The Thomond Historical/Archaeological Society from Limerick made their annual field trip this year to County Kildare. Representing the National Federation of Local History Societies, Naas local historians Larry Breen and Brendan Cullen accompanied the visitors on a tour of the County. The days events included a guided tour of Johnstown Village with Kill Local historian Brian McCabe relating stories about the “Pickled Earl” , Richard Southwell Bourke, the Fenian leader John Devoy and 1798 leader Michael Reynolds, all who have strong connections with the area. A visit to Naas followed where the visitors stopped for lunch at the Canal Stores and learned about the history of the canal and the important part it played in the industrial life of the town. The group then visited Wolfe Tones grave at Bodenstown where Larry Breen talked about Tones life and the significance of his local connections. Former teacher at Clongowes Wood College and local historian Brendan Cullen led the group on a extensive tour of the castle, the college and the grounds. On the final leg of their trip the group visited Barberstown Castle, the K Club in Straffan and finally Killashee House.