Saint Francis University Alumni Group Tour

TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES

10 nights accommodation

10 dinners

Modern luxury coach and all admission fees

PACKAGE PRICE (LAND ONLY)

Cost per person for main land package:

€1289.00 pp in a standard room, double occupancy

€1331.0 pp in a standard room, single occupancy

This price is based on a group size of 42 participants

Air travel is additional

Personal travel insurance is highly recommended

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Please note that all of the above are subject to availability on your precise dates.  Final costs will depend on the dates travelled and the number of participants in the group.


Depart the USA

Wednesday 27th May 2015 


Dublin, Trinity College & Book Of Kells 

Thursday May 28th 2015

On arrival to Ireland we will spend the day in Ireland’s capital, 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 visit Guinness Storehouse originally built in 1904 to house the Guinness fermentation process.  

Overnight Dublin DBB


Spiritual Journey Through Glendalough 

Friday May 29th 2015

This morning we will visit Glendalough a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul. We will celebrate Mass in the beautiful Gods Cottage Church.   Afterwards we will visit the Heritage Centre and Museum where we see a video entitled “Ireland of the Monasteries”. 

We will meet Fr Michael Rodgers founder and Director of Tearmann Centre, Michael Rodgers 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 eventually to mystical Glendalough. He spent much time exploring the valley and its story. People heard about him and began requesting accompanied walks. He found that as they walked together individual stories quite spontaneously emerged, and in the way of pilgrimage the listening ear they would receive and offer became an important part of the experience. It became apparent that there was a hunger in people for a more natural and soulful expression of spirituality, and for opportunities for the companionship of like-minded souls.  Michael encourages an experiential approach that incorporates history, legend, spirituality, Christian tradition and awareness of nature and the environment. 

He will bring you for a walk to St. Kevin’s Monastic City where you will visit St. Kevin’s Church, Kevin’s Cross, the Cathedral, the Round Tower and St. Mary’s Church.   We will travel back to Dublin and get ready to transfer to the Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Pub for a Traditional Dinner and Irish Show.   The two hour show is a highly entertaining, interactive and memorable concert of authentic Irish music and song and features our outstanding musicians and troupe of Irish dancers.

Overnight Dublin DBB. 


Newgrange, Hill Of Slane, Monasterboice & Mellifont Abbey

Saturday May 30th 2015

This morning we will attend Mass in the Pro Cathedral Dublin.  After Mass we will travel to Northern Ireland.  On the way we will visit the pre-Christian, megalithic site Newgrange a megalithic burial ground designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We will see the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick lit a Paschal fire as a challenge to the pagan High King of Tara and visit Monasterboice to see Muiredach’s High Cross, the finest high cross in all of Ireland. Later we will visit Mellifont Abbey, founded in 1142 and the first Cistercian Abbey in Ireland. We will continue to Armagh for our overnight stay.  

Armagh DBB

Armagh, Standford Lough, Belfast

Sunday May 31st 2015

 

This morning we will tour the Roman Catholic Cathedral, learning about its impressive architecture and about the recent peace-building partnership between the two Cathedrals.  We will follow in the footsteps of St Patrick, who through his creative interpretation of the Christian faith did much to ignite the flame of Christianity in Ireland. We will visit the beautiful area of Strangford Lough area, including the St Patrick’s Centre, Downpatrick Cathedral, and Saul Church, built in 1932, to commemorate Saint Patrick's first church in Ireland.   We will continue to Belfast where we will visit the Titanic Centre

Overnight Belfast   DBB


The North Coast

Monday June 1st 2015

This morning we will enjoy a guided tour of Belfast.  We will see the Falls Road and the Peace Wall.  We will enjoy a scenic drive to the Giant’s Causeway on the North Coast, one of the great natural wonders of Ireland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  After the visit we will continue our journey through beautiful Northern Ireland through county Donegal to Sligo town for our overnight stay. 

Overnight Sligo DBB


Knock Shrine - Leading Marian Shrine And Ballintubber Abbey

Tuesday June 2nd 2015

Today we  will visit Knock Shrine, one of the world's leading Marian shrines. On 21st August 1879, at about 8 o'clock, fifteen people; women, men and children, witnessed an Apparition. In 1979 Pope John Paul II visited Knock Shrine.  We will visit the Basilica, the largest church in Ireland.  We will attend Mass celebrate by The Most Rev. Michael  Neary, Archbishop of Tuam.  We will also visit the Museum explaining history of the Apparition.   We will continue to Ballintubber Abbey originally founded by St Patrick when he brought Christianity to Ireland in c.441AD. The present Abbey was founded in 1216 by King Cathal O'Conor. Ballintubber Abbey and its faith filled story offers a powerful and inspiring setting for us to step back from their often busy lives and reflect on relationships with family, friends and God.  We will travel through beautiful Connemara to Clifden.  After dinner we will meet Br. James Mungovan who will give a talk on the history of the Franciscan Monastery that was established in Roundstone in 1835. 

