Pictures from Ireland

Exploring our Celtic Spirituality

Youth Pilgrimage to Ireland

Led by:

The Rev. Loren Hague
Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
Augusta, GA

July 14 - 22, 2012

Trip map

DAY 1, Saturday, July 14, 2012 - Depart the Augusta Airport on US Airways to Charlotte.  There, we will transfer to US Airways for our trans-Atlantic flight into Dublin. M

DAY 2: Sunday, July 15, 2012 - Our pilgrimage to Ireland begins:  Upon arrival in Dublin, we clear immigration and depart for GlendaloughGlendalough 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 Kippure Estate, Co. Wicklow. LD

DAY 3: Monday, July 16, 2012 - 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 Kippure Estate, Co. Wicklow. BLD

DAY 4: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 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: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 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: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 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 St. Anthonys, Westport, County Mayo for dinner and overnight. BLD

DAY 7: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 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 St. Anthonys, Westport, County Mayo. 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: Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 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 at the Clarion Hotel, Dublin Airport. BD

DAY 9: Sunday, July 22, 2012 - After breakfast we transfer to the Dublin Airport and board our US Airways flight for our departure to Charlotte.  There we will transfer to US Airways for our flight into the Augusta Airport. BM

Price:  $2,509.00.  Price is based on a minimum 15 Pilgrims, double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Augusta, GA Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single Supplement:  $109.00

Price includes trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.

* * Excludes airline taxes and surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice.  Estimated taxes as of January 30, 2012:  $506.10 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 $1.30 to the Euro. **

$200.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport by December 15, 2011.

Final Payment due by April 12, 2012.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until April 11, 2012:  $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ April 12 – May 28, 2012:  $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ May 29, 2012 or later:  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.