ASA Banquet and Conference 2018
From Consumer Trust to Trade Wars, the Challenge for Agri-Food
Partners of conference delegates and retired ASA members and their partners have once again the opportunity to participate in what promises to be a very enjoyable and unmissable Conference Tour on Friday 7th September. Following a 08:45 departure from Kilashee Hotel, you will travel by luxury coach to Kilmainham, Dublin 8 for a guided tour of Kilmainham Gaol, which is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s. The majority of the Irish leaders in the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were imprisoned there. You will visit many of the restored prison cells, hear of the heart breaking stories of some of the prisoners, before entering the prison yard for a chilling account of where the leaders of the 1916 rising were executed.
Before sitting down for lunch we plan to make a short visit to the nearby War Memorial Gardens, one of the most famous memorial gardens in Europe. These are dedicated to the memory of 49,400 Irish soldiers who died in the 1914 – 1918 war. The gardens are not only a place of remembrance but are also of great architectural interest and beauty. Sunken rose gardens, herbaceous borders and extensive tree planting make for an enjoyable visit to the gardens in any season.
In the afternoon you will get a guided tour of Farmleigh House and Estate, situated on 78 acres in the Phoenix Park. It was purchased by the Office of Public Works on behalf of the Government in June 1999 and developed in order to provide accommodation for visiting dignitaries and guests of the nation, for high level Government meetings and for enjoyment by the public. Edward Cecil Guinness first Earl of Iveagh, the great-grandson of Arthur Guinness, built Farmleigh around a smaller Georgian house in the 1880’s. Many of the artworks and furnishings he collected for Farmleigh remain in the house on loan from the Guinness family to the State. This is a magnificent house and the ASA is delighted to be able to include it in the itinerary.
Our tour bus will then return to Kilashee Hotel, arriving back at about 17:30.
Numbers are strictly limited for this tour and early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment. Tour cost: €25 per person, Pre Registration is required. To register click here or contact the ASA Office.