Dublin Branch  Next Meeting

We have given careful consideration to choosing our August outing and have come up with a one-day ‘double header’. The first leg is a visit to The Old Glebe House and Garden, Main St., Newcastle, Co Dublin.

Old Glebe House Guided Tour & Garden Visit Wednesday 22th August, 11:00am.

300yrs Old Queen Ann Style Old Glebe House,

with 6 acres of mature Gardens & Lake,

Shrubs and flowers in significant abundance, original walled garden,

includes one of the oldest ‘yew’ trees in Ireland. Ruins of fifteen century ‘Tower House in Grounds’

Admission Free (During National Heritage Week) Booking Required

How to get there? The Arrow Line departing Heuston to Kildare has a stop at Hazelhatch with Newcastle and the Old Glebe House located a 10min. drive down the road. Too far and unsafe to walk, a small problem. Leaving Heuston at 10:20am would facilitate making the hour long  House Tour at 11:00am. Give 1.5hrs max for the garden viewing would take us up to 1:30pm, this leaves time to fit in ‘a second leg attraction’ reasonably local to Newcastle.

The Second Leg is a visit to Lyons Village, or The Cliff at Lyons as it is now called. Presently it is described as a privately owned luxury hotel occupying an unusual collection of historic-village-houses, a barracks, a forge and a mill. A popular location for weddings. The newer residential elements of the village is totally build in stone and in a style evoking of times long past. It is located adjacent to the Grand Canal in a beautiful rural setting no more than 10min from Newcastle and the Hazelhatch Rail Station. A stroll around the Village is a most enjoyable and relaxing experience. I firmly believe it is well worth a visit and the attached Canal Café provides a very adequate, not overpriced, lunch menu. Getting home, from Hazelhatch, 4:07 and 5:07 to Heuston, 5:00 to Connolly. Overcoming the small problem. Considering that there are three individual journeys to be undertaken.

I have secured a very reasonable quote from a local fourteen seat mini bus taxi service. Alternatively, there may be potential for car-pooling from Hazelhatch Station depending on how many intend driving. If you would like to attend, please confirm by text to 086 8703323 or email to Eamonn asap and before Saturday 18th to facilitate final arrangements. Members from other Branches are very welcome to attend. 

Eamonn Kerrigan.

Dublin Br. Sec.

Option: If the weather is disagreeable it is very possible to switch the second leg to Castletown House & Parklands, off Main St. Celbridge. Built c. 1722 it is the largest and most significant Palladian style country house in Ireland. Now owned and managed by the OPW it is a key tourist attraction and well worth a visit. Parkland admission is free –Guided House Group-tour (special rate) €5.00. The attached Courtyard Café also provides a very adequate lunch menu.

Eamonn Kerrigan

Dublin Br. Sec.




Branch Officers

Chairperson: Paddy Healy

Secretary:  Eamonn Kerrigan (eamonnkerrigan@gmail.com)

Treasurer: Brid Canavan

Area Representatives:  Eamonn Kerrigan, Joe Farrington,  Paddy Healy