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Sunday 9/4/2022 ~we will meet at St. Mark's in Catonsville and take a private coach to the Philadelphia airport.
Ohers will meet at the Philadelphia Airport. We will fly overnight to Dublin Ireland,
Thursday 9/8 ~ After a Full Irish Breakfast at the Ballina Manor Hotel we'll board our coach and explore "The Abbey that refused Die". Our morning destination is The Ballintubber Abbey. The strongest tradition is that the Mass has been said in the Ballintubber Abbey without a break since the year of it’s foundation in 1216. We have often heard of the heroic struggle of the Irish people to keep the faith in spite of dungeons, fire and sword. Nothing emphasises this fact more for us than the story of Ballintubber Abbey. For 236 years the people were attending Mass in the unroofed Abbey exposed to the cold and the wind and the rain. This is not mere conjecture; the photographs of 1865 show the congregation kneeling on the grass covered ground. The priest has finished Mass; the vestments may be seen on the altar while the priest continues the instruction of the children. Though the Mass is over the people still continue to kneel, drinking in the word of God. In this modern age of heated air-conditioned churches it is good for us to meditate on what our forefathers endured to practice the faith which Saint Patrick planted so deeply in Baile tobair Phádraig- the townland of the well of Saint Patrick.
You will not want to leave the abbey; it possesses you with warmth. But we will! It's back on our coach to head to the "The Wild Atlantic Way" Via Achill Island. Along the way, we will view some of the world's most scenic beauty. We will stop to take photos enjoy the fresh sea air. The breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean and shoreline will remain with us for a lifetime. This evening on our way back to Ballina, we’ll stop for dinner at Nevin’s Inn. A family owned and operated restaurant known for their food and hospitality. We should arrive in Ballina early enough for those who might like a last call in the pub. Nevin's Inn
Saturday 9/17/2022 ~ After a Full Irish Breakfast we will be taken directly to Dublin airport. We will say our goodbyes to Ireland and fly to the land of the brave and the land of the free. For those of us who took the coach to the Philadelphia Airport from Catonsville, that same coach will meet you in Philly to take you back to your car where you were picked-up on September 4th 2022.
This Tour is at Activity Level one,
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Monday 9/5 ~ We land in Ireland. After collecting our bags, we will board our first class coach. Our driver will take us to The Bunratty Castle and Folk Park . We get to stretch our legs in Bunratty Folk Park before boarding our Coach to head North to 'The Cliffs of Moher'. The Cliffs are over 700 feet above the Atlantic and will leave us excited and humbled. We will depart from 'The Cliffs' and travel North to Galway. Galway historicly is knonw as "The City of Tribes" more currently it is known as a college town alive with the spirit of young Irish students. Galway has many points of interest not the least of witch is the pubs and restaurants. Your guide, Anne will help you find things most interesting to you. For the next tro nights we will be staying at the Eyre Square Hotel in center city Galway. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
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Sunday September 4th through Saturday Sept 17th 2022.
Saint Mark's Faith and Fun Tour
Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
in 3 Countries!
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This Tour includes:
*You can start your trip from almost any U.S. or Canadian airport.
*Transportation from St. Mark's in Baltimore County to the Philadelphia Airport.
* Roundtrip Airfare to Dublin? (if selected)
* Luxury Coach Transportation in Ireland with a professional driver.
* Anne, our seasoned and knowledgeable Guide. Anne will share her
knowledge of Ireland's recent and ancient history throughout the Tour.
* A full Irish breakfast every morning, except the day we arrive.
* Dinner every evening at a Local restaurant or at your hotel.
* A visit to The Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.
* A stop at 'The Cliffs of Moher'.
* Admission to the Clonmacnoise Monastic site.
* 2 Nights in Galway.
* A light lunch atThe world's oldest Pub!? Sean's Bar
* A Coach tour of Achill Island.
* Say a Prayer 'Our Lady of Knock' at The Holy Shrine of Knock.
* A private tour of Ballintubber Abbey
* Shopping at "The Foxford Woolen Mill".
* Dinner at Dillons in Ballina.
* A Tour of"Stirling Castle"
* Admission to the Royal Yacht Britannia
* The return To Belfast via the Ferry.
* 2 Nights in Belfast at The Europa Hotel
* Admission to Titanic Belfast
* 1 Night in Dublin
* Transportation from your hotel to, the Dublin Airport.
* Airfare to The Land of the Free and Home of the Brave! (If you selected the air option).
* Transportation from the Philadelphia airport to St. Marks in Catonsville (where you
were picked-up on 9/4/2022 in Baltimore County).
$3,393 Per Person Sharing. Land Package doesn't include airfare.
$4,138 Per Person Sharing. Full Package includes airfare.
$1,326 Single Supplement.
Monday 9/12 ~ After a Full Breakfast at the Scotsman Hotel you will be free to explore Edinburgh. Enjoy the pubs, restaurants, and shops on the Royal mile. Dinner and a show will be at the "Spirit of Scotland Show".
Tuesday 9/13 ~ After a Full Breakfast at the Scotsman Hotel we'll board our coach and tour; The Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Yacht Britannia, and the Queen's home Holyroodhouse. Diner location this evening T.B.D.
Wednesday 9/14 ~ After a Full Breakfast at the Scotsman Hotel we will pack-up and check-out! Our coach will take us to the docks, and we'll catch the Ferry back to Belfast. We will check back-in at the Europa Hotel. Patrick will be celebrating a successful jaunt to Scotland in the The Crown Liquor Saloon across the street from The Europa. If you show up, He might buy you a drink or two! Dinner tonight will be either at 'The Flame Restaurant' or on the second floor of 'The Crown Liquor Saloon', Anne’s decision.
