Old Drogheda Society
The Old Drogheda Society will hold an evening outing to Ardgillan Castle on Wednesday June 17th 2015.
Ardgillan Castle and Demesne is one Ireland’s hidden gems. Set in spectacular parklands overlooking the Irish Sea with a magnificent view of the Mourne Mountains. As well as the castle, the demesne features a walled and rose garden both of which present an orderly profusion of colour.
The name Ardgillan is derived from the Irish "Árd Choill" meaning "High Wood". Ardgillan is a large country house with castellated embellishments built by the Rev. Robert Taylor, who famously paid his employees in free lodgings and whiskey, in 1738. It stands on the elevated coastline commanding magnificent views of the Irish Sea. The house consists of two stories over basement, which extend under the south lawns. Robert Taylor was a grandson of the Thomas Taylor who worked with William Petty on the mid-17th century Down Survey of Ireland. The house remained in the Taylor family until 1962 when the estate was sold to Heinrich Potts of Westphalia. In 1982 the estate was sold to the County Council. The ground floor rooms and kitchen are open to the Public. Upstairs there is a permanent exhibition of the Down Survey colour maps and text and the Hutton Coachbuilders drawings and text.
Ardgillan does not normally cater for evening tours so this is a unique opportunity to visit this very interesting castle.
Cost including coach travel, guided tour, tea/coffee and sandwiches in the Whyte's of Stamullen is €15. This outing is also open to nonmembers of the Old Drogheda Society.
Bus departs Millmount at 6.30pm sharp and Bolton Square at 6.45pm sharp.
Advance booking is essential and bookings are now being taken in the Governor's House, Millmount. Phone 041-9833097 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Drogheda Museum Millmount
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