Pictures from Ireland

Exploring our Celtic Spirituality

Youth Pilgrimage to Ireland

Led by:

The Rev. Lauren Hendrick
Church of the Good Shepherd
Lexington, KY

June 21 – 30, 2010

Trip map

DAY 1, Monday, June 21, 2010 - Depart the Louisville Airport on Continental Airlines to Newark Airport. There we will transfer for our trans-Atlantic flight into Dublin. Dinner on board the aircraft. D

DAY 2: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - Our pilgrimage to Ireland begins: Upon arrival in Dublin, we clear immigration and depart for Glendalough, stopping along the way for a light breakfast and to purchase groceries for our meal preparation at the retreat house. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul. We visit the Heritage Centre and Museum where we see a video entitled “Ireland of the Monasteries”. We then enjoy a hearty lunch at the Glendalough Hotel. This evening we will have a group meeting followed by an evening meal at our retreat house. Dinner and overnight Sli an Chroi, St. Patricks, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow. BLD

DAY 3: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - An early morning start with a pilgrim’s walk through St. Kevin’s Monastic City before the crowds arrive. We meet our local guide and visit St. Kevin’s Church, Kevin’s Cross, The Cathedral, The Round Tower and St. Mary’s Church. We will then return to the retreat house and the rest of the afternoon will be free to explore on our own in small groups, reflect, journal or rest. Dinner and overnight Sli an Chroi, St. Patricks, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow. BLD

DAY 4: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - Today we travel to the capital of Ireland, Dublin where we visit Phoenix Park, at 707 hectares (1752 acres), it is a historic landscape of international importance and one of the largest designed landscapes in any European city. It was originally established as a Royal deer park in the 17th century and is home to Áras an Uachtaráin, Irish for 'The President's House'. We 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, housing a rich collection of Irish antiquities from the prehistoric times to the end of the medieval period. This afternoon we will be free for shopping and personal exploration in Dublin. We enjoy a traditional Fish and Chips dinner then continue on to The Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin for overnight. BLD

DAY 5: Friday, June 25, 2010 - After breakfast we depart for Kildare, site of the 6th century St. Brigid’s Monastery, St. Brigid’s Cathedral and St. Brigid’s Well. We visit Solas Bhríde, a small Christian centre, which has as its focus St. Brigid and Celtic Spirituality. We enjoy prayers, reflection and a Pilgrim Liturgy at St Brigid’s Well. We continue on our journey to the small costal village of Spiddal in the west of Ireland for dinner and overnight at the Park Lodge Hotel, Spiddal. BLD

DAY 6: Saturday, June 26, 2010 - Our journey continues as we travel to Croagh Patrick, Patrick’s sacred mountain. The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption. It was on the summit of this mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation ever since. We will climb the mountain under the direction of an experienced local guide. Dinner and overnight Park Lodge Hotel, Spiddal. BLD

Croagh Patrick will take about 6 hours to climb to the top and back down.  Please note that this is a difficult climb and you may not be able to complete it.  You must have appropriate attire including climbing boots with ankle support, rain jacket, layers of light clothing which can be put on and removed as required, backpack, plenty of water and snacks.

DAY 7: Sunday, June 27, 2010 - This morning we travel through Connemara. We will be guided by an experienced guide through the Maumturk Mountains to the sacred place of Maumeen, a place of pilgrimage and site of a small church, holy well and a statue of St. Patrick. We continue on through North Connemara and visit Kylemore Abbey, the only Irish home of the Benedictine Nuns. Built originally as a Castle in 1868, it is one of the best examples of Irish neo-gothic architecture. The estate features a Victorian Walled Garden, restored Abbey reception rooms, a Gothic Church, tranquil walks, craft shop, pottery and restaurant. After our visit, we continue to Rossaveal for the evening ferry to Inis Mor, one of the mystical Aran Islands. After dinner, we meet with Padraigin Clancy who has lectured extensively and has facilitated retreats and seminars throughout Ireland, appearing frequently on Irish national radio and television. Originally drawn to the Island by her studies, she has made it her home since 1990. In that time she has documented an extensive collection of Irish folklore and cultural history. Dinner and overnight Tigh Fitz Guesthouse. BLD

DAY 8: Monday, June 28, 2010 - Today we explore Inis Mor with Padraigin Clancy. We will rent bicycles (weather permitting) and visit Dun Aengus, an 8th century B.C. fort. We will reflect on the pre-Christian tradition as well as the monastic heritage on Aran. After lunch, we continue to the Seven Churches, the Viking Mound, St. Kierans and the Seal Sanctuary. After dinner, we enjoy traditional Irish Ceili Dancing Lessons with a local expert from the Island. Dinner and overnight Tigh Fitz Guesthouse. BLD

DAY 9: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - Today we will visit Galway, City of the Tribes, where we will have some time to explore the city on our own in small groups with a chaperone. We continue on to the Burren, which means “rocky land” in Gaelic. The Burren is a unique botanical environment in which Mediterranean and Alpine plants rare to Ireland grow side by side. We visit Corcomroe Abbey, one of the best-known monastic sites in Ireland. Built at the end of the 12th century by the Cistercians, or ‘white monks’, and occupied up until the 17th century, it is under state care and is in an excellent state of preservation, with several fascinating and elaborate wall carvings, stone heads and tombstones still visible. We continue on to Poulnabrone Dolmen, dated to c. 5,800 BP this is one of the oldest known structures in the Burren. Used as a burial tomb, when excavated it was found to contain the remains of up to 22 people, interred over six centuries In the southern part of the Burren, limestone gives way to the black shale and sandstone that form the dramatic Cliffs of Moher. Our driver will bid us farewell after we check into our hotel for our final night in Ireland. Dinner and overnight Park Inn Hotel, Shannon Airport. BD

DAY 10: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - After breakfast we walk across to the Shannon Airport for our return flight home. A hotel porter will arrange for trolleys to transfer our luggage to the airport. We board Continental Airlines for our departure to Newark. There we will transfer to our flight into the Louisville Airport. BL

Price: $3,319.00  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Louisville, KY.  Air transportation available from other cities.

Price includes trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.

* Excludes airline taxes and surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice. Estimated taxes as of October 2, 2009 $213.01 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 $1.47041 to the Euro. **

During this itinerary, you will shop and plan for your meals while in the Glendalough area. You will be preparing your own breakfast, packed lunches and dinners while in the Glendalough area.

$200.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport.

Final Payment due by March 22, 2010.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ October 2, 2009 – February 19, 2010 - $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ February 20, 2010 – May 6, 2010 - $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After May 7, 2010:  NO REFUND

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.