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Spiritual Ireland Pilgrimage

June 9 - 19, 2014

Travel with Fr. Rob Walsh on this very special spiritual pilgrimage throughout Ireland exclusively for the members of Catholic Terps from University of Maryland.

 

Monday, June 9th
Tonight we will fly from Dulles Airport to IRELAND.

 

Tuesday, June 10th
This morning when our plane lands in the Emerald Isle, we will collect our luggage and meet our driver/guide who will take us to our private deluxe motorcoach. We will drive through the beautiful Irish countryside until we arrive at the SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF KNOCK. Upon our arrival, we check into our hotel, unpack and gather for a tour of the shrine. Fr. Rob will celebrate holy mass prior to dinner. B, D

 

Wednesday, June 11th
This morning following a full Irish breakfast, we have some special things planned that will be announced at breakfast. In the afternoon we will drive to BALLINTUBBER ABBEY where Fr. Rob will celebrate holy mass and also conduct a baptismal renewal with the group. We will return to the shrine later in the afternoon and enjoy dinner this evening. Tonight, for those who are interested, we will learn how to make a St. Brigid’s Cross. B, D

 

Thursday, June 12th
This morning we will enjoy a delicious Irish breakfast and then board our coach and drive to the foot of MOUNT CROHCH PATRICK. Upon our arrival at the base of the mountain, we will begin our climb. We will carry our boxed lunches and begin our journey up the mountain. There will be time for photographs, prayer and having lunch before descending from the mountain and returning to our hotel. Tonight before dinner, Fr. Rob will celebrate holy mass in the church at the shrine. B, L, D

 

Friday, June 13th
This morning following an early breakfast we will check out of our hotel and drive south where we will board a ferry to the ARAN ISLANDS. We will go directly to the island of Inishmore where we will have free time to enjoy on our own. In the afternoon, Fr. Rob will celebrate holy mass in the local church before we board the ferry that will take us back to the mainland. Once we cross, we will be met by our driver will take us to our hotel in GALWAY. We will check into our hotel and relax before enjoying a delicious dinner together. B, D

 

Saturday, June 14th
Today following morning prayers and breakfast, we will drive to the Celtic Crystal Factory where we will see a professional glass cutter at work. Our next stop is the Connemara Marble Shop where we will learn more about the mining of Ireland’s Connemara Marble. From here, we will drive to see the extraordinary KYLEMORE ABBEY & GARDENS. There will be time to walk around and have lunch on our own before driving back to our hotel. Fr. Rob will celebrate holy mass in the Galway Cathedral. The evening is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. B

 

Sunday, June 15th
Today we will check out of our hotel and drive south on our way to KILLARNEY. Along our drive, we will stop and visit the famous BUNRATTY CASTLE FOLK PARK. Here we will have time to walk around this uniquely designed village and also visit Bunratty Castle. Following this, we will board our coach and continue our drive. Our next stop will be at the extraordinary CLIFFS OF MOHER. There will be time for photographs and lunch on your own before we finally arrive into KILLARNEY. Here we will check into our hotel and the Fr. Rob will celebrate holy mass in a nearby church. Following mass, we will enjoy dinner at our hotel. B, D

 

Monday, June 16th
This morning, following a delicious Irish breakfast, we will set out for one of the most spectacular drives of the entire trip, the scenic DINGLE PENINSULA. We will enjoy a day of great photo opportunities and an opportunity to visit the harbor town of DINGLE. We will return to Killarney in the later part of the afternoon and Fr. Rob will celebrate holy mass in the cathedral. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure. B

 

Tuesday, June 17th
This morning, following a delicious Irish breakfast, we will check out of our hotel drive to our hotel located in County Wicklow. We will stop along the way where Fr. Rob will celebrate holy mass and we can enjoy lunch on our own. We will also stop at the spectacular ROCK OF CASHEL for a quick photograph. We will arrive at our hotel, check in, and the evening is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. B

 

Wednesday, June 18th
This morning following breakfast, we will drive into the city of DUBLIN where we will start the day with Fr. Rob celebrating holy mass. Following this, we will board our bus and enjoy a PANORAMIC TOUR OF DUBLIN. We will drive past many historical and popular sights and end the tour in the center part of the city. There will be time in the afternoon to shop on the famous Grafton Street, visit the Guinness Factory, Trinity College, the Book of Kells and have lunch on our own before we leave the city later in the day and drive to our hotel. Tonight, we will all gather for a “farewell dinner” as we bring our special pilgrimage in the Emerald Isle to a close. B, D

 

Thursday, June 19th
This morning, following breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and drive to the Dublin Airport for our flight back to Dulles Airport. B

Trip Cost

$2598.00 | per person

 

Reservations

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Package Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • First-Class hotel accommodations
  • Private motor coach & driver
  • Spectacular photo opportunities
  • Most meals
  • Sightseeing as listed in the itinerary

 

 

Fr. Rob Walsh
Spiritual Director