarantee a very enjoyable experience.

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Ireland’s Ancient East – Tour 2

Our first stop is an 18th century neo-classical home. It took two architects and three Earls to oversee the completion of this amazing building. We will have a guided tour and weather permitting a stroll around some of the vast gardens that they designed nearly 200 years ago.

Next, we visit a town that was once a very prosperous Quaker town, where some of the residents included the Bewleys, famous for their cafes and their teas, coffees, and silks; and Pims, famous for importing tobacco and snuff, and for their breweries. A guided tour of the museum which includes a demonstration of the world-famous 'white on white' lace or embroidery. This is followed by lunch in a fabulously quaint Irish café.

We move onto the seat of the Kings of Leinster, a fortress was first mentioned by an ancient Greek cartographer in 120AD as a Dún or Fort. From the top we can view the fabulous Irish countryside and can see numerous counties. Today the ruins that can be explored are Anglo Norman, dating to the 12th and 13th centuries, and were part of the dowry when the King of Leinster’s daughter married an Anglo-Norman Lord. Legends and folklore surround this fortification.

Finally we travel to a small village, founded in the 7th century around the monastery dedicated to Saint Mochua who had lived here as a hermit. We will discover a wonderful 12th century round tower, one of the finest in the country standing almost 30m (90ft) high. The amazing ruins tell the tale of how the medieval abbey was converted to a tower house and then returned to christian use as a parish church. See if you can follow the story through its many twists and turns.

Full Day tour: 10:00am – 4:30pm

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Ireland’s Ancient East – Tour 1

The oldest planned estate town in Ireland is the first stop on our heritage tour; the very elegant and picturesque town of the Viscounts de Vesci. We will explore the stories of the town in a 19th century school which is now a heritage center including the towns link to the Titanic, the infamous White Star Liner that sank on it’s maiden voyage.

A demonstration of Irish music or dance can be seen here  subject to availability.

A short trip and we arrive at a small village, founded in the 7th century around the monastery dedicated to Saint Mochua who had lived here as a hermit. We will discover a wonderful 12th century round tower, one of the finest in the country standing almost 30m (90ft) high. The amazing ruins tell the tale of how the medieval abbey was converted to a tower house and then returned to christian use as a parish church. See if you can follow the story through its many twists and turns.

We then travel to one of Ireland’s oldest traditional thatched pubs for lunch.

Our final destination was the seat of the Kings of Leinster, a fortress was first mentioned by an ancient Greek cartographer in 120AD as a Dún or Fort. From the top we can view the fabulous Irish countryside and can see numerous counties. Today the ruins that can be explored are Anglo Norman, dating to the 12th and 13th centuries, and were part of the dowry when the King of Leinster’s daughter married an Anglo-Norman Lord. Legends and folklore surround this fortification.

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Paupers, Priests & Princes

Let us show you one of the few remaining workhouses in Ireland, where people were brought and 'cared for' during and after the famine years of the 19th century. You will experience very mixed emotions, both fabulous and very eerie when you witness rooms where they were brought, ate and floors they slept on after walking 'the pathway of the dead' then separated from their partners and children. These were actually the lucky ones who had made it to the door of the workhouse.

We move along to what was once one of the largest ecclesiastical centers in Europe. A center of learning, commerce and agriculture. Built almost 1500 years ago. Attacked by the vikings, destroyed by fire and rebuilt in the 14th century before finally being closed during the Reformation by King Henry VIII.

Depending on the weather we may have a picnic here or travel for lunch in a local café.

Next, we visit a stronghold of the Fitzpatrick or Mac Giolla Phádraig Clan. This 5 storey, 15th century castle with a Sile na Gig, a pagan symbol of fertility, carved into one of the walls. Walking up the mountain across an organic sheep farm we hear some of the folklore of the area and the stories about Fionn Mac Cumhaill. Spectacular views from the top of the mountain and the ring fort.

Full Day tour: 10:00am – 4:30pm

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Genealogy Tour

Whether you have already researched your ancestry or not, we can help you. We can help with or do your family tree. And when you get here where possible we can take you places your family may have lived, went to school, worked or socialised. We can turn paperwork into a real and living story, making your visit very worthwhile and enjoyable.

Many tissues needed for this experience.

The duration of this tour is dependent on the information we can find about your family