Ireland’s Catholic Heritage August 2021
Explore the Emerald Isles as a Catholic Should See It!
06 August 2021 to 15 August 2021
About the Pilgrimage
Brochure & Itinerary
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Join us for our next pilgrimage to the Emerald Isle of Ireland where we will discover the Catholic heritage of this courageous Catholic land.
We will have Fr. James Conlon with us. He is a citizen of Ireland and pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, MI. He was an Irish barrister (lawyer) before becoming a priest. He will share his intimate knowledge and love of his country with us.
We will study and discover the rich and long history of the Catholic Faith in this land of saints and scholars. We will also learn their suffering and struggles with the Protestant Reformation and the English oppression.
We will see the most sacred sites and beautiful churches including those related to St. Patrick, Our Lady of Knock and many more. None of the spectacular castles and landscapes will be missed.
Friday, August 6 Day 1: Depart USA
Depart the USA on overnight flights to Ireland’s capital city, Dublin.
Saturday, August 7 Day 2: Dublin | Galway | (L|D)
Arrive at Dublin Airport where you will be met with a Cead mile Failte (a hundred thousand welcomes) by Steve & Janet Ray your Irish Catholic Tour Director. Head west through the Midlands of Ireland and lunch in the town of Athlone before continuing onto the monastic site of St Ciaran at Clonmacnoise for a visit and the celebration of at the Pope’s Shelter where St. John Paul II celebrated an outdoor Mass. Continue to Galway and your hotel. Tonight, we have a welcome dinner at our hotel and overnight.
Sunday, August 8 Day 3: Knock Shrine | Galway | (B)
After breakfast, depart for a visit to Ireland’s most famous pilgrimage site at Knock in County Mayo. Here learn about the 1879 apparition of Our Lady of Knock, then celebrate Mass in the Apparition Chapel of Knock Shrine. Steve will give his talk “The Meaning of Knock and the Book of Revelation”. Travel around Lough Corrib and Connemara, Ireland’s most extensive Gaelic speaking area, before returning to Galway. Dinner on your own and overnight in Galway. Enjoy a variety of excellent pubs where there will be great Irish music and time to mix with local people.
Monday, August 9 Day 4: Galway | Sneem | (B|D)
Depart Galway and travel south to the village of Bunratty and time to explore Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Onwards to Limerick City for an overview of King Johns Castle, St Mary’s Cathedral and the parts of the city associated with Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt. Celebrate Mass in the Trinitarian Church in Adare before onwards to the picturesque village of Sneem for overnight. Dinner at your hotel.
Tuesday, August 10 Day 5: Ring of Kerry|Sneem| (B)
After a full Irish breakfast, travel over the mountains to the grounds and gardens of Muckross House & National Park. Optional Horse & Buggy Ride through the Park before celebrating Mass in St Marys Cathedral in Killarney. Continue out along the Ivergah Peninsula known as the Ring of Kerry where you will see the Irish countryside, mountains and lakes at their best. We return to Sneem and tonight we have a Traditional Irish Evening with music and dance in a local Pub. This evening is a blast!! Overnight in Sneem.
Wednesday, August 11 Day 6: Blarney | Rock of Cashel | Clonmel| (B|D)
Travel over the Cork/Kerry border to Blarney Castle with its famous Blarney Stone. Time to kiss the Blarney Stone, if you so wish, and to shop in the extensive Blarney Woolen Mills, which houses gifts and crafts from throughout Ireland. After lunch on your own, visit the Rock of Cashel, Ireland’s most famous ancient religious site. Step back in time to celebrate Mass in the beautifully restored Holy Cross Abbey which houses a relic of the True Cross. Continue to Clonmel for dinner and overnight in your hotel.
Thursday, August 12 Day 7: Kilkenny | Glendalough| Dublin | (B)
After breakfast, we travel to the Medieval City of Kilkenny and a walking tour and time in the Kilkenny Design Centre before we travel over the Wicklow Mountains to the 6th century Monastic site of St Kevin at Glendalough for a guided tour. Celebrate Mass in nearby Laragh Church before continuing to Dublin for check–in and the evening to explore the many restaurants and pubs in Ireland’s capital city.
Friday, August 13 Day 8: City Tour | Dublin | (B)
We start the day with a guided tour of the city before celebrating a Private Mass in Newman University Church on St. Stephen’s Green. The remainder of the afternoon free to explore the city and more of the local pubs and restaurants for dinner of some music.
Saturday, August 14 Day 9: Book of Kells | Dublin | (B | D)
After a full Irish breakfast, visit Trinity College, see the magnificent Book of Kells, an illuminated copy of the Four Gospels. Celebrate Mass in Whitefriar Street Church and the remainder of the afternoon free. Tonight a farewell Dinner with traditional Irish Music and dancing. Overnight in Dublin.
Sunday, August 15 Day 10: Return to USA (B)
Bid goodbye to the Emerald Isle and newfound friends before the return flight from Dublin Airport.
B = Full Irish Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner
|$5049||Regular price, per person after May 31, 2021|
|-100||Early Booking Savings|
|-150||Discount for payment entirely by cash or check|
|*$4799||Early Booking / Cash Discount price per person (double occupancy)|
Brochure & Itinerary
Contact our Reservations Team at 866.577.2364 or FootprintsOfGod@ctscentral.net