Pictures from Ireland

Exploring our Celtic Spirituality

Youth Pilgrimage to Ireland

Led by:

The Rev. John Herring
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
Atlanta, GA

June 6 – 15, 2011

Trip map

DAY 1, Monday, June 6, 2011 - Depart the Atlanta Airport for our trans-Atlantic flight into Dublin.  Dinner on board the aircraft. D

DAY 2: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - Our pilgrimage to Ireland begins:  Upon arrival in Dublin, we clear immigration and depart for Glendalough, stopping along the way 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. LD

DAY 3: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - St. Kevin’s Monastic City:  We have an early morning in order to tour St. Kevin’s Monastic City before the crowds arrive.  We visit St. Kevin’s Church, Kevin’s Cross, The Cathedral, The Round Tower and St. Mary’s Church.  After a picnic lunch we continue to St. Kevin’s Desert and the Upper Lake.  Dinner and overnight at Sli an Chroi. BLD

DAY 4: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - After breakfast we depart for Kildare to visit The Brigidine Sisters, founded in 1807 by Daniel Delany, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.  They live in Solas Bhride, a small Christian centre which has as its focus St. Brigid and Celtic Spirituality.  We participate in their pilgrimage “Walking in the footsteps of Brigid.”  The pilgrimage leads 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.  The monks and nuns lived under the same roof and a perpetual fire, a pagan ritual, was kept burning here until the 16th century. We enjoy a picnic lunch and continue on to Castledermot and Moone, where we see the famous 10th century High Crosses.  We continue to Dublin for dinner and overnight at the Orlath Retreat Centre. BLD

DAY 5: Friday, June 10, 2011 - This morning we travel to Bru na Boinne where we tour Knowth, one of the most important Neolithic Passage Tombs.  We enjoy our picnic lunch at the site of Monasterboice and continue on to walk the Hill of Tara and view a video which will give us an appreciation of the importance of this site and Ireland’s conversion to Christianity.  We travel back to Dublin where we attend Evensong at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Dinner and overnight Orlath Retreat Centre. BD

DAY 6: Saturday, June 11, 2011 - Today we spend a day in Ireland’s capital, Dublin.  Starting with a visit to Kilmainham Gaol, Europe’s largest working gaol from the 1780’s to the 1920’s.  Now a museum, the tour will cover some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation from Penal times to 1924.  Next, 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 to the National Museum which houses a rich collection of Irish antiquities from the prehistoric times to the end of the medieval period.  We visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral.  Now on to St. Michan’s Church, the oldest Parish Church on the north side of the River Liffey.  The dry atmospheric conditions in the burial vaults has resulted in the mummification of the corpses.  The afternoon we will be free for shopping and personal exploration in Dublin in small groups with a chaperone.  We enjoy a traditional Fish and Chips dinner before we return to Orlath Retreat Centre for overnight. BLD

DAY 7: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - We leave the capital today and head west to Galway stopping in Clonmacnoise where we visit St. Ciaran’s Monastery.  We continue our journey to Rossaveal for the evening ferry to Inishmor, the largest of the Aran Islands.  Dinner and overnight Tigh Fitz Guesthouse, Inismor. BLD

DAY 8: Monday, June 13, 2011 - Today we will rent bicycles (weather permitting) and visit Dun Aengus, an 8th century B.C. fort; the Seven Churches, the Viking Mound, St. Kierans and the Seal Sanctuary.  We continue on the Pilgrims way and see the ruins of St. Enda’s Church and Monastery, Cromwell Castle and St. Benan’s Church.  We enjoy a Celtic Eucharist with Fr. Dara Molly a former Catholic priest who has developed his teaching and Celtic resources on the Aran Islands before heading back to our guesthouse for dinner.  After dinner we enjoy traditional Irish Ceili Dance Lessons with a local expert instructor from the island.  Dinner and overnight Tigh Fitz Guesthouse. BD

DAY 9: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - This morning we say “goodbye” to Inishmor as we travel by ferry and transfer to the mainland and continue 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.  In the southern part of the Burren, limestone gives way to the black shale and sandstone that form the dramatic Cliffs of Moher.  We continue on to Ennis to visit Ennis Cathedral.  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. BL

DAY 10: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 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 our flight back to Atlanta. BL

Price: Contact The Rev. John Herring for pricing.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Atlanta, GA Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.

* * Excludes airline taxes and surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice.  Estimated taxes as of April 9, 2010 $111.20 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 TBD 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 7, 2011.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ May 4, 2010 – March 7, 2011 - $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 8, 2011 – April 21, 2011 - $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After April 22, 2011:  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.