Assembly point for this day tour by vintage bus will be Connolly Station at 09.30. Our bus driver will be Ian Molloy.

The first port-of-call will be the picturesque Vale of Avoca, where we will view the remains of the once extensive copper mining industry. There will be a stop for refreshments at Avoca Handweavers.

Proceeding on to Arklow, we will pass the site of Nitrogen Eireann Teo, before visiting the Maritime Museum in Arklow. There will be a walking tour of the site of the Kynoch Munitions Factory at the North Beach.

Continuing on to Courtown, where we plan to visit the remains of the Brick, Tile and Pipe Works before having a late lunch in the town.

After lunch, we will visit the Courtown Harbour and Canal system constructed to ensure a supply of coal for the brick factory.

It is planned that the bus will return us to Connolly Station no later than 19.00.

There will be a charge of €25 for transport, payable on the day to the Treasurer. Payment for Light refreshments and Lunch will be at the discretion of the members and guests. There will be an extra fee of €5 payable by non-members.

Please register for the tour by email to or phone 086 839 3297.


Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland Awards for 2018 were held on the 26th February – a summary and award recipients details can be read by clicking here.