CIMS Outing to the Boyne Valley  
  An Eaglais   An Eaglais  

On a sunny Saturday afternoon in June 47 members travelled by coach and a further five by car on an Outing to the Boyne Valley

After collecting members in Belfast, Lisburn, Portadown and Armagh we proceeded south of Castleblayney to the An Eaglais Visitor Centre in a former Presbyterian Church where we stopped for coffee and scones. A number of members enjoyed viewing the local railway artefacts in the Monaghan County Museum housed on the balcony.

From there we progressed to Collon Parish Church for a Service of Holy Communion. Dr Evans told us that this church will always be associated with the Foster family and its most celebrated member John Foster, the Speaker of the Irish Parliament, often referred to as Grattan’s Parliament. John Foster, later Lord Oriel, in cooperation with Dr Beauford, the then Rector, built the present church as a miniature reproduction of the Chapel in King’s College, Cambridge. The first Service in the new church was held on 17 September 1815. On entering the church one is immediately struck by the ceiling, beautifully groined, the work having been carried out by William Edgeworth, brother of Maria Edgeworth, the famous Anglo-Irish writer. The Service of Holy Communion was celebrated by the Revd Joyce Moore assisted by the Rector, Revd Michael Graham
AnEaglais interior


Collon Parish Church Collon Church interior
  From Collon the outing to the Boyne Valley continued with a visit to the Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre at New Grange where we had a lunch of soup and sandwiches.
The Passage Tombs at New Grange. were constructed 5000 years ago, and are therefore older than the Pyramids in Egypt. After having lunch we had time to walk around the exhibition before viewing a film explaining the position of the sun at different times of the day and year. we then progressed into a mock-up of the passage where a demonstration was given of how the light enters the tomb through a narrow slot above the entrance.

Lunch at Bru na Boinne 
   The final visit of the day was to the recently opened Battle of the Boyne Visitors’ Centre in Oldfield House. Here displays show the commanders  preparing for battle, then the relative troop movements are explained on a landscape model using laser displays. After viewing further exhibits we entered a small cinema for a film of a re-enactment of the battle.

Our coach then brought us to Fitzpatrick's near Ballymascanlon for our evening meal before returning to Belfast.
  Fitzpatricks   Evening meal