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1916 100 Year Commemoration Dublin & The Somme

 

1916
Dublin Rising and The Battle of the Somme

Tour Dates:

Dublin Walking Tour 24th and 25th May 2016

The Somme France 3 Night Trip 26th to 29th May

 

Understanding our history at Home and Abroad

1916 was a hugely significant year in Irish history with the Easter Rising in Dublin and tens of thousands from the island of Ireland fighting and dying at the Battle of the Somme.  In the Dublin Rising in April 1916 approximately 485 died with the majority being Civilians. A few months later on 1st July over 2,000 Irish Soldiers were killed in the first few hours of the Battle of the Somme from all parts of Ireland North and South. By the end of the Battle in November 1916 this figure had almost doubled. In total during the First World War upwards of 50,000 Irishmen were killed.

100 years later join us, while learning, to commemorate all those that died and to retrace the steps of our ancestors by taking on the Entwined Histories Challenge by walking in the footsteps of history will help to understand our shared history in a spirit of respect and friendship.

 


TOUR ITINERARY - PART 1 DUBLIN RISING


Tue 24 May – The Dublin Walk Day 1 (approx. 15km)

 

  • National Museum (meet 0830) –Collins Barracks (formerly the Royal Barracks of Dublin Fusiliers) – Introduction and briefing for the days walk.

  • Short Tour of Collins Barracks Museum 1916 and WW1 Somme exhibits

  • Arbour Hill Military Cemetery – 1916 Volunteer Burial Plot and memorial

  • Kilmainham Gaol – location of 1916 leader executions – Visit Stone breakers yard.

  • Kilmainham Hospital / Dr Steevens Hospital – Their role in caring for injured and dying of 1916 visit to British and Volunteers Grave visit.

  • Islandbridge Memorial Gardens –  Memorial Cross and viewing of casualty Rolls. Lunch

  • Grangegorman Cemetery Blackhorse Avenue – British Army dead from Rising and grave visits.

  • Glasnevin Cemetery –. Conduct general briefing for 1916 WWI Memorial, Cross of Sacrifice, & Neilan family Plot, Chaplains  Fr Francis Gleeson Royal Munster Fusiliers, Fr Francis Browne Irish Guards. Michael Collins Grave.

  • Return to Collins Barracks by coach tour passing GPO , Garden of Remembrance

  • Evening Social gathering  – details TBC

 


 

Wed 25 May – Dublin Walk Day 2 (approx. 20km)

 

  • National Museum (Meet 0830) –Collins Barracks (formerly the Royal Barracks of Royal Dublin Fusiliers) – Introduction and briefing for the days walk.

  • North Quays , Mendacity Institute , Four Courts ,King Street area – Scene of major conflict Rising 1916 between South Staffordshire Regiment and Volunteers

  • Dublin Castle – Scene of first shots of the rising and centre of British Intelligence.

  • City Hall – One of the main locations of  Volunteer Occupation.

  • Trinity College Dublin – Visit to WW1 memorial and explanation of role in The Rising.

  • Mount Street Bridge / 25 Northumberland Road – Location of one the main battle scenes of The Rising. (Bolands Mills)

  • Lansdowne Road Aviva Stadium – Recruiting location for Dublin Fusiliers Pals – Visit WW1 memorial - Lunch

  • St Stephens Green and Shelbourne Hotel, RCSI – Their role in the rising.

  • Walk to GPO (main location of Rebels during Rising), Moore Street (rebel surrender location).

  • Return by Luas (Middle Abbey st) or walk to Collins Barracks

  • Evening Social Event - TBC

 

 

PART 2 – THE SOMME

(You will have the option to tour by coach or on foot)

 

Thur 26 May

 

Depart Dublin for France on Ryanair Flight to Beauvais departing at 06:25
On arrival in Beauvais coach transfer to Arras which will be our base in the Somme Region.
Arrival time 14:00. Delays permitting we will visit the Wellington Underground Caves which were extensively used in Arras during WW1
Welcome dinner in Arras
Overnight Hotel Mercure or Holiday Inn Express, Arras

 

 

 

Fri 27 May (by coach or 15km walk)

 

  • After Breakfast Briefing on day 1 Somme Programme.

