Journey in the Footsteps of St. Brigit
A Pilgrimage to Ireland
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
Your Pilgrimage to Ireland begins. Upon arrival in Dublin, You will be collected by coach. We will enjoy a panoramic tour during wich you can 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. You will see the statue lined O’Connell St and Georgian Squares of Dublin City. In the afternoon you will check in to your accomodtaion. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to explore Ireland’s capital city at our leisure.
Overnight in Dublin
Trinity College & The Book Of Kells
On your second day you 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. You will also visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral which contains the largest and most interesting collection of church monuments in Ireland. In the afternoon your tour will bring you to the National Museum which houses a rich collection of Irish antiquities from the prehistoric times to the end of the medieval period. You then depart dublin and journey to Kildare.
Overnight in Kildare
Newgrange, Hill Of Tara & Hill Of Slane
This morning your pilgrimage will take you to the pre-Christian, megalithic site Newgrange, a megalithic burial ground designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You 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. The tour will continue on to the Hill of Tara, seat of the High Kings of Ireland. St Patrick is traditionally believed to have lit the first paschal fire on the hill in defiance of the pagan High King Lóegaire.
Overnight in Kildare
Faughart Birth Place Of St Brigit
On day four you 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 in Kildare
Solas Bhride (St Brigit's Light/Flame),Kildare
Your 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 you will meet with one of the Sisters and “Walk in the footsteps of St. Brigit”, a pilgrim journey to the sites around Kildare town associated with St. Brigit.
Overnight in Kildare
Armagh,Center Of Celtic Spirituality
On day six the pilgrimage will continue 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.
Overnight in Glendalough
Spiritual Journey Through Glendalough
This morning you will wake up in Glendalough a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul. You will visit the Heritage Centre and Museum where we see a video entitled “Ireland of the Monasteries”.
Later that day Fr Michael Rodgers founder and Director of Tearmann Centre will 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
In the morning you will depart for Galway on the way we will visit St Brigit’s Garden located on the gateway of Connemara. Here you 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 your visit we will journey through Connemara to Rossaveal a ferry port where we will depart for Inis Mór the largest of the Aran Islands.
Aran Of The Saints
“No angel who ever came to Ireland to help Gael or Gall returned to Heaven without first visiting Aran, and if people understood how greatly the Lord loves Aran they would all come there to partake of its blessings.” Cormac Mac Cuilennáin, King-Bishop of Cashel, died 908 AD.
Your day will start our short walking tour of this famous island featuring the famous great Bronze age stone fortress of Dún Aonghasa. Here you will meet your local guide 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. Originally drawn to the island because of the Gaelic language she has made it her home since 1990.
In the Afternoon you you take a bus tour and visit the ruins of the ‘Seven Churches’ which was one of the most important pilgrimage sites on the island in former times. From there you will proceed to Tobar an Cheathrair Álainn ( the well of the saints) which is an important place of ritual and prayer among the island community.
Overnight on Inis Mor, Aran Islands.
This morning your tour with Pádraigín will continue by bus. It will pass by 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. Morning prayer will be heald here, After you can visit some of the nearby monastic remains including Teampall Bhenain. In the afternoon You will be free for shopping, relaxing or visiting other sites at our own pace.
Overnighton Inis Mor, Aran Islands
The Burren,Cliffs Of Moher & St Brigit's Well
On your final day you will leave the island by morning ferry and continue your pilgrimage by bus through Counties Galway and Clare. Pádraigín remains with you as her ancestors hail from Clare and she is familiar with the ‘ banner county’. The journey will take you 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.
Day Of Departure
Depart from Shannon Airport.
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