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Please book your classes directly on the Woollinn website http://woollinn.com/ - you are entitled to a 10% discount if you book this tour. Once you have booked, a discount code will be sent to you as soon as it is available to us.
For non knitters or those that want to do some Dublin sightseeing today, there will be an optional tour of Dublin included. At 1pm, meet at Hotel reception and begin your sightseeing with a panoramic tour of Dublin City. Visit the National Museum of Archaeology. The Museum of Archaeology is home to the Irish Antiquities Division of the National Museum of Ireland which is the national repository for all archaeological objects found in Ireland. It holds in trust for the nation and the world a series of outstanding archaeological collections spanning millennia of Irish history and also holds extensive collections of non-Irish antiquities. The museum houses artefacts ranging in date from 7000 B.C. to the late medieval period and beyond. Return to your hotel in time for dinner which includes a sit-down meal and entertainment, with some of the Woollinn Special Guests in attendance! Dinner will be included for knitters and non-knitters. Overnight in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.
Your visit will include a tour of the house and there will be time for you to walk around its pretty gardens and perhaps visit one or two of the local craft makers operating in the west courtyard. After your visit to Russborough we take a quick visit to Glendalough a glacial valley located a short distance from Russborough and renowned for both its Medieval monastic settlement and stunning mountain vistas. Overnight in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Bed & Breakfast included.
After lunch nearby (included), we will all head off to tour the Boyne Valley. The Boyne Valley is one of Ireland’s most historic regions. We will enjoy a guided tour of Old Mellifont Abbey the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland, founded in 1142 by Saint Malachy, Archbishop of Armagh. In 1603 the famous Treaty of Mellifont was signed at Mellifont Abbey between the English Crown and Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone. Overnight in Cavan, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.
The complex is sited on a bend in the River Eske, near the mouth of Donegal Bay, and is surrounded by a 17th-century boundary wall. There is a small gatehouse at its entrance mirroring the design of the keep. Most of the stonework was constructed from locally sourced limestone with some sandstone. The castle was the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan, Lords of Tír Conaill and one of the most powerful Gaelic families in Ireland from the 5th to the 16th centuries. Overnight in Donegal, Bed & Breakfast included.
Travel onward to Glencolmcille Folk Village, a collection of several small cottages, called a ‘clachan’, resting on a hillside that overlooks the stunning Glen Bay Beach. Designed, constructed and conserved by local people, the Folk Village is one of Ireland's longest-running living-history museums. Overnight in Donegal, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included.
Your final stop today will be Carrickmacross Lace to see the fine lace masterpieces that have been produced in the region since the early 1800’s. Enjoy a demonstration where staff that are passionate about the beauty of this meticulously created craft will show you the intricate needlework involved with creating the finished pieces. Continue to your hotel in Dublin City Centre Hotel and check-in. The remainder of the day is free for personal sightseeing or shopping before our final farewell dinner tonight. Overnight Dublin City Centre, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.
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