Pictures from Ireland

St. Anne Episcopal Church

Youth Pilgrimage to Ireland

Led by:

Peter Pond
St. Anne Episcopal Church
West Chester, OH

June 14 – 22, 2011

Trip map

DAY 1, Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - Depart from Dayton for our trans-Atlantic flight into Dublin.  Dinner on board the aircraft. M

DAY 2: Wednesday, June 15, 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. MLD

DAY 3: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 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: Friday, June 17, 2011 - We depart for Newgrange with a stop along the way at the Hill of Slane where disputes between clans were settled; new laws were passed; and eventually Christianity was proclaimed from the summit by St. Patrick.  We continue on to Monasterboice which was founded by Saint Buite, who died in 521 AD.  This site contains two of the finest High Crosses in Ireland, both of these Crosses are made of sandstone and date to around the 9th century.  The site also has a round tower, which is in excellent condition.  We continue to Brú na Bóinne, the cradle of Irish civilization.  The most significant Neolithic monument here is Newgrange, one of the three passage graves.  Later we will visit Mellifont Abbey, founded in 1142 and the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland.  We return to Dublin where we attend Evensong at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Dinner and overnight Emmaus Retreat Center, Dublin. BLD

DAY 5: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - Today we spend a day in the capital of Ireland, Dublin where 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 Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin for overnight. BD

DAY 6: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 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 the Bridgidine Sisters, founded in 1807 by Daniel Delany, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.  They live in Solas Bhríde, a small Christian centre, 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 us 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 here under the same roof and a perpetual fire, a pagan ritual, was kept burning here until the 16th century.  We enjoy prayers, reflection and a Pilgrim Liturgy at St Brigid’s Well.  We continue on to Westport, County Mayo for dinner and overnight. BLD

DAY 7: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 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 Westport. 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 8: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - Today we visit Clonmacnoise, an early Christian site founded by Saint Ciaran in the 6th century.  This site includes the ruins of a cathedral, eight churches (10th-13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and a large collection of early Christian grave slabs.  We continue on to Dublin for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 9: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - After breakfast we transfer to the Dublin Airport for our return flight home. BL

Price: $2,439.00  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Dayton, OH Airport.  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 August 17, 2010 $286.70 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 $1.36685 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 15, 2011.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ June 22, 2010 – March 15, 2011 - $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 16, 2011 – April 29, 2011 - $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After April 30, 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.