Day 4 - Tuesday, April 28th After a Full Irish breakfast, we’ll check out and leave at 9 and head North along the Atlantic Ocean to the hustle and bustle of the university city of Galway. Known as, “The City of the Tribes” Galway is a Medieval city that was granted permission by the English King to be walled in 1484; a large portion of the wall can still be seen along with its history in the Eyre Square Shopping Center. We’ll arrive in Galway at about 10:15 and leave at 1:30. We each will enjoy 3 hours on our own to discover the uniqueness of Galway. Again, your guide will orient you to the numerous sights to see in Galway which include: “Shop St”, three blocks of pedestrians only” wandering among traditional, Irish specialty shops; Galway City Market (Church La. Off of Shop St) a unique, centuries-old, open-air market where you can visit is it the local artisans’ stalls or grab lunch al fresco; Galway City Museum near the Spanish Gate (admission is free) to learn more about Galway’s history; or find a good pub for lunch like, 'The King’s Head'. We’ll leave Galway and travel the N67 to Cong.
Cong is an ancient and odd village surrounded by water with a modern claim to fame: ‘The Quiet Man’ starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara . was filmed here. It is also home to the World renowned Ashford Castle and grounds. Your guide will lead a casual, walking tour of the old Abbey grounds for those who are interested in the famous and infamous figures from tiny Cong’s history. Or simply come along to enjoy the serenity of a once sacred landscape. (We’ll leave Cong at 3:30 and head to our final destination, The Sligo Park Hotel where we will be for the next two nights.
On the way, we will pass through Neale, home of Ireland’s only step pyramid. You will view it from the coach. It was built in the eighteenth century by the first Baron of Kilmaine, John Brown to remember his dog… or his brother Sir. George (there is still speculation if he built it for his dog or his brother!).
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Day 6 - Thursday, April 30, 2020 After a full Irish Breakfast, we will check out of, The Sligo Park Hotel about 10 am and head south to, 'The Wyatt Hotel' in the lovely town of Westport, County Mayo. Our first stop will be the Foxford Woolen Mills' where you can find great buys on area products and learn the inspiring story of the woman who founded the woolen mill in 1892. Then a short stop at the nearby, 'Holy Shrine at Knock'. In the Afternoon we will stop in Swinford and buy a drink at Boland’s Bar. Boland's is what the Irish call a, “Local”. Boland’s is a Pub that, "With the right reasons", could become an Irish habit! Hint, Patrick has visited Boland’s annually since 1960. Being a true, traditional Irish pub, food has never been served, but the Guinness is perfect‘The Museum of Country Life’. The museum is on the beautiful grounds and gardens of Turlough Park estate. The Museum of Country Life has exhibitions spread over four floors, which give a glimpse how the people of rural Ireland lived in the hundred years between the Great Famine and the end of the 1950s. By contrast, the original 19th century, Irish Gothic manor house shows us how the landowners lived. You may also want to visit the Victorian greenhouse, gift shop and café for a scone and tea. A short drive to Westport and we check into the Wyatt Hotel. Dinner is at our hotel tonight at 6:30.
Day 9 - Sunday, May 3rd The morning is yours and for those who wish to attend, there will be a 10 am Family Mass at nearby Tullamore Catholic church and you have time explore the town or just relax. Then at 1:30 we leave on a very short coach ride through the oldest, deepest forests of Charleville Demesne to the Most Haunted Castle in Ireland, Charleville Castle 1pm. We have a private, guided tour of the castle and thank goodness the summer days stay light ‘til late because even the guides won't stay after dark! Charleville Castle has a reputation as the “most haunted castle and grounds in Europe”. It appeared on Living TV's “Most Haunted “and Fox's, “Scariest Places on Earth”. It also was featured on,” Ghost Hunters International”. The most frequently seen of these ghosts is that of a little girl called Harriet, who died after a fall in a staircase. Whether it was a fall or whether she was thrown is the source of why she still appears. It has also been visited by numerous paranormal investigators and psychics.To steady our nerves after Charleville, we visit Tullamore D.E.W. Distillery for a tour and a tasting at Tullamore D.E.W. 3:30 of what we think is Ireland’s best whiskey. The distillery was built on, "The Grand Canal”, a Public Works Project started in 1757 to provide Guinness Brewery and other merchants in Dublin a cheap means of access to the Shannon River and distribution of goods to the west of Ireland. Dinner tonight is a short ride from our hotel to the award-winning, ‘Sirocco’s Restaurant’ 6:30 pm. It’s the best Italian restaurant we have ever found in Ireland.
