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Catholic Ireland

Day 1 DEPART USA FOR IRELAND
Dinner and overnight aloft

Day 2 DUBLIN - WELCOME TO IRELAND.
Transfer from Dublin Airport to your hotel. Morning free to relax.  Afternoon tour of Georgian Dublin, including Trinity College, to view the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow. On to Dublin Castle for a tour of the state apartments, a visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral and other sights. Dinner at the hotel. Optional evening program.

Day 31 DUBLIN - CLONMACNOISE - KNOCK
Breakfast at the hotel. En route to Knock tour the historic city of CLONMACNOISE seat of the university founded in 548 by St. Ciaran, the Cathedral, its two towers, and the two holy
wells. On to KNOCK for dinner. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 4 KNOCK
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Knock Shrine, as renowned as Lourdes and Fatima, visited by 1.5 million visitors yearly. Mass will be celebrated at the Shrine. Visit the Blessed Sacrament Church confessions will be heard. Time for shopping and a tour of the Knock museum. Meditation in the Chapel of Reconciliation, Mass in the Basilica. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5 KNOCK - BALLINTUBER - KNOCK
Breakfast at the hotel. Mass at the Shrine, and visit to the Blessed Sacrament Church. Travel to Ballintubber Abbey, dedicated to St. Patrick by Cathal O'Connor, King of Connacht. The Abbey “that never dies” has been in use for 750 years despite Henry VIII’s suppression of monasteries. Our pilgrimage continues in the afternoon, with a Rosary and the Stations of the Cross. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 6 KNOCK - GALWAY
Mass at Knock. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for the Sacred Mountain of Croagh where St. Patrick spent 40 days fasting and praying. The tour continues into the Gaelic-speaking region of majestic Connemara. Visit  to the 19th-century Benedictine Abbey at Kylemore, and the Moycullen to Celtic Crystal Factory. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in GALWAY.

Day 7 GALWAY - LIMERICK
Breakfast at the hotel. Travel along the beautiful coastline to Kivara and the Cliffs of Moher, 700 feet above sea level. At Bunratty, tour the Folk Park for a reenactment of the lives of yesterday's butcher, baker, and candlestick-maker. Spend the evening in the 15th century Bunratty Castle for a medieval banquet of food, drink and merriment. Overnight at a hotel in LIMERICK.


Day 8 LIMERICK - KILLARNEY
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive south to Adare, an old-world village of thatched-roof cottages and medieval churches on the banks of the River Maigue. Continue on to Foyners, on the river Shannon. Visit to the Foyners' Flying Boat Museum and the Geraldine Center of Tralee to experience Irish urban life during the Middle Ages. Travel on to the breathtaking scenery of the Dingle Peninsula to the village of Dingle to visit the IX Century Gallarus Oratory and observe the famed stone complex of early Christian architecture. Dinner in KILLARNEY, with an optional visit to a local singing pub after dinner. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 9 KILLARNEY
Breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy a jaunting cart tour of the Lakes of Killarney, and a tour of Muckross House Estate and the ruins of Muckross Friary, founded in 1448, with its Cloisters and the ancient giant yew tree dating back to the Abbey's founding. Spend the afternoon at Ballyvourney to tour the Shrine of St. Gobnait, known for bee-keeping and curing ailments. An optional visit is to Inchigeelagh. Return to Killarney for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 10 KILLARNEY - BLARNEY - KILKENNY
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to BLARNEY to visit the castle and kiss the Blarney Stone "to acquire the gift of eloquent speech". Continue on to Middleton for a tasting visit of an Irish Whiskey distillery and a visit to the Rock of Cashel. Travel on to the medieval city of KILKENNY for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 11 KILKENNY - HOLYCROSS - GLENDALOUGH - DUBLIN
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Holycross Abbey, the most famous pilgrimage site of Ireland during the middle ages. Mass will be celebrated at the Abbey. Next stops are Carlow and Tullow en-route to the Woodenbridge-Vale of Avoca. Continue on to the "Garden of Ireland" amidst spectacular scenery and a guided tour of the 5th century monastic settlement of St. Kevin in Glendalough. Arriving in Dublin you will dine and stay overnight at a hotel in the center of the city.

Day 12 DUBLIN - HOME
Breakfast at the hotel. Mass at the church on Sean McDermott Street, site of the tomb of Matt Talbot. Transfer to Dublin airport for connection to your return flight home.

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