There will be no talks on the afternoon of Thursday 25 June. Participants have a choice of going on a bus tour or having a free afternoon. We will distribute Dublin tourist information for those who wish to go there that afternoon or at any other time.
The bus tour will visit two ancient heritage sites, the Hill of Tara and Loughcrew, as well as the much more modern (only 1200 years old!) high crosses and round tower in Kells. The bus tour is free for participants, but accomppanying persons pay 10 euro.
Loughcrew consists of a large number of megalithic cairns that are over 5000 years old, spread across several hills. We will go to just one hill, Carnbane East.
Visiting both the Hill of Tara and Loughcrew involve short walks up hills, so you are advised to wear hiking shoes and bring rainwear just in case. The more challenging of the two is the Loughcrew climb, which takes 10-15 minutes. There are no dangerous slopes, but the ground can be slippery if wet.
Kells is where the famous Book of Kells was written, although that book is now in Trinity College Dublin.