Day 1 - Saturday, April 25th, 2020 we will meet at 'The Prince of Peace Church's parking lot and at 5:00 pm we will be taken by luxury coach to Philadelphia International Airport, where we will catch our overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland. The people that took advantage of the opportunity to book their own airfare will unite with the group on Sunday at Dublin Airport. If you are booking your own Airfare, be sure you land in Dublin before 8:55 am on Sunday, April 26th. You must be at the Dublin Airport prior to the arrival of the Group.
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Day - 10 Monday, May 4th after a full Irish breakfast, we’ll Check-out of, our hotel. It's a short drive to 'The Rock of Cashel'. According to local mythology, the Rock of Cashel originated in the Devil's Bit, a mountain 20 miles (30 km) north of Cashel when St. Patrick banished Satan from a cave, resulting in the Rock's landing in Cashel. Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century. The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion. In 1101, the King of Munster, Muirchertach Ua Briain, donated his fortress on the Rock to the Church. The picturesque complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. Few remnants of the early structures survive; the majority of buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries. Our hotel tonight will be The Clayton Hotel in Leopardstown, Dublin.
Day 7 - Friday, May 1st After a full Irish breakfast at the hotel, we will have time to relax and wander through the lovely town of Westport on your own. We will leave the hotel about 1: pm and drive 8 short miiles to, 'Ballintubber Abbey', (1:45-3:30)“The Church that refused to die!” Catholic mass has been said here daily since its founding in 1216. However, at this site 800 years earlier St. Patrick baptized the Irish at the pagan Druidic well for which the town is named. The well is still in existence. We’ll have a private, guided tour and watch a video about the Abbey’s fascinating and terrifying history during Oliver Cromwell’s campaigns against Catholics and the Irish in the 16th century. This afternoon when we leave Ballintubber, we will go to Achill Island. We will enjoy the stunning views of the Atlantic ocean from the Atlantic Coast road. Anne will narrate and explain the unusual flora and environs that are found on Achill. Rhododendron hedges, Fuschia huge calla lilies, and wild rhubarb from Jurassaic Park. If weather conditions are right, Mother Nature will put on quite a show along the drive. We’ll stop along the way and have a photo opportunity on "The Wild Atlantic Way". When we head back across the Michael Davitt Bridge at Achill Sound, it’s a short ride to the Grainne Uaile Pub where we’ll have dinner about 6:30. Once back in Westport, any night-owls in the group can do a very short walk to, 'Matt Molloy's' Pub'. It’s a must for music lovers! Matt Molloy won several 'Grammy's' playing the flute with the 'The Chieftains'. If you have the luck of the Irish, you may actually meet Matt who does frequent the pub.
9 Nights 10 Days, Saturday, April 25th through Tuesday, May 5th 2020
Day 3 - Monday, April 27th After a well-needed rest and a full Irish breakfast at Hotel, you will have the remainder of the day to explore and enjoy all that the village of Bunratty offers as well as 'The Bunratty Castle' and 'Bunratty Folk Park'. Admission to the castle and park are again included in your package. Enjoy the fascinating 15th century castle and the 26 acres on which an 18th-century rural village was completely and authentically reconstructed and re-presented. Since you were only in two rooms of the castle last night, I suggest you trundle up to the ramparts for a view of the area that had once been reserved for the castle’s lords, ladies and defenders! You could easily spend the day in the Park which showcases 30 individual buildings from manor house to a fully licensed pub. This is not Disneyland! Across from the Bunratty Castle is 'The Buttery' a nice pub to have lunch. Next to the Buttery is an outlet for the Blarney Woolen Mills. Dinner tonight is at the world-famous Durty Nelly’s! to the left of the castle.
