Pictures from Ireland

May the Road Rise Up to Greet You:

A pilgrimage to the historic and spiritual heart of Ireland

Led by:

The Rev. Steve Wilson
Grace Episcopal Church
Carthage, MO

September 8 – 20, 2014

Trip map

DAY 1: Monday, September 8, 2014 - Depart the United States from Kansas City, MO for our trans-Atlantic flight to Ireland. M

DAY 2: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - We arrive in Dublin, meet our guide and driver and travel to Newgrange for a visit to the Stone Age passage graves.  We 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 visit Mellifont Abbey, the first Cistercian Abbey in Ireland.  We continue to Armagh for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 3: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - We leave Armagh, one of Ireland’s oldest towns dating back to the advent of Christianity.  We will continue along the beautiful Northern Ireland coast to the Giant’s Causeway, one of the great natural wonders of Ireland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  On our return we will have some free time to explore Armagh on our own and visit both St. Patricks Cathedrals.  Overnight Armagh. BD

DAY 4: Thursday, September 11, 2014 - We continue to 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.  We continue to the National Museum, housing a rich collection of Irish antiquities from the prehistoric times to the end of the medieval period.  We visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and attend Evensong in this magnificent Cathedral.  This evening we will visit a pub in Dublin for dinner and a highly entertaining performance of live traditional Irish Music, Song and Irish Dancing.  Overnight Dublin. BD

DAY 5: Friday, September 12, 2014 - We visit Powerscourt Estate, one of the most beautiful country estates in Ireland which is surrounded by one of Europe’s finest gardens.  We continue to Glendalough “a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul”.  We will visit the Heritage Centre and Museum where we see a video entitled “Ireland of the Monasteries” followed by a private Mass in ‘God’s Chapel’.  Here we meet Fr. Michael Rodgers who returned to Ireland after twenty years missionary service to serve on his congregation’s leadership team.  He will lead us on a walk to St. Kevin’s Monastic City.  We visit St. Kevin’s Church, Kevin’s Cross, the Cathedral, the Round Tower and St. Mary’s Church.  We continue to Kilkenny for our overnight stay. BD

DAY 6: Saturday, September 13, 2014 - We travel to the Rock of Cashel.  Towering over the town from its perch on a 200 foot high outcrop of limestone, the Rock was once the seat of the Kings of Munster.  Today the impressive stone walls enclose a round tower, the cathedral, a 12th century Romanesque chapel, high crosses and other structures.  We continue to Timoleague in West Cork.  Perched at the edge of a long sea inlet, this friendly village is dominated by the ruins of a 13th century Abbey.  We continue and visit the Drombeg Circle of Stone before visiting Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone.  Overnight Blarney Cork. BD

DAY 7: Sunday, September 14, 2014 - We travel along the Ring of Kerry, one of the most scenic routes in the world. Beginning and ending in Killarney, it traces the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula.  We drive to The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre where one can experience many aspects of the offshore Skellig islands.  We continue to Waterville and along the coast via Coomakista Pass and Derrynane and on to Sneem.  From Sneem we travel up the mountain road to Molls Gap, then via Ladies’ View and back to Killarney.  Overnight Killarney. BD

DAY 8: Monday, September 15, 2014 - In the footsteps of St. James and St. Brendan, we explore the Dingle Peninsula with its beautiful seascapes.  We explore the beautiful estate once owned by Lord Ventry, and there we see a group of Ogham stones and learn about the earliest form of Celtic writing dating from the 4th century.  We continue to an area called Fahan where we see the largest collection of stone dwellings in Ireland.  These buildings, known as ‘beehive huts’ because of their shape, were built and inhabited in early Christian times.  We continue to the famous Slea Head, where we see the beautiful and panoramic views of the Blasket Islands.  On the outskirts of Ballyferriter we visit Riasc monastic settlement, which has the beautiful and historic Riasc stone.  Not far from here is the jewel in the crown of West Kerry, Gallarus Oratory.  Built by monks in the 7th century this structure has survived to this day.  Our next site, will be the complex at Kilmalkedar, where a 12th century Romanesque church is the focal point of a site where we will also see a holy well, an ogham stone, a large Latin cross, an early medieval sundial (one of only 9 surviving examples in the country) and the 6th century Alphabet stone.  We will visit Dingle before returning to Killarney.  Dinner and overnight Killarney. BD

DAY 9: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - This morning we will continue to County Clare where we visit Kilfenora Cathedral situated in the Burren region.  We meet The Rev. Canon R.C. Hanna who will give us the history of the Cathedral and the Crosses.  We continue to the Cliffs of Moher.  The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometers over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare.  From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.  We will continue to Galway for our overnight stay. BD

DAY 10: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - This morning we travel through beautiful Connemara to Kylemore Abbey the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys.  The community of nuns who have resided here since 1920 have a long history stretching back almost three hundred and forty years.  We visit the Abbey on the grounds, the Gothic Church, the Victorian Walled Gardens, the Craft Shop, Pottery studio, Restaurant and Tea Rooms as well as the Lake and Woodland walks.  We will have an opportunity to meet one of the nuns who resides in the Abbey.  This evening we will enjoy a dinner cruise on board the Corrib Princess departing from the pier at Woodquay in Galway city centre.  The group will enjoy a four course dinner, an Irish coffee making demonstration, Irish songs and dancing.  Overnight Galway. B

DAY 11: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - This morning we travel to the ferry port of Rossaveal where we sail to the Aran Islands.  On arrival we tour this famous island by coach starting with a visit to Dun Aengus, the bronze-age promontory fort with four concentric stone walls.  We visit “Na Seacht dTeampaill”, the Seven Churches, which make up a monastic settlement dedicated to St. Brecan. We meet Padraigin Clancy who will give us intriguing information regarding the history and culture of these Islands.  Tonight we will stay on the Island and enjoy dinner in our guesthouse. BD

DAY 12: Friday, September 19, 2014 - Today we will depart the Aran Islands on the morning ferry.  We travel to Limerick where we visit Glenstall Abbey, a Benedictine monastery.  The Abbey is the home to a community of about 40 monks.  The community life of prayer is combined with running a boarding school for boys, a farm, a guesthouse and various other works.  We meet one of the monks from the Abbey who will tell us the history of Glenstall Abbey.  We will enjoy a gala farewell dinner at Durty Nellies Pub and overnight in Shannon. BD

DAY 13: Saturday, September 27, 2014 - We will cross the road from our hotel to the Shannon Airport terminal for our flight home. BM

Price:  $3,599.00*.  Price is based on a minimum 20 Pilgrims, double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Kansas City, MO Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single Supplement:  $559.00

* Excludes airline taxes and fuel surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice and tips for the driver and guide that are payable upon completion of services.  Estimated taxes and fuel surcharges are $532.90 per person.

* 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 $1.34 to the Euro.

$300.00 per person deposit due by March 1, 2014 with registration and copy of passport.

Final Payment due by June 1, 2014.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until March 1, 2014:  $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 2 – June 1, 2014:  $700.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ June 2, 2014 or later:  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.