Old Drogheda Society
Sunday August 16th 2015
St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth
Taking in Silken Thomas’s Tree, Stoyte House, St. Joseph’s Square,
St. Patrick’s Cloister, College Chapel & Pugin Hall
Castletown House is the most celebrated and magnificent Palladian style mansion in Ireland. The House was built in the 1720’s by William Connolly who was later to become an important political figure in early 18th century Ireland. His architectural legacy, Castletown, was re-invigorated in the mid to late 18th century by his grand nephew Tom and his wife Lady Louisa Lennox. The extraordinary scale, decoration, plasterwork and collections at Castletown as presented today, continue to bring to life this unique period in Ireland's history.
Set in the Liffey Valley, this beautiful and historic town, which has played such an important part in Ireland’s history, still retains its village feel with everything centred around the original main street. Steeped in history, many of the important people who helped shape Ireland have strong connections to Celbridge, from William “Speaker” Connolly to Arthur Guinness and from Henry Grattan to Dean Jonathan Swift, to mention but a few.
Celbridge Abbey, the original Abbey was built by Bartholomew Van Homrigh, a Dutch supporter of King William of Orange. Van Homrigh served as Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1697 and secured from King William the great chain of office still worn today by the Lord Mayor of Dublin.
Cost €30.00 per person
Cost includes coach transport, admission and guided tours of Maynooth, Castletown House & Celbridge. (If bad weather, this tour will be on the coach)
Coffee/snack facilities are available in Castletown House at own expense.
On the return journey there will be a stop at the Carnegie Court in Swords to avail of the Harp Bar carvery at own expense.
Bus Departs Bolton Square: 09.45 am. Sharp
Bus Departs Millmount: 10.00 am. Sharp
Advance booking, which is now open at Millmount, tel: 041 9833097, is essential and the operation of this tour is subject to a minimum number of bookings.
Drogheda Museum Millmount,
History, Archaeology & Heritage,
Co. Louth, Ireland,
Drogheda Cultural Services Group, Drogheda Local Voices, Drogheda Millmount Museum, Old Drogheda Society, Pic of the Day,