What a great adventure it’s been! Starting out as a Tour of Wicklow and suddenly realising we’re capable of way more than that, to taking a detour in Tinahely and continuing on our journey around Leinster.
We completed in access of 650 kms.
Thanks to the parents, the Board of Management, siblings, pets but most importantly the pupils of Moneystown National School who walked, jogged, ran, hiked, cycled, skateboarded, scooted and even SWAM! their virtual way around Leinster, well done all.
Please see below both videos of our adventure as well as the final 3 destinations on our trip.
Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul.
Avondale House was built in 1777 for Samuel Hayes. He bequeathed it to his friend and fellow MP Sir John Parnell in 1795 and the latter’s great-grandson Charles Stewart Parnell was born there in 1846
Moneystown National School
The school was established on 1st September 1887 with Miss Rose Madden. The school now comprises of five new permanent classrooms.
We continued our great progress around Leinster on Day 5. Continuing on from Newgrange, Co. Meath we made the quick visit to Mellifont Abbey in Co. Louth and then a little trip over the road to Funtasia Drogheda. From there it was down the M1 into Dublin Castle. We’ve left Dublin Castle on Day 5 and are approximately at the Sugarloaf Mountain. So, to finish we’ll continue on the R755 to Glendalough, then Avondale House and home to MNS. I’ve no doubt we’ll easily finish our tour over the weekend.
See below for the locations we reached on Day 5
Mellifont Abbey, founded in 1142, is home to a community of monks. They live a monastic life hidden within the monastery. It has a dairy herd & 450 acres of forestry. Their garden supplies a huge range of plants nationwide.
At 30,000 Sq. ft. Funtasia Waterpark is one of Ireland’s largest indoor Water Parks. There are over 200 Water-based activities.
Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland.
We are continuing to make great progress around Leinster. After taking our detour in Tinahely after Day 1 & 2 we’ve now reached Newgrange, Co. Meath and are on the home stretch. We’ve a few more location to reached before rocking up at MNS. Next up is Mellifont Abbey in Co. Louth, then a fun stop in Funtasia Drogheda, on to Dublin Castle, Glendalough, Avondale House and home. Let’s finish strong!
See below for the locations we reached on Day 3 & 4
Dunbrody Famine Ship
Centred on an authentic reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant vessel, it provides a world-class interpretation of the famine emigrant experience.
Founded soon after the Norman conquest of Ireland, the Castle has been rebuilt, extended and adapted to suit changing circumstances and uses over a period of 800 years.
Rock of Dunamase
The ruins of Dunamase Castle, a defensive stronghold dating from the early Hiberno-Norman period with a view across to the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
Athlone Castle was first built to defend the crossing point on the River Shannon and evolved into a bold defensive structure over the centuries.
The island is home to the ruins of St. Diarmaid’s Monastery, founded by Diarmaid the Just in AD 560.
Newgrange is a 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley in Co. Meath.
Newgrange was built by Stone Age farmers, the mound is 85m (279ft) in diameter and 13m (43ft) high, an area of about 1 acre.
With a magnificent response so far we have visited the following locations on our tour. Please see a link to each location to learn a little more. Keep up the participation levels and don’t forget to send your photos and mini video clips to firstname.lastname@example.org and register your Kilometres on https://tinyurl.com/y7g56d6b
Mount Usher Gardens
A world-class example of a so-called Robinsonian garden, with its relaxed informality and natural layout.
Kilruddery House & Gardens
The magnificent 800 acre estate is a sustainable, bio-diverse farm with flowering woodland, formal 17th century gardens & a high hedge Sylvan theatre.
Set in the wild Wicklow countryside, overlooking the Sugarloaf Mountain, Powerscourt Gardens stretch over 47 acres and offer magnificent views of the surrounding countryside
Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation
Glencree focuses on transforming conflict, promoting reconciliation, encouraging healthy relationships and building sustainable peace.
Russborough House aim to promote the advancement of education in the fine arts in Ireland and also to enrich the cultural life of the nation by promoting art, craft and music.
Humewood Castle is a 32,668 square feet. Gothic-fantasy mansion built in 1870 in 427 acres of parkland at Kiltegan. The mansion was originally built as a private residence of the Hume family. It is currently owned by American billionaire John C. Malone.
The Courthouse Arts Centre
The Courthouse Arts Centre has established itself as south Wicklow’s premier professional venue delivering a strong multi-disciplinary arts programme