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Visit & Excursions

From time to time the Club arranges visits to local, national and international places of interest. Local visits or excursions usually last no more then one day and excursions abroad 2 to 3 days depending on the destination. Member's spouses or partners are invited as a matter of course which lends a relaxed atmosphere to the occasion. 

Upcoming Event

None planned at the moment.

Potential Future Events

Below are the outings under consideration. 

Local:

Glenstal Abbey,

Munster Rugby new High Performance Unit,

Shannon Aerospace.

Regional:

Coole Park,

Listowel Lartigue Railway Museum,

Portumna Castle and Workhouse.

Cork:

Cobh,

Fota Park, Carrigtwohill, 

Haulbowline and Spike Island,

Midleton Distillery.

Dublin:

Botanic Gardens,

Glasnevin Cemetery,

Guiness Storehouse,

Islandbridge Memorial and Gardens,

Jameson Old Distillery,

Kilmainham Jail,

St. Michan's and St. Werburgh's Churches.

Past Outings

Below a selection of past visits and excursions:



20.06.2023 Self-drive visit to Rock of Cashel followed by lunch in the town of Cashel.

Visit to Foynes harbor, port and museums.

Day trip to Doneraile House Estate and village 

Three day outing to Killarney

Trip to Mosel Region, Germany

Coolmore Stud, Cashel Palace & Cahir Castle

Glenstal Abbey

Guide tour of Old Limerick

Haulbowline Naval Base

Baldonnel Aerodrome (Air Corpsbase and Aviation Museum )

Cliffs of Moher Heritage Centre

Trip to Lake

Constance visiting Austria, Germany, and Switzerland

Dungarvan, Cooper Coast & Ardmore

June 2023

Club members made a self - drive visit to the town of Cashel and enjoid a guided tour of the Rock of Cashel and a lunch in the town.


October 2022

Club members had an interesting guided bus tour of Foynes harbor and port during which the potential future role of the Shannon Estuary in the off-shore wind turbine development was explained. This was followed by a demonstration of the making of an Irish Coffee and a lunch at the invitation of the Harbor Board.

Most members visited the maritime and flight museum before returning to Limerick.

September 2022

Club members and some spouses made a car trip to the village of Doneraile on county Cork.

Following a most enjoyable lunch in the Village Inn the group visited Doneraile House and grounds which was the ancestral home of the St Legers family and is now in state ownership and in the process of restoration by the Office of Public Works.

The tour of the house accompanied by the entertaining guide Margaret was the highlight of the outing.

Autumn Outing 2018

On October 23rd 2018 a group of 19 club members and their partners went on a three day trip to Killarney. From the base in the Great Southern Hotel participants explored Killarney and its surroundings including the recently opened Killarney House.

The trip concluded with a enjoyable sing song in the library of the hotel under the direction of our own MC Jim O'Riordan.   

Summer Outing 2015

On May 5th, 2015 a group of 19 club members and their wives departed via Zurich, on a four day trip to Lake Constance (Germany). The group stayed in a hotel in the centre of Constance. Outings on the following days included guided visits to the island of Reichenau, a full day bus tour around Lake Constance, ferry crossings, and visits to the towns of Meersburg (Germany), Lindau (Germany), Bregenz (Austria), and St. Gallen (Switzerland).

The highlight of this hugely successful and much appreciated trip was a gourmet meal on the beautiful and historic island of Mainau. 

St. Gallen smiled down on us and we were particularly lucky with the weather during our visit, which ended with a return flight to Dublin on May 9th.

Visits to the High Performance Center at UL and the Limerick harbor are planned for early 2017.

Spring Outing 2014

Our Spring Outing took place on 30th April and 1st May 2014.  18 Members including wives visited Dungarvan, the Copper Coast and Ardmore.  The Park Hotel provided excellent accommodation and meals.  On Wednesday 30th April a walking tour of old Dungaran was conducted by our guide, John Young, who proved to be a mine of information and humour.  

Later that evening, from about 9.00 pm members repaired to Dillon's Bar where an evening of music, song and story continued until midnight (or later for some!). Joe Power, a Dungarvan character organised and MC'd the entertainment.  Club members contributed in song.

On the morning of Thursday, 1st May, blessd by good weather, a visit was made  to the Copper Coast Geopark near Bonmahon. This proved to be very informative, with video presentation, viewing museum artifacts relating to the copper mining conducted there in the 19th century, followed by a visit to a typical mine shaft.  Our guide Des Cowman explained that the Geopark was now linked internationally in a group of designated geoparks.   Finally a snack lunch was served by the Geopark staff (all volunteers)  recently renovated in an old C of I  19th century building by enthusiasts of the area .  This also housed the Museum.

Members car convoy then proceeded to the village of Ardmore where our guide, Liam Suipéil, conducted a tour of the the "Holy City"  of Naomh Deaglán, patron of the Déise.  First visiting Diseart Déagláin, where the saint retreated into solitude.  Rites and customs of the annual Pattern Day, 24th July, where explained as were  the significance of the Holy Well and ruined early church.  We then proceeded to the later monastic establishment with its famous Round Tower, Cathedral, its Ogham Stones, and Beannachtan, or reputed tomb of Naomh Deaglán. 

Later tired and thirsty members helped themselves to afternoon tea in the Cliff House Hotel, before travelling back to the Park Hotel, Dungarvan.  So ended an interesting day. 

Autumn Outing 2013

Members had a most enjoyable outing to the Mosel(Moselle) Region between 29th Sept and 2nd October.  Members assembled at the Strand Hotel Sunday morning and travelled by bus to  Farranfore Airport , flying Ryanair to Hahn Airport.  Aim of the trip was  to savour Wine Festival time in Bernkastel-Kues and other towns along the river.  The weather was exceptional throughout,  dry and sunny with an early morning cool freshness.   With Moselbluemchen Hotel in Bernkastel-Kues  as a base ,  Monday (30th) found members enjoying a cruise on the river to Trarben-Trabach. Disembarking we were met by Sebastian, our German guide and Kevin Lynch, an Irishman with an holiday home in the region, both proving to be mines of information, social, historical, architectural etc. A pleasant lunch completed the morning activities.  

In the afternoon  members continued by  to Cochem.  A steep upward climb  to Burg Cochem ( Castle) by minibus), and included a guided tour of same before returning by road to Bernkastel-Kues.  

Tuesdays activities included a guided  tour of  Trier, originally founded by the Romans. The city contains many historic sites, the Porta Nigra, Cathedral, an Amphitheatre, Roman Basilica et. al.  

Later that afternoon afternoon tea/coffee high up above the town of Trittenheim, gave a panoramic view of  the Mosel, river traffic and vineyard slopes(see Photo Record). 

A visit was made to a winery where all enjoyed a typical regional lunch, wine tasting and also visited  an old Roman wine press, and imbibing some produce! Visibly satiated by late afternoon members returned to Bernkastel-Kues.  

The group bade goodbye to their hotel Wed. 2nd Oct, and headed for for Hahn Airport arriving back in Limerick  via Ryanair and coach approximately 5.45 pm. 

Our thanks  to Detlef Becker for his excellent organisation of the trip and showing us the beauty of his homeland. Tausend Dank!  

Some highlights of the trip can be seen in Photo Record page