2 Nights at, 'The Tullamore Court Hotel' in Tullamore.
2 nights at, 'The Radisson Blu Hotel Sligo
2 Nights at the Wyatt Hotel in Westport, Co. Mayo.
2 Nights at a 4-star hotel in Bunratty.
1 Night at 'The Clayton Hotel', County Dublin
Day 2 - Sunday, April, 26th We arrive in Dublin early morning Sunday. After collecting our luggage and clearing customs, we will board our 1st class coach and have breakfast in Ennis. Our next stop will be at 10:15 at the Cliffs of Moher with the breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean from 702 feet above the sea. Mother Nature will decide how long we stay at the cliffs! If you like you can have lunch or a snack at the Café. We’ll leave the Cliffs in time to Check into The Bunratty Castle Hotel. After your settled, you’ll have time to relax in the spacious and comfortable lobby or have a drink at the bar or on the lovely outdoor terrace before dinner. Tonight we’ll be reveling with the lords and ladies who will serve and entertain us as characters at Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet and show.
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Day 5 - Wednesday, April 29thafter a full Irish breakfast at the Sligo Park Hotel, we'll board our luxury coach and enjoy a day trip to the town of Donegal. There are dozens of little shops and friendly pubs to grab lunch. We’ll have free time to stop and shop or pub hop in Donegal Town. We’ll have a private guided tour of, 'Donegal Castle'. After an afternoon of; history, pub hopping and shopping, We’ll return to Sligo town on the way, we'll stop at Yeat's Grave. Dinner will be at, 'Fiddler's Creek Restaurant and Bar' at 6:00 tonight.
Day - 11 Tuesday, May 5th after a full Irish Breakfast we will check-out of the Clayton Hotel and head for the airport. We have a bit of time at the duty-free shop because we must check-in a minimum of two hours before take-off. We’ll leave the land of smiling Irish eyes and take with us a million memories that will last a lifetime. Sad to leave but happy to return to the land of the free and the land of the brave. Back in Philadelphia, the same coach that brought us will take us back to 'The Prince of Peace Parking Lot'
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Day - 10 Monday Evening, May 4th.Tonight is your Last Night in Ireland. We saved the best for Last! Tonight we will have dinner and experience the BEST IRISH SHOW in Ireland at "Taylors 3 Rocks"! Watch the video below!
Day 8 - Saturday, May 2nd a After a full Irish breakfast, we'll check out of The Wyatt Hotel. We’ll board our coach about 9 AM and travel almost due East to the lovely River Shannon and the medieval town of Athlone. A city at the geographic center of Ireland and due to natural features of the geology, also at the center of East-West and North-South routes of trade and seasonal migrations commerce from pre-history. Athlone’s location made it a seat of secular and ecclesiastic power. We’ll be visiting Sean’s Pub, seated at the ancient crossing point of the River Shannon since 900AD. Tourlough O’Connor who we met at Cong and will meet again at Clonmacnoise, built the first wooden castle at the Crossing Point in 1129. The age of the pub has been well documented by the National Museum, Dublin which has many artifacts from the pub on display. In 2004, Guinness Book of Records named Sean’s as the oldest pub in Europe now clocking in at 1,119 years old. Your tour guide, Anne, will buy you lunch and a drink at, Sean's Bar. During lunch, you’ll be regaled, educated, amused and mesmerized by Tim (the senior man in management) who entertains everyone with his lively explanation of how they invented whiskey right on the spot you’re standing. We reluctantly leave Sean’s and now from the secular-to the sacred as we follow the course of the River Shannon South to the major, historic monastic and Christian settlement of Clonmacnoise (founded about 548 by St Kiernan) for our 3:15 audio-visual presentation than our guided tour. Clonmacnoise is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which Pope John Paul II thought significant enough to visit during his visit to Dublin in 1979. We’ll first enjoy a video which recants the significant people and events in the settlement during its1500 year plus history. We’ll than have a short guided tour of the site to include three stone, Celtic crosses (oldest, The Cross of the Scriptures from 900). Then a short ride to the town of Tullamore where we’ll check in to The Tullamore Court hotel for the next two nights. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.