Pictures from Ireland

St. John’s Episcopal Church Youth

A Pilgrimage to Ireland

Led by:

The Rev. Canon Mark Scheneman
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Carlisle, NJ

July 5 – 15, 2011

Trip map

DAY 1, Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - Depart from Newark International Airport for the nonstop flight to Dublin, Ireland. M

DAY 2: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - We meet our driver/guide and travel to Newgrange for a visit to the Stone Age passage graves.  We will see the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick lit a Paschal fire as a challenge to the pagan High King of Tara and visit Monasterboice to see Muiredach’s High Cross, the finest high cross in all of Ireland.  Later we will visit Mellifont Abbey, founded in 1142 and the first Cistercian Abbey in Ireland.  We will enjoy lunch at the centre.  We will continue to Glencree Centre for our overnight stay. MLD

DAY 3: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - Today we will drive to Glendalough, a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul.  We begin with a visit to the Heritage Centre and Museum where we see a video entitled “Ireland of the Monasteries”.  Afterward, we will meet with our local guide who will escort us on the ‘Pilgrims Walk’ through Kevin’s Monastic City.  We will visit St. Kevin’s Church, Kevin’s Cross, The Cathedral, The Round Tower and St. Mary’s Church.  After a picnic lunch, we will continue on to St. Kevin’s Desert and the Upper Lake where we will celebrate a “Pilgrim’s Eucharist”.  Dinner and overnight Glencree Centre, Co. Wicklow. BLD

DAY 4: Friday, July 8, 2011 - Program at Glencree which is being arranged with the director of the Centre by Fr. SchenemanOvernight at the centre. BD

DAY 5: Saturday, July 9, 2011 - Today we will spend a day in Ireland’s capital, Dublin, where we will visit Trinity College to see the magnificent Old Library and the 1200 year old Book of Kells, the beautifully illuminated version of the Gospels designed by monks in the 9th century.  We continue on to the National Museum which houses a rich collection of Irish antiquities from the prehistoric times to the end of the medieval period.  We will visit Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, both of which are cathedrals of the Church of Ireland.  We will enjoy a traditional Fish and Chips dinner before we depart for our overnight at the Glencree Centre. BD

DAY 6: Sunday, July 10, 2011 - This morning we will continue to Armagh where we will attend the 11:00 AM Eucharist at St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral.  In the afternoon, we will visit St Patrick Trian Heritage Centre which features three major exhibitions; The Armagh Story, Patrick’s Testament and The Land of Lilliput.  We will continue to The Servite Priory - Benburb Centre for our overnight accommodation.  The Priory is situated in East Tyrone about seven miles from the city of Armagh in an area of outstanding natural and scenic beauty and of great historical importance.  Overnight and dinner in the Servite Priory. BLD

DAY 7: Monday, July 11, 2011 - Today we will travel into the heart of Ulster and visit the Ulster-American Folk Part, one of the best open air museums of its kind.  Here we will explore the legacy of the Scots-Irish emigrants many of whom immigrated to Pennsylvania.  Tonight we will continue to Westport and overnight in St Anthony’s Guesthouse. BD

DAY 8: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - This morning we will travel to Ballintubber Abbey where we will meet Fr Fahy who will explain to us the history of The Tochar Walk and Ballintubber Abbey.  The Tochar Padraig is a pilgrimage of medieval origin based on traditions which go back to the very dawn of Christianity in Ireland. The Tochar Padraig covers a distance of approximately 35km (22miles) over a mixture of roads and cross-country with a variety of terrains.  It follows the route of a highway which went from the ancient seat of the Kings of Connaught to Croagh Patrick. Today we will walk half way to AughagowerOvernight St Anthony’s Guesthouse Westport. BLD

DAY 9: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - Today we climb Croagh Patrick.  The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption.  Croagh Patrick is renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint.  It was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation.  We will celebrate a “Pilgrim’s Eucharist” at the summit of the mountain.  It will take 3 hours to climb this mountain.  Croagh Patrick is 2,510 feet (765 metres) high.  We will continue to Galway for our overnight stay in the Rio Guesthouse Salthill Galway. BLD

DAY 10: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - This morning we will depart for Galway City for some free time and a walking tour of Galway City.  This evening we will enjoy a farewell banquet in Knapoggue CastleOvernight Park Inn Hotel Shannon Aiport. BD

DAY 11: Friday, July 15, 2011 - This morning we will board our return nonstop flight from Shannon Airport to Newark, NJ arriving this afternoon. BM

Price: $2,739.00  Price is based on double occupancy with airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Newark, NJ.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single Supplement:  $199.00

* Pricing based on a minimum of 30 participants and includes fuel taxes and surcharges which are currently $237.32.  If these change, price may change. *

** The price is not guaranteed and may change due to the fluctuation of the Euro and the US dollar.  We make every effort to avoid any increase and will only do so if the value of the dollar falls against the Euro.  Your pricing was based on the exchange rate of $1.39 to the Euro. **

$200.00 per person deposit due December 15, 2010 with registration and copy of passport.

Final payment due April 5, 2011.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until April 4, 2011: - $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After April 5, 2011:  NO REFUND

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, M Meals on Aircraft

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.