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The Historic Metallurgy of Killarney, May 2022

Organised by Paul Rondelez

Historical Metallurgy Society excursion to Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (6 to 8 May 2022)

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Killarney in Co. Kerry is not only located in one of the most scenic areas of Ireland, it also has a varied metal producing history. Famous are the Bronze age copper mines at Ross Island excavated by Prof. W. O’Brien. The same ore bodies were worked again in the Early Medieval period and in the 18th and 19th centuries. Less well-known are 18th century blast furnaces for smelting iron ore, two in the immediate area and more further afield.


The 3-day HMS excursion to Ireland aims to combine visits to these known and some newly discovered sites with talks on local metal production and aspects of prehistoric and medieval metal manufacturing processes. And especially, to meeting each other once again in a beautiful setting with potent Irish after-dinner entertainment.


There are two accommodation options for which we have reduced rates, both are close to each other and the train and bus stations:

Each of these has two room type options, see below.

Get there and away

Cork is the obvious airport to fly into to get to Killarney but, with longer travelling times, Dublin and Shannon can be used as well. From Cork Airport, a short bus ride needs to be taken into town to the main bus station where there are regular bus services to Killarney (c. 1h45)

Costs per person (in pounds)

Included: accommodation, breakfast (light in hostel), mid-day lunch, evening meals, transport in and around Killarney, talks

Not included: transport to and from Killarney, drinks.

Accommodation type Room type 3 nights (Thu – Sat) 2 nights (Fri – Sat)
Hotel Double/Twin room 310 240
Single occupancy 465 355
Hostel Twin 205 155

(6 bed)

180 135

These prices are for HMS members and their family/partners. Non-members should add the cost of year’s basic Membership to the above, or better still,  join HMS from

If you have any questions, please contact Paul (

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