Day 10: Monday, July 2nd -after a full Irish breakfast we’ll check-out of The Bunratty Castle Hotel and be on the road by 10am. We stop at one of the nine Catholic Churches in Limerick. On our way to Cashel we’ll drive through Limerick and Tipperary! Saint Patrick crowned Brian Boru the first High King of Ireland on the Rock of Cashel. After touring this Tenth Century castle we’ll Head South to Blarney. The famous Blarney Stone is on the grounds of Blarney Castle. We have time to wander the Castle gardens and Kiss the Blarney Stone. Tonight our hotel is The Blarney Hotel Golf and Spa Resort. (bring your swim trunks) Dinner will be at the hotel .
Day 9: Sunday, July 1st - This morning we will take a short drive to Church. We are going to attend Wells Church, in Ballycunneen. We will return to The Bunratty Castle Hotel for breakfast. The balance of the day is free time to explore and enjoy all that Bunratty offers. The Bunratty Castle and Bunratty Folk Park are included in your package. You could easily spend the day in the Park. 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 (look but don’t buy, we are there Tomorrow!)
Dinner tonight is at the world famous Durty Nelly’s!
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Day 12: Wednesday, July 4th -after mass and a full Irish Breakfast we will check out of The Blarney Hotel Golf and Spa Resort and be off to the medieval town of Kilkenny. We will stay the night at ‘The River Court Hotel’. Tonight we are on our own to explore the many pubs and night spots within arm’s length of our hotel. Your guide will escort you to the infamous “Hole in The Wall Pub” The oldest pub in Kilkenny, with the smallest bar and the biggest hole! Dinner tonight will be at ‘The River Court Hotel’.
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Day 3: Monday, June 25 – after a well needed sleep-in and a full breakfast! We’ll meet for morning mass with Fr. Murphy. We’ll board our coach and cross the border into Northern Ireland. Our first stop will be at Titanic Belfast. We'll spend the day at "Titanic Belfast". This great interactive museum is the most visited location in Europe. It was named Europe's Leading Visitor Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards. More recently in 2017 it was named The World’s Best Tourist sight! Titanic Belfast is a self-guided experience through nine state of the art, interactive galleries detailing the entire Titanic story in chronological order. After seeing how the wealthy of the last century traveled, we will go to downtown Belfast and have a drink in luxury. You will experience the feel of an 1820 pub at “The Crown Liquor Saloon”. This pub famed for its décor features Carved-mahogany booths, etched-glass, plus 1800 gas lamps. It’s owned by the National Trust. I won’t put it in writing but I’ll tell you what I was told when we’re on the coach! We’ll return to Dundalk for dinner at "McGeough's Bar"
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Day 14: Friday, July 6th -after a full Irish Breakfast at The Gresham Hotel, We will have an early mass and head for the airport. We will supply you with transportation from the hotel to Dublin Airport. Our flight to Newark and BWI leaves Dublin early afternoon, you need to be checked in 2hr. before the flight. You will clear customs and immigration at the Dublin Airport. Our flight lands at BWI mid afternoon. This afternoon we will fly home to the land of the free and the home of the brave. We will take with us a hundred thousand memories that will last a lifetime.
Day 6: Thursday, June 28th -after a Full Irish Breakfast we will check out of The Sligo City hotel. We will stop for a quick service at the Sligo Cathedral. Our destination is Swinford in County Mayo. On the way we will stop at ‘The Museum of Country Life’ on the beautiful grounds and gardens of Turlough Park. The museum is a must for those of us with an interest in Irish living conditions is ‘The Museum of Country Life’. With exhibitions spread over four floors, you’ll see how the people of rural Ireland lived in the hundred years between the Great Famine and the end of the 1950s. Our final stop of the day will be at the "Foxford Woolen Mills" for a bit of shopping. Dinner tonight is at The Gateway Hotel. The Gateway is a small country bouquet hotel. It’s close to Westport, and Castlebar, and most importantly it around the corner from a real Irish pub, Boland’s Bar. Your tour guide will buy you your first pint at Boland’s.
Day 7: Friday, June 29th -We have a full Irish Breakfast and have Father Murphy say mass at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Swinford. We are going to the award winning town of Westport. We will stop in the picturequest town of Westport to explore! You will enjoy the many quaint shops and pubs. There are specialty shops on every street and down every alley! The pubs are meeting places that have inspired poets and musicians for centuries. A visit to Matt Molloy's Bar is a must! Matt Molloy won several 'Grammy's' playing the flute with the 'The Chieftains'. We’ll travel to Croagh Patrick and view the path that thousands take on hands and knees to the top of the mountain each year. We’ll have a photo shoot at the statue of St. Patrick and at “The Great Famine National Monument” at the foot of Croagh Patrick. After being inspired , we'll leave for Achill Island. We will enjoy a driven tour of Achill Island. We'll stop on Atlantic Drive for a photo opp. Then drive to Keel where we will enjoy Dinner at the Achill Cliff House.
Our friend Mason Sebastian at "The Hole in The Wall Pub" Kilkenny Ireland.
Day 13, continued: Handweavers' establish 1723. Some of our travelers have said Avoca is more stylish than other mills. Avoca is also where the BBC filmed Ballykissangel the popular PBS TV show about Irish life. While in Avoca you'll have time to be a patron at Fitzgerald's Pub. When we get to Dublin, We'll take a drive around the city center to see some of the important public buildings such as Trinity College, the General Post Office, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle. We will say goodbye to our coach and driver today. Note: It is customary to Tip the Driver. The driver’s tip is not part of your package. The recommended tip is 5 Euros per day per person. If you liked him Tip him! If you didn’t, not tipping will show your dislike! We will give you little envelops so you can be as discreet as you wish! Tonight we stay at "The Gresham Hotel"! We will meet in the lobby at 6:00. We will be taking a private coach to “Taylor Three Rocks” for the BEST Irish Show anywhere. Dinner is included with the show at Taylor's Three Rocks.
