A Pilgrimage to Ireland
Moderate – High
Join Fr. Paul- Michael Piega on this unforgettable 10 Day Journey to Ireland!
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Upon arrival in Dublin, we’ll enjoy a tour of Ireland’s capital. We will begin with a main thoroughfare of O’Connell Street. We’ll see the General Post Office (GPO), the Custom House, and Phoenix Park. This part of the city is also dominated by Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells, a splendidly illuminated version of the Christian Gospels. We’ll also explore Christchurch Cathedral, site of Dublin’s first wooden church. Then we’ll begin a tour of the Guinness Brewery before enjoying some free time to further explore the city before checking into our hotel and enjoying Dinner and an overnight stay. Overnight: Dublin (D
This morning we depart Dublin continuing to County Cork. We will see the Rock of Cashel, which contains one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art. We continue on to Blarney’s Castle, one of Ireland’s oldest and most famous castles. Surrounding the castle are extensive gardens with paths along the grounds. Cork is the day’s final destination where we’ll stop for dinner and an overnight stay. Overnight: Cork (B, D)
Our day will begin with a tour of beautiful Cork city, a major Irish seaport. We’ll explore the English Market or properly named Princes Street Market. As we head for Killarney, we’ll stop by Gougane Barra, whose name derives from St. Finbarr. Today, Gougane Barra is best known for its fine forest park which sports many roads and walking paths, and is home to many animals and bird species. We’ll enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Killarney. Overnight: Killarney (B, D)
How Many Loved Your Moments of Glad Grace, And Loved Your Beauty with Love False or True, But One Man Loved the Pilgrim Soul in You, And Loved the Sorrows of Your Changling Face (William Butler Yeats): Today we travel to The Dingle Peninsula, famous for its Christian churches. The road around the peninsula passes through Slieve Mish and allows us to admire Iveragh Peninsula and Rossbeigh Beach. As we drive around the coast to Slea Head, we’ll have a dramatic view of Basket Islands. We will also see in the distance the rocky Skellig islands where the ruins of an early Christian Monastery can be found. We travel to the excavated monastery at Riask and dwellings at Fahan. Finally, we explore the impressive Gallarus Oratory, an early Christian monument built in the shape of an upturned boat and was used as a place for prayer and reflection. We enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in a hotel in the Kerry area.
Overnight: Kerry Area (B, D)
Burren Is A Country Where There Is Not Enough Water to Drown A Man, Wood Enough to Hang One, Nor Earth Enough to Bury Him… And Yet Their Cattle Are Very Fat; For the Grass Growing in Turfs of Earth, Of Two- or Three-Foot Square, That Lie Between the Rocks, Which Are of Limestone, Is Very Sweet and Nourishing (Edmund Ludlow, 1651-52): Today we travel by car ferry from Tarbert to the Clare shore at Killimer. Our drive along the coast will thrill us as we behold the Cliffs of Moher, which in 2009 were named one of 28 global finalists in the “New Seven Wonders of Nature.” We then make our way to Galway through the Burren Region. We will stop at at Corcomroe Abbey, once known as “St. Mary of the Fertile Rock” to appreciate its detailed carvings and other rich ornamentation.Corcomroe Abbey lies close to another interesting monastic settlement, a group of three small early Christian Churches which nestle in the pass of Oughtmana and which are dedicated to St. Colman. At the end of a memorable day, we find ourselves in Galway for dinner and an overnight stay.
Overnight: Galway (B, D
We Must Laugh and We Must Sing, We Are Blest by Everything, Everything We Look Upon Is Blest (William Butler Yeats): Today we depart Galway to the Connemara Region, consisting of a broad peninsula. Today we’ll see beautiful
Lough Corrib, then proceed westward through Maam Cross to the village Leenane and Kylemore Abbey. Main areas of interest include the Abbey, the Gothic Church, the Victorian Walled Gardens, and much more. Later, we will enjoy a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock before returning to Galway for dinner and an overnight stay. Overnight: Galway (B, D)
Today, we’ll enjoy a tour of Galway. Points of interest may include Lynch’s Castle, St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, and Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven. We’ll journey on to Clonmacnoise where there is much to see, including ruins of churches, the largest of which is the Cathedral. Originally standing in front of the Cathedral is the remarkable Cross of the Scriptures. Also preserved in the museum and replaced with a replica in its original position is the South Cross. The North Cross, dates from about 800, but only the shaft and base survive. We’ll continue to Dublin for dinner and an overnight stay.
Overnight: Dublin (B, D)
We Appeal to You, Holy Servant Boy, To Come and Walk Among Us (From the People Near the Wood of Foclut As They Cried Out with One Voice to St. Patrick According to His Account of a Vision a Few Years After Returning Home After Being Held Captive as a Slave. He Wrote That His Faith Grew in Captivity, And That He Prayed Daily): Our travel this morning takes us through Boyne Valley, a complex of tombs, and prehistoric enclosures. Next we visit the Silverstream Monastery before continuing to the Abbey of Kells, a former monastery located in Kells, County Meath. In the churchyard, we’ll find the Round Tower and several of the High Crosses. The day’s last stop is Mellifont Abbey, the first Cistercian abbey to be built in Ireland. We return once more to Dublin where we will enjoy a choral performance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral before our Farewell Dinner and last stay in Ireland. Overnight: Dublin (B, D)
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