IRELAND'S REVOLUTIONARY TOUR

THE HISTORY OF REVOLUTION IN IRELAND

This tour takes in locations, points of interest and memorials of Revolutions that took place in Ireland over the past 250 years.

The tour will cover The United Irishmen Rebellion, Young Irelander Rebellion, Fenian Rising, Easter Rising, War of Independence, Civil War and The war in the North of Ireland.

Day 1

On our first day, we will focus on the United Irishmen Rebellions between 1798 to 1803. Our day begins at the National History Museum, here we will get an overview of what led to these rebellions. Next, we will visit the Croppy acre, it is traditionally believed that the men of the 1798 rebellion were buried here after execution. We will then travel to Bodenstown, Co.Kildare to the resting place of Wolfe Tone. Wolfe Tone was one of the leaders of the 1798 Rebellion and is regarded as the father of Irish republicanism. Next, we travel south to Vinegar Hill in County Wexford. this is where an engagement during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 took place. Over 10,000 crown forces launched an attack on Vinegar Hill which was then occupied by over 20,000 rebels and camp followers. We will visit the 1798 Centre and meet the key figures of the Rebellion, participate in the state of the art 4D battle of Vinegar Hill Experience.

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Day 2

We begin our second day vising the Warhouse in Ballingarry, South Tipperary. During the Great Hunger the 'Warhouse' was the scene of the 1848 Rebellion. Here rebels besieged 47 policemen who had barricaded themselves into the McCormack farmhouse. On our way to Cork City we will stop at various roadside Monuments, including; The Fenian Memorial in Ballyhurst and The Memorial to the Soloheadbeg ambush, this was the first action taken by the IRA and is considered the start of the War of Independence. We then arrive in Cork City, we will take a tour of the City's Revolutionary past and take a tour of Cork Gaol, this Gaol once housed revolutionary’s from the 1840s, 1860s, 1880s, 1900s, 1920s.

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Day 3

Our third day we will cross into the neighbouring County Kerry. At our first stops we will see the Monuments dedicated to IRA men involved in ambushes during The War of Independence, these locations are Crossbarry, Kilmichael and Coolavokig. As we enter Kerry we will stop at two more Monuments dedicated to IRA men killed in the civil war, these are at Countess Bridge and Ballyseedy. We will then take a tour of Tralee's revolutionary past, followed by a visit to the County Museum. Here we can see the Rodger Casement Exhibition, Rodger Casement attempted to land arms in Kerry for the Easter Rising. We will also visit the monument dedicated to him on Banna Strand, the location where he came ashore.

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Day 4

We will now head back to the capital and there we will focus on The 1916 Easter Rising and the events that led to the rising including the 1913 Dublin lockout. We will begin the day by taking a tour of key battle location of the Rising. After this we will take a tour of Kilmainham Gaol, it is here that 14 of the leaders were executed and many more were interned. In the afternoon, we will take a tour of both Arbour Hill and Glasnevin Cemetery, between these two places most of the Easter Rising casualties are buried. Glasnevin Cemetery is where many more Irish Revolutionaries are laid to rest.

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Day 5

On our last day we will travel to the North of Ireland, it is in the region that the latest bout of revolution took place. In Belfast we will learn about recent political conflicts and how many Irish men and women continued the struggle for Irish freedom. This struggle is depicted by murals on the walls of buildings. However not all the murals are depicting Irish politics, there are also murals depicting global revolutionary causes for example; the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Spanish Civil War and other campaigns, past and present.

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For more information on this tour, accomadation and price

Private Hire From €300 Per Day

We booked Keltic Irish Tours in July 2016 for a 10 day tour around the whole country plus Northern Ireland. Dominic arranged our B&Bs, told us so much about the history, culture, and people of Ireland, and provided services over and above what we expected! He took us to places we chose based on our interest in ancient sites, castles, battle sites, land formations, etc. and to some places he knew about but we didn't. I highly recommend Keltic Irish Tours, if you really want to experience Ireland and its people!

Denise DeLeebeeck

Main Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry
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