In preparation for the upcoming 2022 tour season, this intense 2-day Refresher Programme will provide an information-rich, multi-layered and wide-angled overview of Ireland’s Natural, Built and Cultural Heritage.
Its landscape, geography, prehistory, traditional folklife, architecture, history and economy will be examined. The individual programme modules are detailed below.
The programme kicks off with an exploration of Ireland’s countryside. The identifying
characteristics of the main geographical features of the Irish landscape will be detailed.
These will include glacial and coastal landforms and peatlands.
The geological origin and structure of our island will be explained in laypersons terms,
as will the local geology of iconic sites and regions, including the Cliffs of Moher, Slieve
League, North Antrim coast, the Dingle, Iveragh and Beara Peninsulas, Hill of Allen,
Rock of Cashel, Ben Bulben, Glendalough, Carrick-a-Rede, Giant’s Causeway, the
Burren, Valentia Island, Howth, Connemara etc. etc. etc.
The fascinating narrative of Ireland’s prehistory will be examined from the earliest
evidence for human presence on this island, ca. 10,500 BC, to the arrival of Christianity
in the 5 th century AD. The origins and developing lifestyles and cultural traits of the
Stone, Bronze and Iron Age peoples who settled here will be overviewed. Succinct
details for a range of iconic prehistoric sites that are included on tour itineraries will be
Ireland’s historical timeline from the first incursions of Viking raiders in 795 to the
aftermath of the ‘Battle of the Two Kings’ in 1690 will be revisited. Topics explored will
include the Vikings as raiders, traders and settlers; The Normans - Origins, Invasion,
Colonisation, Fortifications, Castles, Towns and Society; The Black Death, Medieval
Monasteries, Gaelic Resurgence, Plantation – Munster, Ulster, Cromwellian and the
Battle of the Boyne.
Protestant Ascendancy, Georgian Ireland, ‘Up in arms - Rebellion’ – Wolfe Tone and
the United Irishmen, Robert Emmet, the Young Irelanders, the Fenians; Catholic
Emancipation, the Great Hunger 1845-50, the Land Question, the Gaelic and Literary
Revivals, the 1916 Rising and the Civil War will be overviewed.
To facilitate informed on-tour commentary, Peter Lydon will present an update on the
current condition of the Irish economy. Topics covered will include the impact of
COVID on the economy, including the Hospitality and Tourism Sectors,
Employment/Unemployment, The Housing Crisis – Government strategies, property
values, Social Housing and Inflation.
Class times: 9.00 am. – 5.30 pm.
Cost per person: €120
Dates and Venues
18 th - 19 th February 2022 – West County Hotel, Dublin
21 st - 22 nd February 2022 – West County Hotel, Dublin
25 th - 26 th February 2022 – Rose Hotel, Tralee
4 th - 5 th March 2022 – Ardilaun Hotel, Galway