Activities - Annual Outing Archives


The 2017 ICOMOS Annual Outing took place on Saturday 1st July 2017, visiting the Medieval Mile, Kilkenny City. The outing included a visit to The Medieval Mile Museum, where Evelyn Graham, Kilkenny County Council Project Architect and Peter Cox and John Beattie of Carrig Conservation, provided an insightful tour of the building which included a review of some of the significant archaeological finds at the site during conservation works. Colm Murray, Heritage Council, led an informative tour of Rothe House. The day finished with a visit to the Abbey/Brewery Site and Evans’ Turret.


The 2016 ICOMOS Annual Outing tool place on Saturday 10th September in South Dublin led by Peter Pearson visiting Tully’s Cross, Lehaunstown Castle, Brennanstown Cromlech and Glendruid House. Crosses at Rathmichael, Fassaroe and Deans Grange and the Leadmines Chimney, finishing at Peter and Phils untouched Victorian House in Bray. 



This year the ICOMOS Ireland Annual Outing 2015 will be a unique Joint Summer Meeting and Conference with ICOMOS-UK in Edinburgh.

This Joint Summer Meeting is on the theme 'New Approaches to Historic Urban Landscapes' and includes a special visit to the Forth Bridge.

Forth Bridge Visit: The Joint Summer Meeting will begin at lunchtime on Thursday 4 June with a visit to the Forth Bridge, a timely opportunity as 2015 is not only the European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year, but also because this iconic structure will be considered for World Heritage Site inscription less than a month later.

Historic Urban Landscapes International Conference: A day-long conference with international speakers, supported and hosted by Historic Scotland, on Friday 5 June will highlight the key principles of an imaginative new approach to sustaining historic urban landscapes, which focuses on integrating the goals of urban heritage conservation with those of social and economic development.

Expert-led Tours: The conference will explore how these principles are being implemented in cities around the world, including World Heritage Cities, to ensure that they continue to flourish and remain resilient to withstand future envi-ronmental, social and economic challenges. Visits on Saturday 6 June will provide expert-led tours of the city, historic buildings and museums, and time to explore the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

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The ICOMOS Ireland Annual Outing 2014 tool place on September 20th 2014 and visited Richhill, Armagh City and Navan Fort, finishing with tea in The Armagh County Club.



AO 2013 MainphotoThe ICOMOS Ireland Annual Outing took place on Saturday 6th July to Cork Harbour. About twenty participants turned up and gathered at the pontoon at the Port of Cork complex where they boarded two boats. Pat Ruane gave a commentary on the offices and bonded warehouses, the navigation wall, the Ford factory and Blackrock Castle.

The first port of call was Spike Island where the Site Manager and members of the Spike Steering Committee welcomed the group. There was a very comprehensive tour with access to some areas not normally open to visitors. It was very informative. From there the boats took the group to Crosshaven for a quick lunch in Cronin's before boarding a bus to Camden Fort Meagher where the manager gave an orientation and background talk before going on the tour. A huge amount of clearing and repair work has been done here in recent years and the voluntary community project is quite remarkable. It was not possible to explore the entire fort due to lack of time but members will no doubt return to this splendid fort. The bus then brought the group back to the boats which travelled to Cobh in glorious sunshine, where refreshment was had by the water. A fitting close to an action packed day. 

ICOMOS Ireland would like to thank both Cork City Council and Cork County Council for supporting this visit and members  Laura Bowen and Pat Ruane for organising a day which was well planned and most memorable.




The 2012 Annual Outing saw ICOMOS Ireland members travel to Castletown House and Demesne in Celbridge, Co. Kildare and Russborough House and Gardens in Blessington, Co. Wicklow. The programme included a presentations from John Cahill on the Office of Public Works, Dr. John Olley of University College Dublin, Eric Blatchford, Chief Executive of the Alfred Beit Foundation, and from the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland at Russborough. 

A central theme was the response taken to the servicing requirements of these great houses and demesnes, which, when they were fully functioning, were economic engines providing employment and sustenance for the surrounding community. They represent opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of interventions, which itself has become highly topical in this energy conscious era. 

The 2011 ICOMOS Ireland Annual Outing took place on 11 June. It included a visit to the Giant's Causeway Coast, designated a World Heritage site in 1986, with a guided tour by Prof. Bernard Smith, Queen's University. This was followed by presentations by Julia Loughnane, Project Architect with Heneghan Peng on design of the new visitor centre, and Graham Thompson, National Trust. After this, the group visited Dunluce Castle, guided by Dr Colin Breen who had recently re-commenced archaeological excavations on the site.



The 2010 ICOMOS Ireland Annual Outing took place on 29 May. It included a visit to the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise, Co Offaly.



The 2009 ICOMOS Ireland Annual Outing took place on the International Day of Monuments and Sites on the 18 April in Cork City.
Pat Ruane, Conservation Officer for Cork City, gave a guided tour of four buildings related to the theme 'Heritage and Science':

  • UCC Observatory (19th C., recently restored)

  • Photonics Building (former Maltings complex)

  • Lifetime Lab (former Cork Corporation Waterworks, now a visitor & education centre about sustainability)

  • UCC Environmental Research Institute (new building housing environmental research bodies).



The 2008 ICOMOS Ireland Annual Outing took place on 29 May. It included visits to the National Botanic Gardens and Glasnevin Cemetery.
George McCullough (CEO), Peter Harbison (historian) and Jason Ellis (stone conservator) presented Glasnevin cemetery in the morning. Following lunch, Peter Wyse Jackson (OPW) and Ciaran O’Connor (OPW) presented the Botanic Gardens.


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