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MNS Tour of Leinster: We’re home!

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

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

Avondale House

Moneystown National School

The school was established on 1st September 1887 with Miss Rose Madden. The school now comprises of five new permanent classrooms.



MNS Tour of Leinster: our Day 5 progress

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

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.

Mellifont Abbey


At 30,000 Sq. ft. Funtasia Waterpark is one of Ireland’s largest indoor Water Parks. There are over 200 Water-based activities.

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Dublin Castle

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.


MNS Tour of Leinster: the story to date

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 and register your Kilometres on

Mount Usher Gardens

A world-class example of a so-called Robinsonian garden, with its relaxed informality and natural layout.

About Mount Usher Gardens

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.


Powerscourt House

Set in the wild Wicklow countryside, overlooking the Sugarloaf Mountain, Powerscourt Gardens stretch over 47 acres and offer magnificent views of the surrounding countryside

Powerscourt House & Gardens

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

Glencree focuses on transforming conflict, promoting reconciliation, encouraging healthy relationships and building sustainable peace.


Russborough House

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.

Russborough House

Humewood Castle

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.

Humewood Castle

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

The Courthouse Arts Centre