1) SHORT OUTING REPORT – Digging up the Raj tour on Saturday 21st May with Shabnam Vasisht

The Digging up the Raj tour led by Shabnam Vasisht pointed out the graves of the Irish and other people who are now buried in Deansgrange cemetery. These people served in India during British rule, which started as the East India Company from the 1600s and operated in India like a private company with its own armies. Then after the Indian Mutiny in 1847 its rule was replaced by ‘the Raj’ in 1858. Great wealth was made by many who served in India during these times.

Shabnam told us of the  occupants of many graves who had defended the Crown through wars and mutinies, administered in the Indian Civil Service, or converted sun-worshipping heathens to ‘muscular Christianity’. Some names are recognisable in India but unknown in Ireland. We heard the stories of these people from the perspective of how they kept India under the control of the British Empire until the various countries gained their independence – Afghanistan in 1919, Nepal in 1923, India and Pakistan in 1947 and   Burma in 1948.


WHEN– Saturday 11th June 2022 @ 11:00 a.m.

Meet at the car park at Booterstown’s Church of the Assumption, off Booterstown Avenue  at 11:00 a.m. Comfortable walking footwear is recommended for this relatively level walkabout.

Explore the history of the Booterstown Area on a two hour walk with our guide Michael Hughes.

Booterstown is shown on maps from the 1700s as “Butterstown”, as it was then the source of agricultural produce for Dublin City dwellers and for the local population. The Irish name is Bháile an Bhóthair (“the Town of the Road”) with its landmark “Punch Bowl” ale and coach house at the junction of Booterstown Avenue and the ancient coastal Rock Road of south County Dublin.

This walk will include an insight into some of the influential residents of Booterstown in the past century including families such as La Touche, Fitzgerald, DeValera, O’Higgins, Roche, Gleeson, Lysaght and O’Hora.  Visited locations will highlight the continuing evolution of this area with religious, educational, historic, cultural and political significance over the past three hundred years.

As part of this walk the area of “The lost village of Williamstown” will be shown and also a small section of the original St. Helen’s House estate will be visited.

This two-hour walking tour will finish at 13:00 hours outside Gleeson’s of Booterstown Avenue.

ALL DAY OUTING –  Wednesday 15 June 2022 – via Train to Athlone

Depart on 145 bus OR the Dart AND/OR Luas to arrive at Heuston Train Station by 9:00 am. OR park your car at Heuston Station cost €8.50 for the day.

We travel by the 9:25am train to arrive in Athlone at 10:51. We will have to bring our own morning tea/coffee as no catering trolly is available on the trains post Covid. We then head to Athlone Castle for a 11:00 am guided tour. Cost €7 (OAP rate) €10 standard price.

We plan to lunch at The Bailey at 12:40 p.m. We will have a choice of items depending on people’s preferences from €20 to €25 for 2 or 3 courses with Tea/ Coffee extra.

After lunch at 13:45 p.m. we then take the 14:00 Viking Boat tour, cost €15, and hear the interesting tales from this area of Lough Ree. This will take about one and a half hours.

After the tour we can visit the Church, Sean’s Bar (the oldest pub in Ireland) or the Luan Gallery in the area.

The total cost is expected to be between   €50 to €55, depending on lunch option taken, payable as we go along on the day.

For knowing expected numbers please e-mail: – info@foxrocklocalhistory.ie