Thursday 9/15 ~ After a Full Breakfast at the Europa Hotel we will explore the mistories of the Titanic. We will go to the muesum that was built on the sight where they built the Titanic. "Titanic Belfast" Anne will tell us where to eat before then.
Friday 9/16 ~ After a Full Breakfast at the Europa Hotel we will check-out and board our coach. It is about a 2 hour ride to Dublin. We'll stay in the outskirts Dublin because tomorrow we have a flight home! Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
UPDATE! We have a tentative ok to attend the 'Taylor 3 Rock' Irish show. We need to fill 44 seats at the show. If we have the required 44 travelors, on our final night we will attend the best Irish dinner show in Ireland! Taylors 3 Rock's'! click on the video below to sample 'Taylor 3 Rock'.
Friday 9/9 ~ After a Full Irish Breakfast at the Ballina Manor Hotel we'll board our coach and go to the 'Holy Shrine of Knock'. On the evening of the 21st of August 1879, a heavenly Apparition occurred at the gable wall of the Parish Church when Our Lady appeared, in the company of St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist. Unique to the Knock Apparition was appearance of a Lamb standing before a Cross on a plain altar and surrounded by angels. The Apparition lasted for about two hours and 15 official witnesses gave their testimonies to a Commission of Enquiry in October of that year. After taking the time to say your prayers to the Blessed Mother, we will board our coach and go to "The Foxford Woolen Mill" When most people think of gifts from Ireland they think of Wool Sweaters, etc. The Foxford Woolen Mills usually have their big in-store sale in September. If you find something you like they will ship it. Patrick's Mother is from Foxford, and 1/2 mile away is the town where his dad grew-up. We'll stop at Boland's Bar in Swinford, it's owned by our cousin Shamus. After seeing all the fancy Pubs it's a chance to relax in a real Irish Pub with real Irish people. Help keep Ireland green! When we get back to Ballina we'll have dinner at Dillons in Ballina.
Saturday 9/10 ~ After a Full Irish Breakfast at the Ballina Manor Hotel we'll Check-out and board our coach and head North to Sligo. We'll stop at Drumcliffe Church where William Butler Yeats lies. Then we will cross the boarder into Great Britan. Our first stop in will be Enniskillen, UK (A.K.A. Northern Ireland!) at the Belleek Pottery factory. We will be traveling East towards Belfast where we will bed down at the Europa Hotel. Dinner tonight will be at the Europa Hotel.
Sunday 9/11 ~ After a Full Irish Breakfast at the Europa Hotel we will check-out board coach and head towards the docks. We will catch the ferry to Scotland. Our coach driver is fully licened to opperate in all 3 countries and will be taking the coach on the ferry! While on the ferry you are free to de-board our coach and go to the Ferry lounge. We will land in Scotland and go to Stirling Castle for a private tour. Infomation on Mass will follow. Our Hotel for the 3 nights in Edinburgh is 'The Scotsman Hotel'. We will check in to the Scotsman have a chance to freshen-up and have dinner at our Hotel. Mass Time will be posted ASAP.
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This Tour will sell out quickly. Unlike other tours we will not accept registrations after we reach the maximum for one coach. We are taking the coach and driver on the Ferry to Scotland. This is a once in a lifetime Tour. Please, don't wait register, while there is still space.
Tuesday 9/6 ~ After a Full Irish breakfast at the Eyre hotel we will board our coach and travel inland to the Clonmacnoise Monastic Site. A spectacular monastery on the banks of the River Shannon. We will enjoy an exclusive private tour of the Clonmacnoise Settlement. You will hear stories of how Vikings and other Irish raided and plundered the settlement! St Ciarán founded his monastery on the banks of the River Shannon in the 6th Century. The monastery flourished and became a great seat of learning, a University of its time with students from all over Europe. The ruins include a Cathedral, two round Towers, three high crosses, nine Churches and over 700 Early Christian graveslabs. We will leave Clonmacnoise and stop at "Sean's Bar" for a light late lunch. Sean's Bar is the oldest bar in Europe! We will hear the story of the pub and how they believe Whiskey was first introduced to the Irish on the location! Patrick will pick-up the check for our light lunch! You are on your own for your drinks. We will return to Galway where we will have dinner as a group in a restaurant to be determined.
Wednesday 9/7 ~ After a Full Irish breakfast at the Eyre hotel we will check-out board the coach and drive North towards Ballina. On the way we will stop at the little village of Cong. Cong is where "The Quiet Man" was filmed with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in the late 1970s. It is also home of The Cong Abbey. The ruins of the Cong Abbey are right in the centre of the village and they date back to the 12th Century. The Cong Abbey was burnt down in the early 13th century and rebuilt between the 13th and 16th centuries. The Abbey in Cong is an Augustinian one, first founded by St. Feichin in 623 and then rebuilt in the 12th century by the O’Connor family, Turlough O’Connor the was the High King of Ireland and Turlough’s son Rory O’Connor was buried here in the late 12th century, although his body was removed and buried at Clonmacnoise. In the 1960’s Sir Benjamin Guinness who was the owner of Ashford Castle began to rebuild the abbey. Tonight and the next 3 nights we will be staying at The Ballina Manor Hotel. We will dine tonight at the Ballina Manor hotel.