Thursday, November 14, 2013

Barryscourt Castle, East Ferry, Cloyne and the Old Deanery Gardens

East Cork was the destination for the Cork Chapter excursion on 25th May 2013.  Attendees gathered at Barryscourt Castle, near Carrigtohill, where tour guide Robin treated them to an excellent tour of this important building.  Those present explored the 16th century castle which has been sensitively restored and is surrounded by an orchard and herb garden.

The next stop was Holy Trinity Church of Ireland at East Ferry, a beautifully sited building perched on the edge of a wooded inlet.  There the group was welcomed by the Dean, the Very Reverend Alan Marley, and by Dr. Joan Rockley. Dr. Rockley provided a very informative history of the building which was constructed between 1865 and 1867 to the design of William Atkins.  Of particular interest in the church is the exposed polychromatic brickwork and roof trusses.

Then it was on to Ballycotton where a delicious lunch was served at ‘The Herring Gull’ restaurant.  Suitably fortified, the group next visited St. Colman’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Cloyne.  Led by Kevin Hurley and Dr. Alicia St. Leger, members of the group made their way through the flower filled graveyard to examine the exterior of the building before admiring the many interior historic and artistic features.  The cathedral dates to about 1250, but has its origins in a sixth century monastic foundation.  A round tower stands nearby.  The cathedral has been altered many times and was extensively renovated in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Amongst the important memorials is a fine monument to Bishop George Berkeley.

The final destination was The Old Deanery Gardens on the outskirts of Cloyne.  There the Cork Chapter members were given a warm welcome and delicious refreshments by Martin and Janet Edwardes.  The tour of the garden included the attractive pond, magnificent woodland walks and the beautiful walled garden.  For many, though, the highlight was the miniature garden railway!

Thanks to Kevin Hurley for organizing a highly enjoyable outing to the Cloyne area.







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