Open House Tours
Event Type: Guided Walking Tours
When: Sunday 31st October
Time: 15:30 - 16:15, 16:00 - 16:45, 16:30 - 17:15
Sunday 31st October 15:30 - 16:15 https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/191998812617
Sunday 31st October 16:00 - 16:45 https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/192002503657
Sunday 31st October 16:30 - 17:15 https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/192003326117
Capacity: 15 people per tour.
Join Open House Limerick on the Open Road and Make a Day of it in Ballingarry for Hallowe’en on Sunday 31st October 2021. Open House Limerick and Ballingarry Development Association have joined forces to bring you a unique Hallowe’en Heritage Tour in Ballingarry.
Each tour commences in the Old Graveyard, Main Street, Ballingarry, where you will see the final resting place of the last man killed in a duel in Limerick, hear the story and see the grave of the daughter of a Liverpool Bishop and the McCarthy Mausoleum.
The McCarthy Mausoleum recently received funding TW @HeritageHubIRE FB @TheHeritageCouncil INS @theheritagecouncil for conservation works, and this impressive tomb with particularly fine example of 19th Stonework is one of our destinations for our tour. The original lead door, still in place, will be sealed after this event, so this is an exceptional opportunity to enter the chamber.
The Hallowe’en Heritage Tour continues on foot to Ballingarry Castle, a medieval L-shaped castle. Soak up the atmosphere and learn about the bloody siege that took place in 1569, the regular ghostly sightings, and the military negotiation techniques of the time. While you’re there, see if you can spot where a cannonball struck the wall.
If you need a little more atmosphere after the OHL Hallowe’en Heritage Tour, why not stay in Ballingarry a little longer to visit the traditional hilltop bonfire to mark Samhain on Knockfierna from 6pm. Bonfire is a 45 minute walk from the village but the bonfire will still be visible from Ballingarry.
Don’t let Donn Fírinne catch you going too far astray on his hill after dark!
Open House Limerick 2021 is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Heritage Council and Limerick City and Council Culture and Arts Office.
Open House Limerick is sponsored by Roadstone and RIAI and supported by the Irish Architecture Foundation, Open House Worldwide and Limerick.ie.