Overnight Clifden Co Galway DBB


Connemara, Kylemore Abbey

Wednesday June 3rd 2015

"Prayer is the very breath of our Benedictine life, from which everything else flows. This morning we will travel to Roundstone to see the Bell Tower  and the remains of the Franciscan Monastery in the village. We will continue to Kylemore Abbey the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. The community of nuns, who have resided here since 1920, have a long history stretching back almost three hundred and forty years.  We will attend Mass in the Abbey celebrated by Fr. Christopher Van Tassell T.O.R. President of St Francis University. We will visit the Gothic Church, the Victorian Walled Gardensthe Craft Shop, Pottery studioRestaurant and Tea Rooms as well as the Lake and Woodland walks.    

Overnight Galway DBB


Aran Islands

Thursday June 4th 2015

After breakfast we will travel to the ferry port Rossaveal where we will take a ferry to the Aran Islands on arrival we will walk to the Church on the Islands where we will attend Mass celebrated  by Fr. Christopher Van Tassell T.O.R.  After Mass we will tour by coach and visit Dun Aengus, the Iron Age fort built as four concentric stone walls. The fort has been called the “most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe”. We will visit Na Seacht dTeampaill, the Seven Churches which make up a monastic settlement dedicated to St. Brecan.  

We will meet with Padraigin Clancy.  Padraigin has lectured extensively and has facilitated retreats and seminars throughout Ireland, appearing frequently on Irish national radio and television.  Originally drawn to the Island by her studies, she has made it her home since 1990.  In that time she has documented an extensive collection of Irish folkloreand cultural history.  We will return to the mainland and continue to Galway.   

Overnight Galway DBB

Cliffs Of Moher, Kilmacduagh & Poulnabrone

Friday June 5th 2015 

This morning before we depart Galway we will enjoy a 90 minute cruise with Irish Coffee Demonstration on board the Corrib Princess.  The Corrib Princess departs from the pier at Woodquay in city centre, passengers will enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and the lake as we Cruise River & Lough Corrib.   The trip takes you along the river and then out onto the expansive Lough (Lake) Corrib. You can sit up on the sun deck and take in the views; there is also an indoor area downstairs with comfortable seating and a bar.  A member of the crew will give an award winning Irish coffee demonstration, giving the history of Irish whiskey and showing you the art of Irish coffee making.  They will also teach a number of people from the group the Siege of Ennis and Irish Dance.

We will travel to Kilmacduagh an old monastic settlement before continuing to The Burren, in North County Clare. This unique place is like no other place in Ireland. There are no bogs and very few pastures; instead there are huge pavements of limestone.  The Burren is also famous for its plant life with many very rare and protected species.  We will continue to the Cliffs of Moher.  The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometers over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare.  O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. 

 From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.  We will visit Poulnabrone one of the most famous Irish dolmens. The thin capstone sits on two high portal stones to create a chamber and a low cairn. This site dates back to about 2500 BC. We will continue on to our hotel in Limerick

Overnight Limerick DBB


Glenstall Abbey - Benedictine Monastery, Solas Bhride & Maynooth College

Saturday June 6th 2015

Today we will visit Glenstall Abbey a Benedictine Monastery in County Limerick.  The Abbey is the home to a community of about 40 monks. The community life of prayer is combined with running a boarding school for boys, a farm, a guesthouse and various other works.  Situated on a 500 acre estate with streams, lakes and woodland paths, surrounds a castle built in the romantic Norman style. The monks assemble in Church four times a day for the Divine Office and the Mass.  In the crypt of the church is a chapel with Orthodox icons, designed by the architect, Jeremy Williams. It is a unique sacred space reminding us that monasticism has its roots in the Christian east.  In traditional Byzantine style, it takes the shape of a cross in a square with a central circle surmounted by a dome.  We will enjoy a walk in the front and back avenues at our leisure.  The lands have a wide variety of specimen trees and flowers and are a wildlife sanctuary. Part of the remains of Ireland’s primitive oak forest lies along the edge of the front avenue.   We will also meet Br Padraig of Glenstal who will tell us the history of the Abbey. 

After our visit we will continue to Solas Bhride.  Solas Bhride means ‘Brigid’s light/flame’ is a small Christian Centre, which has as its focus St. Brigid and Celtic Spirituality. Here we will meet with one of the Sisters and we will “Walk in the footsteps of St. Brigid”, a pilgrim journey to the sites around Kildare town associated with St. Brigid.   After our visit we will travel to Maynooth where will visit St Patrick’s College Maynooth,  founded in 1795 as a seminary for the education of priests, and by 1850 had become the largest seminary in the world.  Today Maynooth University is a university of international standing, a community of over 9,000 students and 800 staff, renowned for research and scholarship of global repute.   We will celebrate Mass in the University Church.   We will continue to Dublin where we will say goodbye to our guide.

Overnight Dublin DBB


Day Of Departure

Sunday June 7th2015   

We will take our coaches to Dublin Airport and say goodbye to our drivers before checking in for our flight home.

Safe Home - Slán Abhaile


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