FRIENDS OF ST. PATRICK PRESENTS: THE LEGACY OF ST. PATRICK TOUR OF IRELAND OCTOBER 4-13 2013
Contributed by: MMoriarty
The Friends of Saint Patrick Chapter has been bringing graduates to Ireland for many years, and now, for the first time, we have packaged this incredible behind-the-scenes experience for Adults. Visit legendary and hidden sites with the experts and be welcomed by leading political and historical figures.
Visit the legendary and hidden sites of Ireland with the experts and be welcomed by leading political and historical figures. Our trip will begin in Dublin with a welcome Dinner and a visit to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College before heading to County Down where we stay near Downpatrick in the luxurious Slieve Donard Resort. Spend time with Tim exploring Saint Patrick’s County, meeting local people including the Ulster Scots and the Magus Vikings and come to a local traditional folk session before going to Belfast for a behind the scenes tour of Stormont, C.S. Lewis, Belfast City Hall and the Titanic Centre. The tour will meet senior politicians who will talk about the peace process and Northern Ireland today before we have a very special private dinner in the Member’s Long Gallery at the Stormont Parliament. The following day we have a civic reception in Armagh before touring that famous Cathedral City. Next the tour heads through the west of Ireland to Galway where we explore the ‘City of the Tribes’ and hold a special reception with elected official Eamon O’Cuiv, member of the Irish Parliament and grandson of Eamon de Valera, the founder of the Irish Republic. Finally we head to Glendalough to explore the legacy of Saint Kevin and back to Dublin for a trip to the Guinness Storehouse and Farewell Supper.
Seeing the sights is just half the story – meeting the people makes the trip.
Legacy of Ireland following St. Patrick
October 4 - 13, 2013
On October 4, 2013 board your overnight flight. The tour begins the next day.
Day 1 Arrive Dublin
Upon arrival at the airport, meet up with your Tour Director as well as Group Leader JANE MULLANEY ANDERSON, Executive Director of the world’s largest Irish Festival in Milwaukee for over 20 years, who will organize your group transfer. An orientation drive in the “Fair City” includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and visits to ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL and Oscar Wilde’s TRINITY COLLEGE, famous for the 1,200-year-old BOOK OF KELLS and the magnificent Old Library. Mid afternoon check in at your hotel, you may rest or begin exploration of this historic city. Tonight gather with your traveling companions over a WELCOME DINNER to prepare for this inspiring journey. (D)
Day 2 Dublin - Downpatrick
Your group departs Dublin this morning enroute for Downpatrick, the Home of Saint Patrick, located in County Down. You will be met by Director of the Saint Patrick Centre, Dr. Tim Campbell, and attend the morning service at the 12th Century DOWN CATHEDRAL, where Patrick is buried. After the service you’ll enjoy a tour as well as a visit to Saint Patrick’s Grave. Enjoy lunch at the SAINT PATRICK CENTRE where you’ll learn more about the Centre and its work. After lunch you will officially be welcomed to Saint Patrick’s Country by local elected representative and Member of Parliament Margaret Ritchie before traveling to Inch Abbey, a 12th Century Cisterian Abbey, where the legend of the snakes was written. The next two nights the group will overnight in the town of Newcastle at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa. This evening enjoy a WELCOME PRESENTATION by the Ulster Scots Agency, discussing the Scots Irish in North America and Ireland and featuring history, piping and drumming. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Downpatrick
The day begins with a tour of SAINT PATRICK’S TRAIL with Dr. Tim Campbell, Director of the Saint Patrick Centre. Visits include the first church in Ireland at Saul, and the site of the first healing wells in Ireland at Struell. Lunch is included today at the SAINT PATRICK CENTRE. This afternoon tour Slieve Patrick, Saint Tassach’s Church where Patrick died and meet the Magnus Vikings near Strangford Lough. After a busy day of exploring, enjoy dinner at PADDY’S BARN with a traditional folk session. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Newcastle - Belfast
A short journey this morning takes the group to Belfast, Northern Ireland’s largest city and the seat of the government. Upon arrival visit the C. S. Lewis Centre, which opened in Belmont Tower in 2011 and features a permanent exhibit of Lewis’ work. Take a guided tour of the world of C. S. Lewis in East Belfast with expert Mr. Sandy Smith who will explore the inspiration behind books like ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’. Enjoy lunch at the Centre and then some free time in Belfast. In the afternoon the group will take a behind-the-scenes tour of STORMONT PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS with elected member Basil McCrea MLA to see where the Northern Ireland Peace Process was brokered and meet some of the parties and key individuals involved. Your visit is capped off with a very special private dinner in the Member’s LONG GALLERY. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Belfast - Armagh
This morning you’ll take a tour of Belfast’s magnificent CITY HALL, built at the height of the industrial boom and meet elected representatives. Late morning the group will visit the fascinating brand-new TITANIC EXHIBITION. Learn all about the Belfast connection, the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14,1912. Ample time will be provided to explore the exhibit and have lunch at the center. This afternoon travel to the Ecclesiastical capital of Ireland in Armagh for a RECEPTION at the Archbishop Robinson’s Georgian Palace by Armagh City and District Council. This evening relax over dinner at your hotel. (B, D)
Day 6 Armagh - Galway
Take a SIGHTESEEING TOUR of the Cathedral City of Armagh in the footsteps of Saint Patrick with a local guide, followed by free time for lunch at your discretion in the Cathedral City. This afternoon the group heads for Galway, where you’ll have the evening time to explore the city. You may also choose to join an optional evening at Dunguaire Castle, where the intimate banquet has an enlightening literary theme. (B)
Day 7 Galway
After breakfast enjoy an orientation of Galway, a vibrant city with a great seafaring tradition where you hear about the infamous Lynch Stone, commemorating the day Mayor James Lynch Fitzstephen hanged his son for murder. Following the tour, take advantage of free time in Galway for shopping and exploring. Late afternoon the group will meet at the hotel for a reception with Eamon O’ Cuiv, Member of the Irish Parliament and Grandson of President Eamon de Valera who founded the Irish Republic, followed by dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
Day 8 Galway - Dublin
Depart the west coast and make your way east. Make a stop at GLENDALOUGH, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual presentation, Ireland of the Monasteries, and then let our Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin enjoy a fitting farewell to Ireland with the GUINESS STOREHOUSE VISIT & SUPPER. (B, D)
Day 9 Dublin - Homeward bound
A group transfer will be available to the airport for your homebound flights. (B)
“This is not just a vacation – it’s a once in a lifetime experience which will continue through your free 2014 Membership of the Friends of Saint Patrick organization. We dig deeper, we build friendships and many of our young people have been so inspired they stayed in Ireland. The question is - will you need a return flight home?” - Dr. Tim Campbell
8 - Breakfasts (B)
3 - Lunches (L)
7 - Dinners (D)
Hotels: below or similar
Dublin – Hilton City
Newcastle – Slieve Donard
Belfast – Stormont
Armagh – Armagh City
Galway – Radisson Blu
Mortorcoaches are fully air-conditioned everywhere while touring. One group airport transfer on arrival and departure is included.
Brochure and Reservation Form available at http:///www.friendsofsaintpatrick.net/downloads.html
Per person price based on double occupancy: $1949* Please call 414-405-1118
For singles, please add $319 to the price above.
*Price may very downward depending on the number of travelers.
Price includes land tour, meals and accommodations as detailed in the itinerary, services of a professional Tour Director.
Air not included, group air rates will be available in January 2013, or you have the option to purchase your own airfare.
Optional Travel Protection is available for $199 per person.
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(if cancellation is received by Globus)
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