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We are making arrangements for a lovely afternoon historical outing from Bantry.
We will be following in the footsteps of our founding members who travelled out the country and explored some hidden gems of heritage and local folklore, just a few miles from town.
Leaving Bantry town at 2.30pm sharp by bus on Sunday 26th May we travel out by Lough Bó Finne, passing the site of Derrygrenaugh Barytes Mine, and on to Castledonovan Castle. This castle has its own history to tell but I hadn't realised how much more folklore and local history there is from that quiet locality, and thankfully it has been preserved and I'm very excited about a group of us heading out there to hear the history and folk tales of that area told, in part by natives of the greater Drimoleague area, but we will also hear the words of the late Sean O'Brien who was host and guide to many outings of Bantry Historical Society in the early years of our society.
We will then travel on to Top of the Rock in Drimoleague to hear all about the old village of Drimoleague - the Butter Road from Bantry to Cork, History of the Great Fair, Visits of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, the story of Saint Finbarr plus a possible visit to a pristine example of 1950’s farmhouse preserved exactly as it was when it’s occupant died in 1996 et al.
Light refreshments will be served and toilet facilities will be available.
On our way back, time permitting, we may have a stop at Dromore
The advantage of having a bus is we will sit on the bus and listen to all the speakers in comfort - irrespective of rain/scorching sunshine!
Hurry - I need expressions of interest asap. That will dictate the cost per head. Advance payment will be needed but let's talk about that later.
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