Led by well-known political historian and broadcaster, Dr Éamon Phoenix, this tour will delve into the late 1700's which witnessed the rise of the United Irishmen. Formed in Belfast in 1791 by Dublin Protestant lawyer, Wolfe Tone and a group of Belfast Presbyterian radicals including Samuel Neilson and Henry Joy McCracken, the movement was inspired by the values French revolution.
Originally a non-violent movement, the United Irishmen were driven underground in 1795 and began to plan an insurrection for an Irish Republic of "Protestant, Catholic land Dissenter". This resulted in the rebellion of 1798 which saw battles for Down as well as the South of Ireland.
9.15 am Departing from Cloona House
Proceeding up to Hannahstown (with is mementos of the Penal Days) to Drumbeg to view the grave of William Gouldie. From Hannahstown to Saintfield to visit the Battle of Saintfield in June 1798. From Saintfield to Killough for lunch.
After lunch to Ardglass to visit Jordan's Castle (linked to 1798) and Ballyhornan (site of the shipwreck associated with the rebellion. Proceeding to Downpatrick to review the life and death of "The Man from God Knows Where". Followed by a brief stop at Ballynahinch, site of the final battle in Ulster
Return time: 4.30 approx.
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