10 Days

Ireland Pilgrimage

In the Footsteps of St. Patrick

Spiritual Director: Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

October 20 – 29, 2024

JK101424

Ireland Pilgrimage

In the Footsteps of St. Patrick

Spiritual Director: Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

October 20 – 29, 2024

JK101424

Wicklow, Glendalough, Tipperary, Rock Of Cashel, Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Shannon, Cliffs Of Moher, Corcomroe Abbey, Galway, Corrib Lake, Clonmacnoise, Knock, Dublin

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Wicklow, Glendalough, Tipperary, Rock Of Cashel, Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Shannon, Cliffs Of Moher, Corcomroe Abbey, Galway, Corrib Lake, Clonmacnoise, Knock, Dublin

Join Fr. Jeffrey Kirby on this ten-day Pilgrimage to Ireland, the Emerald Isle! The practice of Pilgrimage is almost as old as recorded history. In Ireland, “The Land of Saints and Scholars”, you will journey through strong historic resonance with the early Christian scholars while in Clonmacnoise. Live through the medieval journeys in Glendalough, learn about the life of St. Patrick, who brought Catholicism to the Irish people, and finish with heightened spirituality as you visit Our Lady of Knock – the Marian Site that is on the same pedestal as Fatima and Lourdes. Open yourself to the message of “Knock”, and to the renewal of faith and prayer, which is so vital to our lives as Catholics.

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Hotel accommodations: (or similar) in double occupancy
      ~ 1 night: Oct 21 - 22: Trinity Capital Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
      ~ 1 night: Oct 22 - 23: Hotel Minella & Leisure Centre, Tipperary, Ireland
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 23 - 25: Castlerosse Park Resort Holiday, Killarney, Ireland
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 25 - 27: Menlo Park Hotel, Galway, Ireland
      ~ 1 night: Oct 27 - 28: Park Hotel Kiltimagh, Mayo, Ireland
      ~ 1 night: Oct 28 - 29: Trinity Capital Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Assistance of local guide throughout
  • Whisper headsets
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Catholic Priest, Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
Centrally located hotels or similar
Trinity Capital Hotel
Dublin, Ireland
Hotel Minella & Leisure Centre
Tipperary, Ireland
Castlerosse Park Resort Holiday
Killarney, Ireland
hotel
Menlo Park Hotel
Galway, Ireland
hotel
Park Hotel Kiltimagh
Mayo, Ireland
Not Included
  • Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
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Travel Protection

Providing you coverage for situations that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

Cancel For Any Reason Waiver

A Cancellation Waiver – allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime – up until 48 hours prior to departure.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Sunday, October 20: Depart for Ireland

Make your way to your local airport for your overnight flight(s) to Europe. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

Day 2 | Monday, October 21: Dublin

Cead Mile Failte – Welcome to Ireland! Upon arrival into Dublin, collect your luggage, pass through passport and custom control, then walk to the arrivals’ hall where you will meet your tour guide, and, or driver who will take you on a panoramic tour of the city on both sides of the River Liffey, where we pass by Phoenix Park, the largest city park in Europe. On the other side of the river are Georgian squares characterized by colorful doors, and Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. It was founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I. Next, you will have an interactive experience about the Book of Kells. It includes a projection of several sections of the Book of Kells with narrations from David Attenborough, goes over the history of the Book’s journey from Iona via projected video works and includes accounts of the Book from other writers.  We will celebrate Mass and have dinner before our overnight stay in Dublin.

Day 3 | Tuesday, October 22: Wicklow - Glendalough - Tipperary

Today we will travel through the beautiful mountains of Wicklow, also known as the “Garden of Ireland,” until we reach Glendalough. This ancient monastic city, established in the 6th-century by St. Kevin, is in the heart of “the valley of the two lakes.” It was a very important center of learning, as well as a pilgrimage destination. There are many legends regarding St. Kevin and he is often compared to St. Francis of Assisi. You will be taken on a guided tour, in which you will see an Irish round tower, the ruins of St. Peter and St. Pauls’ Cathedral, and the quaint St. Kevin’s Church which is surrounded by an old cemetery. The tour continues to Baltinglass where we will come upon the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey. We will then pass by Castledermot, where we set our eyes upon the remains of a Franciscan Abbey. We will finish our day in Tipperary for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 4 | Wednesday, October 23: Rock Of Cashel - Kerry County

