Pictures from the Ireland

A Celtic Expedition of Poetic Proportions

A Pilgrimage to Ireland

Led by:

Sister Barbara Jean Brown and Sister Julian Wilson
Anamchara Fellowship
Newark, DE

July 24 – August 3, 2009

Trip map

Dr. Laura Dabundo, professor of English at Kennesaw State University, will lead us in reflections on Irish poetry as we journey through Ireland.

Sister Barbara Jean Brown and Sister Julian Wilson will be offering historical and theological perspectives of Celtic Christianity.  We will enjoy daily prayer and have opportunities for Holy Eucharist as we travel through Ireland.

DAY 1, Friday, July 24, 2009 - Depart the United States for our trans-Atlantic flight to Dublin, Ireland.  Dinner served on board the aircraft). D

DAY 2: Saturday, July 25, 2009 - Our Pilgrimage to Ireland begins:  Upon arrival in Dublin, we meet our driver and depart Dublin Airport through the green rolling hills of the Boyne Valley for a visit to Knowth, a Stone Age passage grave.  This great mound was built over 5000 years ago and has two passages with entrances on opposite sides.  We will visit Mellifont Abbey, founded in 1142 and the first Cistercian Abbey in Ireland.  We will continue to the All Hallows College for our evening meal and overnight. D

DAY 3: Sunday, July 26, 2009 - This morning we will attend Christ Church Cathedral for Eucharist.  We will have time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy lunch at our leisure in Dublin.  In the afternoon 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 will return to the All Hallows College for overnight. B

DAY 4: Monday, July 27, 2009 - Today we will visit KildareThe Brigidine Sisters, founded in 1807 by Daniel Delany, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.  They live in Solas Bhríde, a small Christian centre in Kildare which has as its focus St. Brigid and Celtic Spirituality.  They have developed a pilgrimage, "Walking in the footsteps of Brigid." The pilgrimage will lead the pilgrim to historical sites associated with Brigid, including a visit to St. Brigid’s Cathedral which commemorates the saint who founded a religious community here in 490.  Here, monks and nuns lived under the same roof and a perpetual fire, a pagan ritual, was kept burning here until the 16th century.  We will return to the All Hallows College for our evening meal and overnight. BD

DAY 5: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - Today is completely free to explore on our own.  We can explore Dublin and all it has to offer at our own pace.  We are fee to enjoy lunch and dinner at our own leisure.  We will return to All Hallows College for overnight. B

DAY 6: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - Today we travel to Glendalough, the setting of some of Ireland's most important monastic settlements.  At the visitor's center, we will see a film, "Ireland of the Monasteries", which will give us a brief history of the monastery.  There will be a pilgrimage walk through St. Kevin's Monastic City and the remains of St. Kevin's Cell, the Reefert Church and Tempall na Skellig.  We will visit the graveyard and the old Abbey Church.  We can enjoy as much or as little of this pilgrimage walk, as we wish, before returning to All Hallows College for our evening meal and overnight. BD

DAY 7: Thursday, July 30, 2009 - Today we depart Dublin and continue to the lovely Dingle Peninsula stopping along the way at the Rock of Cashel, a giant circular mound rising 200 feet above the surrounding plain.  Legend has it that the devil, flying over Ireland in a hurry, took a bite out of the Slieve Bloom Mountains to clear his path and spat it out here in the Golden Vale at Cashel.  We will see a spectacular group of medieval buildings in a stunning site.  After our visit we continue on to Dingle, a picturesque small harbour village, for overnight in the Dingle Harbour Lodge B and B.  Our first night’s dinner is arranged in a local restaurant. BD

DAY 8: Friday, July 31, 2009 - We begin our time on the Dingle peninsula with an extended drive along the beautiful coast.  We will visit Mount Brandon, where we see ancient beehive huts from the Bronze Age and an ancient Christian church, Gallarus.  We return to Dingle and are free to enjoy dinner in a local restaurant of our own choosing.  Overnight Dingle Harbour Lodge B and B. B

DAY 9: Saturday, August 1, 2009 - Today we are free to explore Dingle town at our leisure.  There is a saying: Dingle isn’t heaven, but it’s a local call from there.  For those of us feeling adventurous we can arrange our own local activities, for example:  a pony trek, a session at the Dingle music school or a little while at the potter’s wheel.  We are free to arrange our own lunch and dinner.  Overnight Dingle Harbour Lodge B and B. B

DAY 10: Sunday, August 2, 2009 - We will attend church services in the morning.  Afterwards, we will depart Dingle and travel to the Spectacular Cliffs of Moher before we continue on to Ennis where we will enjoy some free time to explore on our own.  We will continue to the Park Inn Hotel, Shannon for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 11: Monday, August 3, 2009 - Depart our hotel for our return flight to the USA. B

Price: $3,499.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Newark, NJ.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement $259.00 .

** 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 $1.28244 to the Euro. **

Final payment due April 25, 2009.

◊ $300.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport..

Cancellation Penalties
◊ August 19, 2008 – April 23, 2009 - $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ April 24, 2009 – June 8, 2009 - $300.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After June 9, 2009: NO REFUND

An application for travel insurance will be included with the receipt for your deposit.  We strongly recommend that you seriously consider this coverage.

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner

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