Future trips planned for the society
Sunday 27 April 2014The society plans to visit The Botanics Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
The National Botanic Gardens are located in Glasnevin 5 km north-west of Dublin city centre, Ireland. The 19.5 hectares are situated between Prospect Cemetery and the River Tolka where it forms part of that river’s floodplain. The gardens were founded in 1795 by the Dublin Society (later the Royal Dublin Society) and they have grown to hold 20,000 living plants and many millions of dried plant specimens. There are several architecturally notable greenhouses. Today the Glasnevin site is the headquarters of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland which has a satellite garden at Kilmcurragh in county Wicklow. The botanic garden participates in national and international initiatives for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. The Director, Dr. Matthew Jebb, is also Chairman of PlantNetwork: The Plant Collections Network of Britain and Ireland. It is Ireland’s seventh most visited attraction, and the second most visited free attraction.
Sunday 25 May 2014
The society plans to visit Farmleigh House, Castleknock, Dublin 15
Farmleigh, an estate of 78 acres situated to the north-west of Dublin’s Phoenix Park, was purchased from the Guinness family by the Irish Government in 1999 for €29.2m. The house has been carefully refurbished by the Office of Public Works as the premier accommodation for visiting dignitaries and guests of the nation, for high level Government meetings, and for public enjoyment.
Originally a small Georgian house built in the late 18th century, Farmleigh was purchased by Edward Cecil Guinness (1847-1927) on his marriage to his cousin, Adelaide Guinness in 1873. A great-grandson of Arthur Guinness, founder of the eponymous brewery, Edward Cecil became the first Earl of Iveagh in 1919. The first major building programme was undertaken in 1881-84 to designs by Irish architect James Franklin Fuller (1832-1925), who extended the House to the west, refurbished the existing house, and added a third storey. In 1896 the Ballroom wing was added, designed by the Scottish architect William Young (1843-1900).
Sunday 29 June 2014
The society plans to visit The Battle of the Boyne Visitors Centre and re-enactment “living History”
Be transported back to the time of the Battle of the Boyne and learn all about the Baroque horses and the training of a Cavalry Trooper. Witness for yourself the skills of a well-trained Musketeer and hear about the regiments who fought here on the 1st July 1690. Visitors can witness the bloody scenes on the battle field and photographers can enjoy the variety of shots that can be achieved on the day, from Williams camp on the north side of the river to James on the south – excellent opportunity to explore the history where 1,500 soldiers were killed at the Boyne.
Sunday 27 July 2014The society plans to visit to Belveder House Gardens and Park, Mullingar Co. Westmeath
A fascinating Georgian estate open year round with a varied calendar of events. Belvedere House is a fully restored Georgian Villa situated in 160 acres of lakeside parkland, punctuated by numerous follies including the famous Jealous Wall.
The Victorian Walled Garden at Belvedere consists of a one and a half acre sloped garden with Thomas Messenger style glasshouse. The Garden is a feast for the senses with tumbling herbaceous borders, old rose garden, fragrant herb garden and vegetable potager. At the end of the Victorian Garden is a new area The Enchanted Glen a secret Faery Garden hidden away from prying eyes. Photographically there is plenty to see and loads of images to achieve from the Georgian stately house to the falconry.
A small cover charge will apply and will be confirmed with members nearer the date of the trip.