Weekend in Berlin: 12 – 15 May 2017

On Friday 12th May, fifteen members and guests travelled to Berlin with the Travel Department for our second trip abroad. We were met at Berlin Tegal airport by the Travel Department representative who accompanied the group to the 3*** Leonardo Hotel Berlin, which is located in the Charlottenburg area, a good location to explore the […]

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Curvilinear Houses in the National Botanic Gardens – 8th March 2017

Dr Matthew Jebb, the director of the National Botanic Gardens, took 25 members of the TRA on a fascinating tour of the world famous Turner Curvilinear Range of greenhouses at the Botanic Garden on a beautifully sunny spring morning. Among other things we learnt how ‘greenhouses’ got their name (glass in the 1850’s was coloured […]

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Hidden Dublin Walk – 24th January 2017

Over 30 members of the Association enjoyed a special treat exploring Hidden Dublin north of the Liffey.  Once again Frank Treacy was our guide and he brought us on this historical ramble which started at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Parnell Square where an exhibition of the finest works of Ireland’s renowned stained-glass artists – […]

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GPO Witness History Exhibition – 11th January 2017

On Wednesday January 11th, Thirty four members and their friends met in Wynn’s Hotel for coffee and chat, before making our way across to the GPO for a guided tour of the Witness History Exhibition, at noon. The guided tour was interesting and gave us a glimpse to Dublin in the year 1916. The exhibition […]

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Christmas Commons – 8th December 2016

Twenty-two members and their guests enjoyed convivial company and an excellent dinner at Christmas Commons in the Dining Hall on Thursday 8 December.  The Common Room held their annual Christmas Carol charity evening and we were kindly invited to come along after Commons and join in with the festivities with a glass or two of […]

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Walking Group – Firhouse Weir – 5th December 2016

Eighteen walkers turned out for the walk to Firhouse Weir on 5th December.  This was a relatively easy walk on the flat, partly along the Dodder.  We saw the weir which was originally built in 1244 by the monks of St Thomas (based  in Thomas Street in Dublin) to boost the water supply of the […]

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Birdwatching in Booterstown Marsh, 21st November 2016

There were about 20 people in the group that met in Booterstown on Monday 21st November for our first birdwatching event. It was freezing cold so everyone was well wrapped up and trying to stay out of the wind!  Aidan Kelly was the group leader and set up his telescope to give us close up […]

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Visit to Irish Architectural Archive – 16th November 2016

Eddie McParland, Pro-Chancellor, Fellow Emeritus and lecturer in the Department of History of Art, and Colum O’Riordan, CEO of the Archive welcomed twenty-two members of the Association to the Archive which was established by Eddie and Nicholas Robinson in 1976 to collect and preserve material of every kind relating to the architecture of the entire […]

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Exhibitions Visit – Tuesday 1st November 2016

Our walk of Hidden Dublin had to be postponed but instead we visited two exhibitions in the National Gallery of Ireland and in the Po-Cathedral.  Frank Tracy led us around the exhibition in the NGI and gave us an introduction to the paintings in the exhibition which was entitled Creating History.  We had lunch in […]

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Walking Group – Massy’s Wood, 13th October 2016

A heavy downpour in the early morning deterred some of our participants so a smaller than usual group walked around Massy’s Wood led by Frank Tracy.  We were fortunate in that we only had to shelter once for five minutes or so.  Frank was entertaining as usual and also full of information about the estate, […]

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