  • Depart Arras by coach via Baupaume to Albert.

  • Visit Albert Museum

  • Depart by Coach for Thiepval area to begin Somme Tour Day 1.

  • Hawthorne Crater & Malins viewpoint (historic footage of mine explosion 1 July 1916)

  • Beaumont Hamel & “Y “ Ravine positions.

  • Newfoundland Memorial Park

  • Visit to Ulster Tower and brief on the Ulster 36th Division. Visit to trenches in Thiepval Wood

  • Lunch stop Ulster Tower

  • Thiepval Memorial – Memorial to Soldiers with no known grave.

  • Return to Arras Hotel by coach en route visit and Pozieres area memorials.

  • Overnight Hotel Mercure or Holiday Inn Express, Arras

 

 

Sat 28 May (by Coach or approx. 20km walk)

 

  • After Breakfast Briefing on day 2 Somme Tour

  • Depart for Pozieres Area to begin Walk Day 2

  • Lochnagar Mine Crator – 1st July 1916

  • Fricourt German cemetery – brief on German casualties

  • Brief on Battle of Guillemont – Trones Wood stand 16th Division and also Ginchy  - brief on Irish Guards involvement

  • Delville Wood Museum Visit followed by Lunch

  • Conduct visits of Guillemont / Guinchy battlefields

  • Evening – Final night Dinner

  • Overnight at Hotel Mercure or Holiday Inn Express, Arras

 

 

Sun 29 May

 

  • After Breakfast Check out Hotel

  • Depart by coach to Thiepval Memorial for Memorial Service

  • After memorial service timer specific cemetary visits for walk participant relatives  (all requests for visit must be received prior to end of April)

  • Alternative excursion to Vimy Ridge and Circle of Remembrance
  • Onwards by Coach to Beauvais Airport for 22:25 departure Flight to Dublin


Included:

1 or 2 Days Guided Tour of Dublin Rising Sites

2 X Lunch Dublin

Return Flight Dublin to Beauvais

3 Nights B&B Holiday Inn Express Arras Twin Sharing

Guided Tours in France 3 Days

2 X Dinners Somme

Entrance Fees

Transfers

 

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Killester travel is a fully bonded Tour Operator under government License in Irish Republic and in the UK.

1916 was a hugely significant year in Irish history with the Easter Rising in Dublin and tens of thousands from the island of Ireland fighting and dying at the Battle of the Somme.  In the Dublin Rising in April 1916 approximately 485 died with the majority being Civilians. A few months later on 1st July over 2,000 Irish Soldiers were killed in the first few hours of the Battle of the Somme from all parts of Ireland North and South. By the end of the Battle in November 1916 this figure had almost doubled. In total during the First World War upwards of 50,000 Irishmen were killed.

100 years later join us, while learning, to commemorate all those that died and to retrace the steps of our ancestors by taking on the Entwined Histories Challenge by walking in the footsteps of history will help to understand our shared history in a spirit of respect and friendship.

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SEQ Figure \* ARABIC 1 The Royal Barracks (Collins Barracks)

Text Box: 1The Royal Barracks (Collins Barracks) http://curiousireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/IMG_0098.jpgTOUR ITINERARY - PART 1 DUBLIN RISING

Tue 24 May – The Dublin Walk Day 1 (approx. 15km)

  • National Museum (meet 0830) –Collins Barracks (formerly the Royal Barracks of Dublin Fusiliers) – Introduction and briefing for the days walk.

· Short Tour of Collins Barracks Museum 1916 and WW1 Somme exhibits

  • Arbour Hill Military Cemetery – 1916 Volunteer Burial Plot and memorial

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  • Kilmainham Gaol – location of 1916 leader executions – Visit Stone breakers yard.

  • Kilmainham Hospital / Dr Steevens Hospital – Their role in caring for injured and dying of 1916 visit to British and Volunteers Grave visit.

·

SEQ Figure \* ARABIC 2 Arbour Hill Memorial

Text Box: 2 Arbour Hill MemorialIslandbridge Memorial Gardens –  Memorial Cross and viewing of casualty Rolls. Lunch

  • http://www.merrionstreet.ie/en/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/queen-irl-war-memorial_28_425.jpgGrangegorman Cemetery Blackhorse Avenue – British Army dead from Rising and grave visits.

