A pilgrimage to Ireland in association with St Brigit Episcopal Church,Colorado, USA.
This Pilgrimage Features Input From Local Irish Experts Including Pádraigin Clancy, Fr Michael Rogers, Grace Clunie & Sister Mary Minehan (Solas Bhride)
TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES
11 nights accommodation
Modern luxury coach and all admission fees
Céad Míle Fáilte (Welcome) To Ireland
Our Pilgrimage to Ireland begins. Upon arrival in Dublin, we will clear customs and meet our driver. We will enjoy a panoramic tour where we visit Phoenix Park, established as a Royal deer park in the 17th century and home to Áras an Uachtaráin, Irish for 'The President's House. We will see the statue lined O’Connell St and Georgian Squares of Dublin City. In the afternoon we will check in to our The Trinity City hotel. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to explore Ireland’s capital city at our leisure.
Trinity College & The Book Of Kells
This morning 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 will also visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral which contains the largest and most interesting collection of church monuments in Ireland. In the afternoon we will visit the National Museum which houses a rich collection of Irish antiquities from the prehistoric times to the end of the medieval period. We depart Dublin to Kildare.
Overnight Silken Thomas, Kildare. DBB
Newgrange, Hill Of Tara & Hill Of Slane
This morning we will travel to the pre-Christian, megalithic site Newgrange, a megalithic burial ground designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We will 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 the Hill of Tara, seat of the High Kings of Ireland. We will see the Hill of Slane which is predominantly steeped in Christian history and myth. St Patrick is traditionally believed to have lit the first paschal fire on the hill in defiance of the pagan High King Lóegaire. We will travel to Kildare for our overnight stay.
Overnight Kildare DBB.
Faughart Birth Place Of St Brigit
This morning we will travel to Faughart, a place of deep peace & tranquility. This is an early Christian site and the birthplace of Saint Brigit in 454AD. There are numerous small monuments here, including a small stump from an ancient high cross, the ruins of an early Christian monastic settlement, a penitential station (Saint Brigit’s Stone) and a holy well.
Overnight Kildare DBB
Solas Bhride (St Brigit's Light/Flame),Kildare
Our first stop today is to visit Solas Bhride (Brigit’s light/flame) a small Christian Centre, which has as its focus St. Brigit and Celtic Spirituality. Here we will meet with one of the Sisters and we will “Walk in the footsteps of St. Brigit”, a pilgrim journey to the sites around Kildare town associated with St. Brigit.
Overnight Kildare DBB
Armagh,Center Of Celtic Spirituality
We continue our journey to Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. On arrival we will meet Rev Grace Cluine for a welcome and a session on Celtic Spirituality. We will have a tour of St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral. We will travel to Glendalough where we will stay for the next two nights.
Overnight Wicklow Heather, Glendalough DBB
Spiritual Journey Through Glendalough
This morning we will wake up in Glendalough a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul. 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 who lead you on a walk to St. Kevin’s Monastic City you will visit St. Kevin’s Church, Kevin’s Cross, The Cathedral, The Round Tower and St. Mary’s Church.
Overnight Glendalough DBB
St Brigit’s Garden, Galway
This morning we will depart for Galway on the way we will visit St Brigit’s Garden located on the gateway of Connemara. Here we will be taken on a magical journey into Celtic heritage and mythology. The tour will include a demonstration of tradional craft, weaving a Brigit’s cross out of rushes. After our visit we will journey through Connemara to Rossaveal a ferry port where we will depart for Inis Mór the largest of the Aran Islands.
Overnight Kilmurvey House, Aran Islands BD
Aran Of The Saints
This morning we will start our tour of this famous island with a short walk to the great Bronze age stone fortress of Dún Aonghasa. Perched dramatically on the edge of a sheer 300ft cliff - from which the Atlantic stretches out endlessly- it provides majestic views of Galway Bay.
We will meet with Pádraigín Clancy who is seasonally based with the Irish Heritage Board ( OPW) as a guide here. She will give us intriguing information regarding the history, archaeology and culture of these islands. Pádraigín is also an internationally recognised expert on Brigid: Goddess and Holy woman as well as other aspects of Gaelic Spirituality. She has lectured and presented retreats throughout Ireland, USA, Britain and Australia and has appeared on Irish national radio and television. Originally drawn to the island because of the Gaelic language she has made it her home since 1990. She has documented a large collection of island lore towards her Phd including the lore of Brigid. She has also pursued postgraduate studies in Theology and Spirituality and our time with her promises to be enriching for the soul. She is a keen tin whistle player and brings her music with her wherever she goes.
Following our morning at Dún Aonghasa our afternoon will begin with a short visit by bus to the ruins of the ‘Seven Churches’ which was one of the most important pilgrimage sites on the island in former times. From there we will proceed to Tobar an Cheathrair Álainn ( the well of the saints) where Pádraigín will lead us in ‘doing the pilgrim rounds’. This is an important place of ritual and prayer among the island community.
Overnight Aran Islands. BD
This morning our tour with Pádraigín will continue by bus. It will take us along the lower road past a seal colony and the ruins of the monastic foundations of St Assurnaí and St Ciarán and on to the east of the island to ‘ Teaghlach Éinne’. This is where St Enda the father of Irish monasticism built his foundation in the 5th Century. We will have morning prayer here and visit some of the nearby monastic remains including Teampall Bhenain. We will recollect some of the central tenets of Gaelic Christianity. In the afternoon we will be free for shopping, relaxing or visiting other sites at our own pace.
Overnight Aran Islands. BD
The Burren,Cliffs Of Moher & St Brigit's Well
Today we leave the island by morning ferry and continue our pilgrimage by bus through Counties Galway and Clare. Pádraigín remains with us as her ancestors hail from Clare and she is familiar with the ‘ banner county’. Our journey will take us through the Burren landscape famous for its unique flora and fauna. The Burren, a rocky wilderness in western Ireland, is a region of ancient magic and infinite strangeness. We will pass through 5,000 years of civilisation visiting pre-Christian and Christian sites including St Brigid’s well at Liscannor . Finally we will look westwards towards the setting sun and our homeland as we visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, marking the last evening of our pilgrimage together.
We will continue to Shannon for our overnight stay in the Park Inn Shannon Airport.
Day Of Departure
Depart from Shannon Airport.
B: Breakfast D: Dinner
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