Today in Tipperary we will see the Rock of Cashel, standing high in the middle of the “Golden Vale.” These religious buildings dating from the 12th-century form the most spectacular medieval site in Ireland. The Rock of Cashel used to be the seat of the High Kings of Munster. The Cathedral, the round tower, and the Cormac Chapel (which was the first Irish Romanesque church) testify to the significance of this site. Our journey continues towards Kerry for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 5 | Thursday, October 24: Kerry County - Dingle Peninsula

This morning we will behold the Dingle Peninsula, the most northern of the Kerry peninsulas. This gorgeous taste of Irish landscape looks like it is straight out of the pages of a storybook. In Early Christian Ireland monks were looking for isolated places to live, such as Gallarus Oratory on the peninsula. This oratory, which used to be a sacred place of prayer for monks, dates back to the 9th-century and is excellently preserved. We will visit the town of Inch, where David Lean shot the movie “Ryan’s Daughter.” Inch is the last part of the country where the Gaelic language is commonly spoken! We will continue venturing along the Eagle Mount and the cliffs of Slea Head. Our next stop is the Kilmalkedar Church, built in the 12th-century as a part of a complex of religious buildings in the Romanesque style. We will return to Kerry at the end of a lovely day for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 6 | Friday, October 25: Shannon - Cliffs Of Moher - Galway

After a good Irish breakfast, we will be heading north through Listowel and boarding a ferry at Killimer to cross the Shannon estuary. We will arrive at County Clare, where we will encounter the mystical Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs of Moher rise up to 390 feet above the Atlantic Ocean and allure their many visitors with their beauty. We will move on to Galway, a city that has kept its medieval charm with its colorful streets and authentic pubs. The coastal road from the Cliffs of Moher travels along the blue Galway Bay, with a natural rocky landscape on the other side. We will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Galway.

Day 7 | Saturday, October 26: Galway - Corrib Lake - Clonmacnoise Abbey

Today we will enjoy a cruise on Corrib Lake, which is the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland! It is also the best way to appreciate Galway and its surroundings. We will also visit Clonmacnoise Abbey, which is Ireland’s most important monastic site, overlooking the River Shannon. This site was founded by St. Ciaran in the 6th-century and consists of a grass field containing numerous early churches, high crosses, round towers, and graves. We will complete our day with dinner and an overnight stay in Galway.

Day 8 | Sunday, October 27: Knock

This morning we will direct our pilgrimage to one of the world’s leading Marian shrines, situated in the plains of East Mayo. On August 21, 1879 fifteen men, women and children witnessed an apparition of Mary. The silent apparition lasted two hours, including more than only Our Lady of Knock. The vision was of a lamb and a cross above an altar, with St. John the Apostle, Mary, and Joseph to the left. The apparition is rich in symbolism and is venerated internationally. The original parish church on the site still stands, but we will celebrate Mass in the bigger church that was built to house the shrine’s many pilgrims. This church was named a basilica by Saint John Paul II when he visited in 1979. Following Mass, you will have time for private meditation on the mystery of the apparition’s message. Next you will have free time for lunch and shopping on your own. We will then depart for the hotel in Knock for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 9 | Monday, October 28: Knock - Dublin

Today as we leave Knock, we will enjoy plenty of breathtaking scenery while traveling to Dublin. We will arrive in Dublin to visit the National Museum, situated in the heart of the city. Its collection of golden prehistoric jewelry is without a doubt the most stunning in Europe. You will be particularly interested in the Celtic finery, as well as numerous early Christian artifacts and incredible relics. There will be some free time for lunch and relaxation later in the day. In the evening we will have a final delicious dinner before retiring for our last overnight stay in Ireland.

Day 10 | Tuesday, October 29: Depart Dublin - USA

Following breakfast, we will board our bus that will bring us to Dublin Airport for our return flights home. We will bid farewell to our new friends and to a pilgrimage which will be in our memories and hearts for a long time to come.

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Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.

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About Ireland: In the Footsteps of St. Patrick

St. Patrick succeeded in bringing Catholicism to Ireland, and in time, the whole country converted from their pagan gods to the one true God. Although a small country, Ireland has played a large role in saving and bringing Christianity throughout the world. During the early Dark Ages, the Irish monasteries preserved Western writings while Europe remained in darkness. But as the Catholic country remained solidly Catholic, the Irish spread the faith to all corners of the world.

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About Ireland: In the Footsteps of St. Patrick

St. Patrick succeeded in bringing Catholicism to Ireland, and in time, the whole country converted from their pagan gods to the one true God. Although a small country, Ireland has played a large role in saving and bringing Christianity throughout the world. During the early Dark Ages, the Irish monasteries preserved Western writings while Europe remained in darkness. But as the Catholic country remained solidly Catholic, the Irish spread the faith to all corners of the world.

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