Clare Archaeological and Historical Society Programme 2012

Sunday, 13 May

Portumna Castle and the Irish Workhouse Centre – The society will receive a guided tour of Portumna Castle, a semi-fortified house built in the early 17th century and the main seat of the de Burgo family, Earls of Clanricarde, for over 200 years. The Irish Workhouse Centre is located in the former Portumna Workhouse where we will receive a guided tour through the original waiting room, the girls’ classroom, the matron’s quarters, the nursery, the women’s dormitories and the laundry. Admission charges: 1 euro 30 cent to Portumna Castle; 5 euro, Irish Workhouse Centre ( a concession will apply at the latter, amount depending on group size). Meet outside Portumna Castle at 1pm.

Wednesday, 6 June

Inchicronan Augustian Abbey – The Augustinian foundation at Inchicronan dates to 1189 but the building incorporates an earlier church which had previously stood on the site. Later used by friars and functioning as a parish church Inchicronan contains many interesting architectural features and has been the burial place of the Butlers of Ballyline as well as other local families for many centuries. Gerry Kennedy of Crusheen will be our guide on the day. Meet at the school in Crusheen at 7pm.

Sunday, 10 June

Graveyards of south-east Galway: their funerary and ecclesiastical heritage – A visit to some graveyards of south-east Galway with Christy Cunniffe, focussing on the religious and secular symbolism of their tombstones and vaults as well as encompassing features of archaeological and architectural interest in the graveyards. Meet outside Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort, Co. Galway at 1pm.

Sunday, 15 July

Burren Ringforts – Archaeologist Graham Hull will lead this trip to three impressive enclosures in the Burren. Caherconnell is currently the focus of annual excavations which have revealed the extent of use of the site, numerous artefacts, and animal and human remains. An Cathair Mhor and An Rath are two impressive enclosures of stone and earth respectively, An Cathair Mhor has a restored entrance and stone rooms and may have been used into the middle ages, while An Rath is unexcavated and therefore undated, but appears not to be typical of most Burren cashels and ringforts. Admission to Caherconnell fort 5 euro (this includes group concession). Meet at the carpark at Caherconnell at 1pm.

Sunday, 19 August (Heritage Week Event)

Kilraghtis Church and graveyard: This outing will look at the remains of the 15th century church of Kilraghtis, its history and architectural remains, as well as a trip around the graveyard looking at monuments of local families some of which date back over 300 years. The society will also be launching their booklet which contains a background to the parish and full transcriptions of the burial monuments contained within the graveyard and church. Meet at Kilraghtis graveyard at 2pm.

Appropriate footwear and clothing advised. Outings are free to both members and non-members apart from admission charges to certain venues which are indicated above.

Any queries contact Edel on 087-9165916 or email