Pictures from Ireland

Exploring our Celtic Spirituality

Youth Pilgrimage to Ireland

Led by:

Martha Adams
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church
Burlington, NC

April 1 – 9, 2012

Trip map

DAY 1, Sunday, April 1, 2012 - Depart the Raleigh Durham Airport on Continental Airlines connecting at the Newark Airport to our trans-Atlantic flight into Dublin.  Dinner on board the aircraft. M

DAY 2: Monday, April 2, 2012 - Our Pilgrimage to Ireland begins:  Upon arrival in Dublin, we will clear immigration and depart for 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.  Dinner and overnight Whites Hotel Lisdoonvarna. LD

DAY 3: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - This morning we travel to Doolin where we take the ferry to Inishmore, the biggest of the Aran Islands.  We meet our guide Dara Molloy, a former Catholic priest who has developed his teaching and Celtic resources on the Aran Islands.  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.  We board the ferry and return to the mainland.  We will shop, plan and prepare dinner at our accommodations this evening.  After dinner we enjoy traditional Irish Ceili Dance Lessons with a local expert instructor and local youth.  Dinner and overnight Park Lodge Cottages. BLD

DAY 4: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - Depart for a full day in Kildare, site of the 6th century St. Brigid’s Monastery, St. Brigid’s Cathedral and St. Brigid’s Well.  We will have some time for prayers and a Pilgrim Liturgy at the Well.  We visit Solas Bhride, a small Christian centre, which has as its focus St. Brigid and Celtic Spirituality.  There will be time for prayers, reflection and a Pilgrim Liturgy at St. Brigid’s Well.  Dinner and overnight Kippure Centre, Blessington Co. Wicklow. BLD

DAY 5: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - Today we travel to the Boyne Valley.  We visit 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.  Dinner and overnight Kippure Centre, Blessington Co. Wicklow. BLD

DAY 6: Friday, April 6, 2012 - This morning we travel to Glendalough, a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul.  Our first stop is the Heritage Centre and Museum where we see a video entitled “Ireland of the Monasteries”.  We meet Fr. Michael Rodgers who returned to Ireland after twenty years missionary service to serve on his congregation’s leadership team.  During this time he began to explore his own roots, a journey that led him to Glendalough.  He will lead us on the pilgrim’s walk through 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 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 at Kippure Centre, Blessington Co. Wicklow. BLD

DAY 7: Saturday, April 7, 2012 - Today we enjoy a day in 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 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 small groups with a chaperone in Dublin.  We join back together at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, for a tour of the cathedral and Evensong.  Dinner and overnight at Kippure Centre, Blessington Co. Wicklow. BLD

DAY 8: Sunday, April 8, 2012 - Easter Sunday.  Today we enjoy a day in Dublin where we attend the 11:15 AM Easter Service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  This afternoon we will be free for shopping and personal exploration in small groups with a chaperone in Dublin.  Dinner and overnight at Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport. BLD

DAY 9: Monday, April 9, 2012 - After breakfast take a shuttle to the Dublin Airport for our return flight home.  We board our Continental flight into Newark where we connect to our flight back to Raleigh Durham arriving at 2:15 PM. BM

Price:  $2,239.00.  Price is based on a minimum 12 Pilgrims, double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Raleigh Durham, NC Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single Supplement:  $99.00

Price includes trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.

* * Excludes airline taxes and surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice.  Estimated taxes as of November 10, 2011:  $473.40 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 $1.36 to the Euro. **

$300.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport by December 15, 2011.

Final Payment due by January 15, 2012.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until December 22, 2011:  $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ December 23, 2011 – February 15, 2012:  $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After February 16, 2012:  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.