ACCOMPANYING PERSONS PROGRAMME
We have an exciting congress accompanying person programme which will provide the participants the opportunity to see a piece of Ireland, experience some of its best attractions.
Monday 3rd June 2019
Delegates will have an opportunity to make new acquaintances and meet with old friends in a relaxed environment at the Welcome Reception. This will take place in The Helix on Monday 3rd June 2019.
Newgrange and Hill of Tara Tour
Tuesday 4 June 2019
The tour will begin with a tour of the historic passage tomb, Newgrange.
Newgrange is a Stone Age (Neolithic) monument in the Boyne Valley, County Meath, it is the jewel in the crown of Ireland’s Ancient East. Newgrange was constructed about 5,200 years ago (3,200 B.C.) which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Newgrange is a large circular mound 85 meters (93 yards) in diameter and 13.5 meters (15 yards) high with a 19 meter (21 yard) stone passageway and chambers inside. The mound is ringed by 97 large kerbstones, some of which are engraved with symbols called megalithic art. Newgrange was built by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. Knowth and Dowth are similar mounds that together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
You will also spend time in the Visitor Centre before departing for lunch and a tour of the Hill of Tara. The Hill of Tara is a low-lying ridge located between Navan and Dunshaughlin in Co. Meath. It is said that a quarter of the landscape of Ireland can be seen from the hill. Tara gets its name from Teamhair na Rí meaning ‘sanctuary of the Kings.’ It is important as the traditional inauguration site of the ancient High Kings of Ireland. Although few of its monuments survived the test of time, it is an evocative place, much celebrated in Irish myth and legend.
Glendalough and Wicklow Tour
Wednesday 5 June 2019
We will begin our tour through Dublin City Centre meandering out to the ‘Garden of Ireland’ as Wicklow is affectionately known as. We will pass the Sugar Loaf Mountain and head towards the Ireland’s highest village, Roundwood. We will have an early lunch before arriving in the monastic Glendalough.
Glendalough is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the “Monastic City”. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Despite attacks by Vikings over the years, Glendalough thrived as one of Ireland’s great ecclesiastical foundations and schools of learning until the Normans destroyed the monastery in 1214 A.D. and the dioceses of Glendalough and Dublin were united. Close to the monastic city is the interactive centre. The centre features an audio visual and has a model of the monastic site on display. You will be welcomed by a friendly and knowledgeable staff where all your questions will be answered. Glendalough is one of the top attraction on Ireland’s Ancient East.
Thursday 6 June 2019
A coach will bring you into Dublin City main shopping area, Grafton Street, where you will have the morning to shop.