Pictures from Ireland

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A Pilgrimage to Ireland

Led by:

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

July 15 - 26, 2011

Trip map

DAY 1, Friday, July 15, 2011 - Depart the United States for our trans-Atlantic flight to Shannon, Ireland. M

DAY 2: Saturday, July 16, 2011 - Arrive Shannon and travel southwest via Adare Village, with its hundreds of years old thatched cottages, to the picturesque town of Tralee.  We will have a welcome dinner and overnight in The Grand Hotel, Tralee. MD

DAY 3: Sunday, July 17, 2011 - In the footsteps of St. James and St. Brendan we explore the Dingle Peninsula with its beautiful seascape.  We visit the Gallarus Oratory, Ireland’s best preserved pilgrims’ church dating from about the 8th century and celebrate Eucharist in the ruins of Kilmalkedar Church.  After dinner at the hotel we will have an evening program at Siamsa Tire Folklore Theatre, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre.  Overnight The Grand Hotel,Tralee. BD

DAY 4: Monday, July 18, 2011 - We travel to the Shannon Valley and explore the legacy of the late Bronze Age and Celtic culture at Craggaunowen, a living history village.  Here we will explore the Crannog – a Celtic homestead constructed of wattles, reeds and mud.  We visit St. Brendan’s Cathedral in Loughrea where one can see Irish craftsmanship and art at its highest level.  Architecturally notable are the stained-glass windows by An Tur Gloaine and the banners to designs by J. B. Yeats.  Overnight in Sheraton Hotel, Athlone. BD

DAY 5: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - We travel to Armagh to explore this city, the spiritual capital of Ireland for 1500 years.  Armagh is the most venerated of Irish cities and the seat of both Protestant and Catholic Archbishops.  St. Patrick called Armagh “my sweet hill” and built his stone church where the Anglican Cathedral now stands.  We visit the Roman Catholic Cathedral here and also visit St. Patrick’s Trian Heritage which features three major exhibitions; The Armagh Story, Patrick’s Testament and The Land of Lilliput.  Overnight Armagh. BD

DAY 6: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - We celebrate Holy Eucharist at the Church of Ireland Cathedral and have an afternoon excursion to Navan Fort, the great mound which was the spiritual capital of ancient Ireland and the stronghold of the Kings of Ulster from 700 BC.  We visit the Navan Center which interprets the archaeology and mythology of the area.  Evening at leisure.  Overnight Armagh. B

DAY 7: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - We travel north into the heart of Ulster and visit the Ulster-American Folk Park, one of the best open air museums of its kind, where we explore the legacy of the Scots-Irish emigrants many of whom traveled to Pennsylvania where they settled.  Here we can see replicas of an emigrant ship, an American general store, wagons, the birthplace of Andrew Mellon and much more.  We continue to picturesque Donegal, a seaport town on the northwest coast with wool mills, a castle and the ruins of a Franciscan monastery.  Overnight in the village of Letterkenny, Silver Tassie Hotel, Donegal. BD

DAY 8: Friday, July 22, 2011 - We travel to Sligo, the cultural heartland of the northwest and the heart of “Yeats Country”.  On the way we see Drumcliffe and visit Yeats’ grave in the churchyard.  We see Creevykeel Court Tomb, visit the Belleek Pottery Factory and then have some free time in the afternoon to enjoy Sligo Sligo is a seaport and fishing center and has the remains of a Dominican Monastery, Sligo Abbey, built in the 13th century.  Overnight Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo. BD

DAY 9: Saturday, July 23, 2011 - We visit the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery which is the second largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Europe and is almost 700 years older than Newgrange.  Archaeologists have discovered 65 tombs, stone circles, passage graves and standing stones here. Then we travel to the Strandhill Peninsula to take a boat trip around Lough Gill to Parke’s Castle which was built in the 17th century.  We return to Sligo via Yeat’s Country.  Overnight Sligo. B

DAY 10: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - We travel to Croagh Patrick, the holy mountain of Ireland.  We celebrate a Pilgrim’s Eucharist at the St. Patrick statue.  The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption.  We will then drive to Galway City through the lovely Connemara region.  We will visit Kylemore Abbey, a lakeside castle that was later turned into an abbey when Benedictine nuns sought refuge here.  Overnight Hotel Meyrick, Galway. BD

DAY 11: Monday, July 25, 2011 - We take a walking tour of Galway City and visit St. Nicholas Church and the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Our Lady Assumed into Heaven.  We continue by coach to Cnoc Suain in Spiddal Click here for website:  Cnoc Suain.  This is a renovated small village of thatched and slated stone cottages located on 200 acres of ancient landscape, bog, lake and sea.  We return to Galway City and have free time to explore and shop at our leisure.  We have a private evening dinner cruise of the River and Lough Corrib aboard the Corrib Princess with entertainment by the cream of Irish musicians and dancers.  Overnight Meyrick Hotel, Galway. BD

DAY 12: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - W e will make our way to Dublin where we will board our nonstop return fight to Newark arriving back this afternoon. BM

Price: $3,699.00  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:  $499.00

* Pricing based on a minimum of 20 participants and includes fuel taxes and surcharges which are currently $239.69. 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 with registration and copy of passport.

Final payment due April 1, 2011.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until March 31, 2011: - $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After April 1, 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.