The aim of the Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society is to promote and sustain an interest in our culture, heritage and history, particularly with regard to Kilmacud Stillorgan and the adjoining areas
Trip to Athy & Carlow 4 May ’19
Leaving Glenalbyn car park at 8.30am - Returning to Glenalbyn at 7pm.
Cost €35 includes coach, morning tea and scones, entry fees and guided tours of museum and houses.
Our first stop will be in Athy for coffee and scones followed by a visit to Athy Heritage Centre and Museum which is located in the early 18th century town hall. Through historical artefacts, graphic panels, photographs, and multilingual exhibits, the centre explores the history of Athy. The centre is also home to the only permanent exhibition anywhere devoted to Ernest Shackleton, the polar explorer.
We will stop for lunch at Reddy’s of Carlow where there will be choice of a carvery meal, snacks or soup and sandwiches available at your own expense.
Then we will visit Huntington Castle and Gardens in Clonegal. This 17th century castle is the ancient seat of the Esmonde family. The family name has changed twice due to inheritance down the female line and the present family name is Durdin Robertson, who are direct descendants of the Esmondes.
The castle’s basement is rather different from normal castles – it is a shrine to the Egyptian god Isis, celebrating the divine feminine. Intriguing!
Finally, we will have a short visit to Altamont Gardens, ‘an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens with riverside walks covering over 40 acres’. One of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland, it has many mature native trees in the avenues and woodland areas and a lake surrounded by rare trees and rhododendrons, leading to a very different garden featuring exotic shrubs and trees.
The fourteenth edition of the Society’s annual journal, Obelisk, was launched to another packed audience in the Function Room, Glenalbyn Sports Club, Stillorgan on Thursday, 28 November.
As always we pay a special thanks to our many contributors for their very enthusiastic response with material and without whose stories there would be no Obelisk. Over the years Obelisk has accumulated a rich trove of articles that help to give us a fuller picture of daily life and the streetscape of times past.
Click on image for the list of contents.
To obtain a copy please send €11 (Overseas €13 or currency equivalent), to cover purchase price (€7), postage and packing to :
Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society, ..
9 Marsham Court, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.