Day 8 Saturday July 16th Today we visit 'Holy Shrine at Knock'. On a wet dark August evening in 1879,  the villagers of this place had spent the day doing the usual work of the harvest time of the year – gathering winter fuel and fodder. As evening approached, the heavy mist that had been persistent throughout the day, turned to a steady downpour. The villagers gathered around the turf fires in their homes, taking comfort and shelter on a terrible night. 

The witnesses clearly saw the Blessed Virgin Mary dressed in white robes, her hands and eyes turned towards heaven in prayer. On her head was a gold crown and where the crown fitted the brow, a single golden rose. On her right, bowed respectfully towards her, was St. Joseph. He appeared older, his beard and hair were grey and, like Our Lady,  he was barefoot.

To Our Lady’s left stood John the Evangelist vested as a bishop, wearing a small mitre. He held an open book in his left hand and in its pages the lines and letters could clearly be seen. He appeared to be preaching but no voice was heard. He stood so that his back was neither turned to the Virgin or to the Lamb that stood upon a simple plain altar. Behind the Lamb was a Cross. The witnesses watched and prayed for over 2 hours and though they were wet, they noticed that no rain fell on upon the Apparition or on the gable. 


We will all say a prayer to the Blessed Mother for our family and friends that couldn't make this wonderful tour.  


 When we leave Knock we will stop at Patrick's family pub in Swinford. Patrick will introduce you to his cousin Shamus and buy you a beverage of your choice.  Then we are off to dinner in Ballina at Dillons Bar and Restaurant.  

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This Tour Includes;
* Roundtrip Transportation from Baltimore County to
​   Philadelphia Airport (If you select the air option).
* Roundtrip airfare to Ireland, (If you select the air option).
* Land transportation on a Luxury Coach by a professional driver in Ireland.
* A seasoned knowledgeable Guide (Anne). Anne will share her 
   knowledge of Ireland's recent and ancient history. 
* 3 Nights in Galway at The Hardiman Hotel

* Pub hopping and shopping in Galway.

* Time to roam in and be on your own in Galway.

* A full Irish breakfast every morning.
* Dinner every evening.

* Dinner at Nevins Inn
* Admission to the ‘Cliffs of Moher’.

* Admission to Kylemore Abbey
* The Wild Atlantic Way

* Dinner on Achill Island

* Dinner in Ballina atDillons Bar and Restaurant.

* Turlough Park & The Museum of Country LIfe

* Free time in Westport
* A visit to 'The Holy Shrine of Knock'

* A guided Tour of Ballintubber Abbey
* View Ireland's largest pyramid in County Mayo.
* A stop in Cong, the filming location for
’The Quiet Man’.
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Admission and private guided tour of The Clonmacnoise Monastic Site.
* Admission and a private tour of ‘Charleville Castle’ Ireland's Most Haunted Castle.

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Day 10 - Monday, July 18th ​After a Full Irish Breakfast we say goodbye to our friends that opted for Plan B our driver will take them to the Dublin Airport.  

Continuation of Group A's Tour

Day 6 Thursday, July 14th  After a Full Irish Breakfast at The CastleCourt Hotel we will travel East and visit Clonmacnoise, the historic monastic and Christian settlement of Clonmacnoise (founded about 548 by St Kiernan the first Saint of Ireland!). It has been declared a Unesco World Heritage site. Pope John Paul II thought the site an important, sacred and visited it during his trip to Dublin in 1979. We’ll first enjoy a video that recants the significant events in the settlement during its 1500 year plus history. We’ll then have a short guided tour of the site to include three stone, Celtic crosses (oldest, The Cross of the Scriptures from 900). Then we’re onto the secular establishment whose lengthy history rivals Clonmacnoise. Dinner tonight will be at a restaurant to be determined.

This Tour Also Includes;

​* 1 Night at 'The Camden Court Hotel' Dublin. <4 nights with Option A>

* Dinner and The Irish Show at, 'Taylor's 3 Rocks'.  
* Admission to 
'EPIC' the Irish Emigration Museum.  <With Option A>

* A Tour of Guinness  Storehoust <With Option A>
* Dinner at, 
‘The Church Pub’.  <With Option A>
* Time to roam and be on your own in Dublin.  
<With Option A>
* Transportation from your hotel to the Dublin Airport.
* Transportation from Philadelphia Airport to Baltimore County

Day 1 – Saturday, July 9th, 2022 A luxury coach will take us from Baltimore County to the ​Philadelphia Airport. We will fly overnight to Dublin, Ireland. 

Saint Luke's and Our Lady of Hope's

2nd Tour of Ireland!

Patrick's reserves the right to substitute visits, entertainment, hotels and other features when they cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control.

END of Group B's Tour.

Day 2 - Sunday, July, 10th 2022 We arrive in Dublin at 8:55am. After collecting our luggage and clearing customs, we will board our 1st class coach and go to the nearby town of Malahide. The Malahide we will attend Mass at St Sylvester's Catholic Church. After Mass we will have a guided tour of Malahide Castle. Malahide is only 5 minutes from the airport. After our tour of Malahide we will board our coach and head South West us to Bunratty. ​We get to stretch our legs in Bunratty Folk Park. We will explore the Bunratty Castle and spend a bit of time in the Bunratty Folk Park, a true reconstruction of a typical 18th-century Irish village from Church to the licensed McNamara’s pub (licensed means you can buy alcoholic). The one farmhouse had actually been relocated from Shannon runway and reconstructed in the village. Except for the 15th-century castle, all buildings were selected to be relocated because they are the best example of available. After our time in Bunratty, we head North to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. The highest sea cliffs in Europe. You will view the splendor of nature from your 700-foot high view of the Atlantic. We continue our journey to the medieval city of Galway, “City of The Tribes”. In Galway, we will be free to roam and explore things like the open-air, Galway City Market, Galway City Museum, the King’s Head Pub if you wish your guide "Anne'' will suggest places you can have lunch. We will stay in Galway for three nights at The Hardiman Hotel.  Dinner tonight will be at The Hardiman Hotel.

