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Boyne Valley Treasure Tours

DATE: SATURDAY 5 MAY
VENUE: BEAULIEU HOUSE AND GARDENS /
MONASTERBOICE / DRUMSHALLON FORGE
TIME: 10AM (BUS FROM HIGHLANES GALLERY, LAURENCE STREET)
TICKETS: €20

These special tours offer the festival visitor an expanded experience of the heritage and culture, art, archaeology and nature of Drogheda and the Boyne Valley, the birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East. This year, to coincide with Drogheda’s hosting of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann there is a special element focusing on Irish traditional music, song and dance. Built at the end of the 17th century and nestled between green meadows and ancient woodland on the banks of the River Boyne, Beaulieu is one of the best-preserved examples of an early unfortified mansion to be found in Ireland. Inside, a decorative scheme survives from the 1720s, with ornate plasterwork, panelling and paintings attributed to Willem van der Hagen. This visit will have an additional focus on the Baroque carvings of musical instruments. The second stop takes in the 5 th century ruins of the Mainistir Bhuite (Monasterboice), and Muiredach’s High Cross, taking note of the depictions of instruments like the harp and pipes.

 

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The tour continues deep in to the Boyne Valley, ending at Drumshallon Forge and Heritage Centre, which incorporates a 400-year old blacksmith’s forge and newly built community centre. Here, John McEvoy and ceili dancing colleagues will present an informal performance, with a welcome tea, coffee and homebakes break.

DATE: SATURDAY 5 MAY

VENUE: BEAULIEU HOUSE AND GARDENS / MONASTERBOICE / DRUMSHALLON FORGE
TIME: 10AM (BUS FROM HIGHLANES GALLERY, LAURENCE STREET)
TICKETS: €20