Please read Important Notes for ALL Excursions
The excursions can be booked by completing the Excursion section of the Registration Form on the Registration page.

The following excursions have been cancelled due to lack of numbers:

Pre-Conference Excursion to County Clare.
Post-Conference Excursions: Blarney/Ballincollig, Barryscourt/Midleton, Kinsale.

Participants who have already booked one of the above excursions will be contacted shortly by the Meeting Administrator.

Pre-Conference Excursions 5-7 September 2005


Excursion 1

Medieval Waterford, Kilkenny and Tipperary

This two-day excursion will concentrate on the rich Medieval remains of the region and will include visits to the Viking and Medieval city of Waterford, the medieval city of Kilkenny and the Rock of Cashel. The drive from Cork to Waterford passes through the historic town of Youghal and gives a taste of the beautiful east Cork seascape. After a visit to the award-winning Waterford Treasures Museum, the tour continues on foot to view the medieval city walls and towers. Lunch will be served on board a river cruiser, which will take us to the recently discovered 9th-century Viking settlement at Woodstown.
The overnight destination is Kilkenny - one of Ireland's best-preserved medieval cities. Overnight accommodation is in the heart of the city at the Ormond Hotel. A reception and dinner will be held in the 13th-century Parade Tower of Kilkenny Castle.
Tuesday morning is devoted to viewing some of Kilkenny's treasured sites before lunch at the Kilkenny Design Centre. On the return trip to Cork the tour will visit one of Ireland's most spectacular monuments - the Rock of Cashel, with its famous 12th-century Romanesque Church and 13th-century Cathedral.

Cahir Castle
Cahir Castle
A tomb at Cashel
A tomb at Cashel

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Excursion 3

The Archaeology of County Kerry
(Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 September 2005)

This excursion takes in some of the country's most spectacular land and seascapes, while offering a flavour of Ireland's megalithic tradition. One of the highlights of the tour is a walk through the spectacular upland valley of Caherlehillian. Participants will visit stone forts, ogham stones, rock art, field systems and a stone circle. Weather depending, the tour will visit Church Island (Waterville Lake). For lunch on Wednesday, the participants will be let loose in Kenmare, the gourmet capital of the southwest. Kenmare has many high-quality restaurants and will hopefully satisfy all tastes. Overnight accommodation and entertainment is in the Derrynane Hotel, less than a mile outside Caherdaniel town.

Tuesday 5:

Wednesday 6:

* Please note that lunch will not be provided on Wednesday. Kenmare has many restaurants, cafés and bars, where lunch can be purchased at your own expense and to suit your budget.

Important Notes:
This tour includes a three-hour walk through the upland valley of Caherlehillian. The walk is moderately strenuous and may not be suitable for all. Please note that this tour departs from Cork city on Tuesday 6 September, returning to Cork on Wednesday 7 September. Every effort will be made to ensure that the tour returns to Cork in time for the Opening Ceremony.

Important Notes for ALL Excursions

Each tour will depart from Cork city. Departure points and times will be confirmed in advance. If you are going on any one of the excursions, please note that participants are advised to provide their own accident insurance cover. For the pre-conference excursions, accommodation on the night before departure IS NOT INCLUDED in the cost of the tour. Each tour group will comprise a maximum number of 50 participants and will be led by experienced archaeologists who are familiar with the regions and sites visited. Please note that the excursions will only take place if the requisite minimum number (30) of participants signs up. If you have particular dietary requirements, it is important that you inform the Meeting Administrator at the time of booking. While the Organisers hope for clement weather, all participants are advised to bring warm, waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear on the tours. It would also be prudent to bring insect repellent, particularly if you are participating in the Waterford or Kerry tours.