Day 13 - Friday, July 21st, 2022, After a full Irish Breakfast at the Camden Court Hotel, We will check-out Board our coach and be taken to the Dublin Airport. We clear Emigration and US Customs at the Dublin Airport. We will arrive in the States late afternoon the same day taking with us a 100,000 fond memories. We will always remember this trip but are truly happy to be returning to the land of the free and the home of the brave. The same bus that brought you to Philly 12 days ago will return, to take you back to 'Our Lady of Hope' church in Baltimore County!

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Day 9 - Sunday, July 17th After a Full Irish breakfast we will check-out of the Hotel. Today we travel East to Dublin. We will check-in at 'The Camden Court Hotel' where we will stay for the next 4 nights. Tonight we'll be treated to dinner and a show at 'Taylors 3 Rocks'. The quality of the show at Taylor's 3 Rocks has been compared to a Broadway production with the finest performers anywhere! 


Day 7 Friday, July 15th After a full Irish Breakfast at the CastleCourt Hotel,  We are going to Achill Island! We'll travel Irelands Wild Atlantic Way. You will have some great locations to take photographs on Achill.  Dinner this evening will be at Nevins Inn.

Option 'B' ~ 8 Nights
July 9th through July 18th, 2022

$3,486. Per Person Sharing includes Airfare
$2,837. Per Person Sharing for the Land Package.

$556. Single Supplement, Without a roommate. 

Option 'A'~ 11 Nights
July 9th through July 21st, 2022

​​​​​​$3,989. Per Person Sharing includes Airfare
$3,340. Per Person Sharing for the Land Package.

$626. Single Supplement, Without a roommate. 

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Day 12 – Wednesday, July 20th. As the day matures so does the Irish whiskey! We find ourselves at the home of Irish Whiskey the Jameson Distillery, we will be offered samples of Jameson Irish whiskey and take a brief Tour. If you are not a fan of "the water of life" you can explore the Pubs and shops in Dublin or join Patrick on a seaside train ride to Bray. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell Dinner at 'The Camden Court hotel' 

Day 11 – Tuesday, July 19th. After a Full Irish breakfast at The Camden Court Hotel, ​ you  could choose to visit the Guinness Storehouse at St. James’ Gate. (Guinness Storehouse admission is usually not included in our tour).  Traffic is crazy in Dublin so plan accordingly. You will be given a list of interesting sites you should see while in Dublin. Dublin is a pedestrian-friendly city, and it is sometimes easier and quicker to walk places. Dinner tonight will be at "The Church Restaurant".

This morning the Option A's group will visit 'The Epic'. The Epic is what many of us will consider the Highlight of our time in Ireland, The 'EPIC', Dublin's Irish Emigration Museum.​  (See the video below)

Day 5 – Wednesday, July 13 . After a Full Irish Breakfast at The Hardiman Hotel we will check-out board our luxury coach and head to North to County Mayo. On the way, we will stop in Cong. The village of Cong was the filming location for the movie, "The Quiet Man". The classic movie starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. 


We will check-in at CastleCourt Hotel in thevery Irish Town of Westport! We will be staying at The CastleCourt for the next 4 nights. You can unpack and relax! Dinner tonight will be at The CastleCourt Hotel. 

Day 3 and 4 - Monday, July 11th & Tuesday,  July 12th

After a Full Irish Breakfast at The Hardiman Hotel you are free to explore Galway. Stepping out the front door you will find yourself in the heart of Galway. The “Center City’ location is just part of the reason we chose The Hardiman Hotel. For those of you that wish to see the countryside, there will be optional (no extra charge) a day trip to Connemara. We will visit the Connemara Marble Company and see why Connemara marble was chosen for so many US government buildings and some of America’s great churches. Then we will visit Kylemore Abbey. Kylemore Abbey is a community of Benedictine nuns, women committed to witnessing to the Gospel of Jesus through the monastic life of prayer, work, and community according to the Rule of St. Benedict at Kylemore Abbey in the heart of Connemara, Co. Galway and within the Archdiocese of Tuam.
Since arriving in Kylemore on 4 December 1920, their community has been anchored in the spiritual, social, educational, and cultural life of Connemara and of Ireland through their monastic life, their mission, and their stewardship of Kylemore Estate.
For over three hundred years the community expressed its outreach of hospitality primarily in the education of Catholic girls in Ypres and later in Kylemore. The closure of their school in 2010 gave us the opportunity to explore our understanding of their mission . Today, they are engaged in developing a mission of Benedictine hospitality at Kylemore for the future.
A visit to Kylemore is more than an enjoyable outing. It is an encounter with a unique place that invites the visitor to relax and attend to what she is experiencing:
• a place of stunning natural beauty
• a warm welcome, catering in a simple yet excellent manner to the needs of the visitor;
• a history of the human stewardship of this estate – land-use, architecture, horticulture – balancing respect for the environment and the needs of human beings;
• a beautiful place, demonstrating what can be created and maintained by endeavour, resilience, and optimism of the owners of the estate and the local people through the vicissitudes of 200 years in Connemara;
• discovering that behind this experience is a faith community living a life of prayer centred on God the Creator, and an invitation to experience their worship. 
Tonight, dinner will be at a restaurant T.B.D. at 6:00 pm.​​