  • Glasnevin Cemetery –. Conduct general briefing

for 1916 WWI Memorial, Cross of Sacrifice,

& Neilan family Plot,Chaplains  Fr Francis Gleeson

Royal Munster Fusiliers , Fr Francis Browne Irish

SEQ Figure \* ARABIC 3 Islandbridge WW1 Memorial gardens

Text Box: 3 Islandbridge WW1 Memorial gardensGuards. Michael Collins Grave.

· Return to Collins Barracks by coach tour passing GPO , Garden of Remembrance

  • Evening Social gathering  – details TBC

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SEQ Figure \* ARABIC 4 Glanevin Cemetary

Text Box: 4 Glanevin Cemetary

SEQ Figure \* ARABIC 5 Kilmainham Gaol

Text Box: 5 Kilmainham Gaol

Wed 25 May – Dublin Walk Day 2 (approx. 20km)

  • National Museum (Meet 0830) –Collins Barracks (formerly the Royal Barracks of Royal Dublin Fusiliers) – Introduction and briefing for the days walk.

  • North Quays , Mendacity Institute , Four Courts ,King Street area – Scene of major conflict Rising 1916 between South Staffordshire Regiment and Volunteers

SEQ Figure \* ARABIC 6 Dublin Castle gate - Scene of first shots of Rising

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  • Dublin Castle – Scene of first shots of the rising and centre of British Intelligence.

  • City Hall – One of the main locations of  Volunteer Occupation.

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    SEQ Figure \* ARABIC 7 Mount Street Bridge (Clanwilliam House)

    Text Box: 7 Mount Street Bridge (Clanwilliam House)Trinity College Dublin – Visit to WW1 memorial and explanation of role in The Rising.

  • Mount Street Bridge / 25 Northumberland Road – Location of one the main battle scenes of The Rising.

(Bolands Mills)

  • Lansdowne Road Aviva Stadium – Recruiting location for Dublin Fusiliers Pals – Visit WW1 memorial - Lunch

http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/uploads/post-3328-1142368276.jpg SEQ Figure \* ARABIC 8 The Pals (IRFU members ) enlisting in Lansdowne Road 1914

  • St Stephens Green and Shelbourne Hotel, RCSI – Their role in the rising.

  • Walk to GPO (main location of Rebels during Rising), Moore Street (rebel surrender location.

  • Return by Luas (Middle Abbey st) or walk to Collins Barracks

  • Evening Social Event - TBC

PART 2 – THE SOMME

(You will have the option to tour by coach or on foot )

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Thur 26 May

SEQ Figure \* ARABIC 9 Albert Museum Exhibit

Text Box: 9 Albert Museum Exhibit http://www.somme14-18.com/sites/www.prod/files/assets/images/albert-musee1916cadrt80-pc_23.jpgDepart Dublin for France on Ryanair Flight to Beauvais departing at 06:25  On arrival in Beauvais coach transfer to Arras which will be our base in the Somme Region.

Arrival time 14:00. Delays permitting we will visit the Wellington Underground Caves which were extensively used in Arras during WW1

Welcome dinner in Arras

Overnight Hotel Mercure or Holiday Inn Express, Arras

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Fri 27 May (by coach or  15km walk)

  • After Breakfast Briefing on day 1 Somme  Programme.

SEQ Figure \* ARABIC 10 Thiepval Memorial

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  • Depart Arras by coach via Baupaume to Albert.

  • Visit Albert Museum

  • Depart by Coach for  Thiepval area to begin Somme Tour Day 1.

  • Hawthorne Crater & Malins viewpoint (historic footage of mine explosion 1 July 1916)

  • Beaumont Hamel & “ Y “ Ravine positions.

·

SEQ Figure \* ARABIC 11 Ulster Tower 36th Ulster Divison memorial

Text Box: 11 Ulster Tower 36th Ulster Divison memorial http://en.tracesofwar.com/upload/5547130610193255.JPGNewfoundland Memorial Park

  • Visit to Ulster Tower and brief on the Ulster 36th Division. Visit to trenches in Thiepval Wood

  • Lunch stop Ulster Tower

 




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