The Pyramid in Neale Co. Mayo
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Admission to Newgrange.
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Day 1: Saturday, June 23rd 2018 - Our tour starts at BWI Airport. We'll catch a flight to Newark NJ where we will board a Aer Lingus flight to Dublin.
Day 4: Tuesday, June 26th – after breakfast we will check out of our hotel and attend a local service at Saint Patrick’s Church. Today’s destination is Sligo. On the way, we will stop at The Giant's Causeway and learn to believe in Finn McCool and the Scottish giant Benandonner. We'll stop in Derry and take a walking tour of the historic wall of Derry. We’ll cross the border into Donegal. We will spend the night at The Sligo City Hotel. Tonight dinner is at our hotel.
Day 2: Sunday, June 24th – we arrive in Dublin on Sunday morning. After collecting our luggage and clearing customs, we will be met by our coach and driver. Our first stop will be to gives thanks for a safe and enjoyable trip at Saint Sylvester's Church in Malahide. After Mass we’ll visit the Malahide Castle and Gardens. After a tour of the Malahide castle (that was owned by the Talbot family for 800 years) we are off to Newgrange. Newgrange a Newalithic built 3,000 years before the pyramids. After a stop at the Hill of Tara we have a short ride to our first hotel. For the next 2 nights we will be staying at, “The Crowne Plaza Hotel’ in Dundalk. The Crown Plaza is convenient to do our day trips from our hotel. Tonight we’ll have dinner at the fourteen below bar in the hotel.
Day 11: Tuesday, July 3rd – after a full Irish breakfast at The Blarney Hotel we will board our coach to attend mass at The Church of the Resurrection, in Blarney. After mass we will visit Kinsale.
Anne, our history guide will be on this tour. Anne will speak on the coach about Irish history. She has the ability to make a complicated subject simple enough that we Americans get a better grasp Irish history.
The battle of Kinsale was the ultimate battle in England's conquest of Gaelic Ireland, commencing in October 1601, near the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and at the climax of the Nine Years War campaign by the O’Neills and O’Donnells and other Irish lords against English rule. In this century the bloodshed is but a distance memory. The battle of Kinsale has been replaced with a pleasant harbor view with: Shops, Bistros and Pubs. We will enjoy a stroll in Kinsale and maybe stop for a pint of Murphy’s Irish Stout. Then it’s back on the coach, we’re going to Cobh. The Titanic’s last stop was Cobh! A statue of Annie Moore and her two brothers stand silently on the dock looking to America. An exact replica is in the New York Harbor looking back toward Ireland. The song, “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears” is about Annie Moore. We will visit the 'The Cobh Heritage Center'. If your family emigrated from Ireland, they most likely left from Cobh. We will have dinner at “Blair’s Inn” in Blarney. Then we’ll return to The Blarney Hotel Golf and Spa Resort for an opportunity to buy your tour leader a drink in the hotel’s bar.
Durty Nelly's Next to Bunratty Castle
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Day 13: Thursday, July 5th - after mass we’ll have breakfast at the River Court Hotel and walk 100 yards to the Kilkenny Castle. The Kilkenny Castle is one of the most impressive castles in Ireland. We will enjoy a personal tour of the Castle and its gardens. Or you have the option to skip the castle and tour the Smithwick’s Brewery just down the street! After your choice of tours we will be off to Dublin. On the way to Dublin we’ll stop at Avoca. Avoca is home to the world renown Avoca Woolen Mills A.K.A. 'Avoca
Day 8: Saturday, June 30th - after mass and a full Irish breakfast we’ll check out of the Gateway Hotel and head south to Cong (We’ll Leave the hotel about 9:00am today). In Neale from the coach, you will view Ireland’s only pyramid. It was built in the eighteenth century by the first Baron of Kilmaine, John Brown! It was built to remember his dog or his brother Sir. George (there is still speculation if he built it for his dog or his brother!). (We’ll arrive in Cong about 10:00am) Cong is the village where John Wayne starred in ‘The Quiet Man’. We’ll take about a half hour and do a walking tour of Cong. (We’ll leave Cong at 11:00am) Then it’s off to Galway. With Thursday’s traffic we’ll arrive in Galway about 12:30pm in time for a late lunch and some sightseeing by foot. (We’ll visit Galway for about two and a half hours.) We’ll leave Galway about 3:00pm we will travel through Gort to avoid the traffic in the Burren. We’ll arrive at the ‘Cliffs of Moher’ between 4:30 and 5pm. With the proper mix of the wind and the sea, you will witness breath taking views of Mother Nature from 702 feet above the sea. Mother Nature will decide how long we stay at the cliffs! Today’s final destination is an hour away. We arrive at ‘The Bunratty Castle Hotel’. You’ll have time to check-in and freshen up before our 7:00pm Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle.
Day five: Wednesday June 27th - after mass at the Sligo Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception this morning, we’ll have a leisurely breakfast and enjoy conversations with locals over coffee. Early this afternoon we’ll board our coach and visit Yeat’s grave and stop and shop in Donegal Town. We’ll visit Donegal Castle After a afternoon of history and shopping, we will tour Belleek. After the Belleek tour we’ll have the opportunity to purchase Belleek at discount prices! We will return to Sligo for dinner at Hargadon Bros. (restaurant and pub)!