In the Footsteps of Irish Saints

Immerse yourself in the rich and colourful history of Ireland on a pilgrimage through the most prominent locations in the Irish Catholic history, learning about the most influential and inspiring Saints. Travelling from the city of Dublin to the West of the country and taking in some of Ireland’s most stunning landscapes, you will visit places rooted in Irish history and Catholic faith with their stories known all over the world.

Visiting:


Dublin
Glendalough
Solas Bhride
Kildare
Connemara
Kylemore Abbey
Croagh Patrick
Westport
Knock Shrine
Ballintubber Abbey
Clonmacnoise

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Irish traditions and values are deeply rooted in our business and the type of travel experience that Joe Walsh Tours provides. We are extremely proud of our Irish heritage and passion for our native island is reflected in every mile travelled and every story told by our guides. We are delighted to share our knowledge and love of Ireland with our visitors and very happy to welcome you to the Emerald Isle.

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Transport & Accommodation

  • Flight from your home airport to Dublin
  • Transfer on arrival from the airport to your hotel with guide assistance
  • Hotel accommodation in Ireland for the selected number of nights
  • Meals served each day as per agreed itinerary
  • Transfer from your hotel to Airport for return flight
  • Direct flight from Dublin to your home airport
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach for all transfers and tours
  • Assistance of Joe Walsh Tours guides and representatives throughout the pilgrimage and at airports

Tours & Religious Programme

  • Tours, excursions and religious programme organised by Joe Walsh Tours
  • Full services of Joe Walsh Tours guides and representatives throughout the pilgrimage and tour

Detailed Itinerary

  • DAY 1: Depart for our trans-Atlantic flight to Ireland



  • DAY 2: Dublin, Capital City of Ireland
    On arrival to Ireland we will meet our Irish Tour guide and our driver and we will enjoy a panoramic tour of Dublin including Phoenix Park, Georgian Streets and the tree lined O’Connell Street. We will visit Trinity College to see the magnificent Old Library and the 1200 year old legendary 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. We will also visit Saint Patricks Cathedral. Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. Overnight in Dublin.



  • DAY 3: Powerscourt Estate & the Monastic Settlement at Glendalough
    We leave Dublin and travel to Powerscourt Gardens, the finest in Ireland for their design as well as their dramatic setting at the foot of Great Sugar Loaf Mountain. We continue to Glendalough, the setting of some of Ireland’s most important monastic settlement. Glendalough is 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 who 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 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. Overnight in Dublin.



  • DAY 4: Solas Bhride (Brigid’s light / flame) Kildare
    This morning we will travel to Kildare to visit Solas Bhride (Brigid’s light/flame) a small Christian Centre, which focuses on 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. On this journey you will be invited to; get in touch with your own inner journey, reflect, linger for a while, be still, walk close to the earth and encounter the legends of Brigid and learn about their relevance today. We will visit Kildare Cathedral before continuing our journey to Galway. Overnight in Galway.



  • DAY 5: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey
    This morning we will depart for Connemara, one of Europe's last great natural wildernesses. We will pass through the towns and villages dotted along a beautiful, indented coastline with views unmatched anywhere else in Ireland. There will be photo stops where you can capture the magic of the lakes strewn views and the Twelve Pins and Maumturk mountain ranges. We will also stop at Leam Bridge made famous in the Quiet Man film with John Wayne. We will pass through the Gaeltacht region of Connemara where the locals speak Irish as their first language. We will travel through the wonderful Inagh Valley to Kylemore Abbey the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. The Community of Nuns have resided here since 1920 have a long history stretching back almost three hundred and forty years. We will visit the Abbey on the grounds, the Gothic Church, the Victorian Walled Gardens. A section of the Abbey (the enclosure) is retained strictly for the nuns’ use and is not open to the public. Here the nuns devote themselves to their monastic life of prayer and work. We will meet with Sr. Maire Hickey and learn how this community of nuns live their lives. There may also be an opportunity to join the nuns in prayer. After our visit we continue our journey to Killary Fjord, Irelands only Fjord, and then on to the little village of Leenane made famous by the movie “The Field” arriving back to Galway in the early evening. We will continue to Westport. Overnight in Westport.



  • DAY 6: Croagh Patrick, Westport
    This morning we will journey to Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain which overlooks Clew Bay in County Mayo and is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption. St. Patrick is said to have completed a forty-day Lenten ritual of fasting and penance here. Weather permitting the group will have the option to climb the first leg to the saddle/plateau at the base of the summit of Croagh Patrick. We will enjoy some free time to have lunch and explore unique and charming heritage town of Westport. Overnight in Westport.



  • DAY 7: The Leading Marian Shrine of Knock & Ballintubber Abbey
    Today we will visit Knock Shrine, one of the world's leading Marian shrines and an important place of pilgrimage for Irish people for over 100 years. 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. The traditional stations performed by pilgrims visiting Knock Shrine include Mass in the Basilica, a visit to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, the Stations of the Cross, the Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary, Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorio us, Litany of the Blessed Virgin followed by the Prayer to Our Lady of Knock. This afternoon we will visit to Ballintubber Abbey. Ballintubber's history of pilgrimage dates back to pre-Christian times when people came from the East through Ballintubber on their way to the holy mountain on the west coast, now called Croagh Patrick. When St Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland in c. 441AD, he founded a church at Ballintubber. The present Abbey was founded in 1216 by King Cathal O'Conor. It is the only church in Ireland still in daily use that was founded by an Irish king. Here we will meet Fr. Fahy who will give us the history of the Abbey. Overnight in Westport.



  • DAY 8: Clonmacnoise & Dublin
    We depart Westport and on route we will visit Clonmacnoise, an early Christian site founded by Saint Ciaran in the 6th century. This site includes the ruins of a cathedral, eight churches (10th-13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and a large collection of early Christian grave slabs. We will continue to Dublin where we will enjoy some free time before checking in to our hotel at Dublin Airport. Overnight in Dublin.



  • DAY 9: Day of Departure
    We will take the shuttle bus transfer to the airport.

Optional

  • Travel insurance €25 per person (conditions apply); please note that there is an additional insurance premium of €25 for persons aged 86 to 94 years

Notes

  • Packages are based on two people sharing twin/double rooms with private facilities
  • Passengers are entitled to check in one standard piece of luggage subject to airline’s conditions
  • Single rooms are on request and supplements apply
  • A non-refundable deposit is required for booking
  • Meals and in-flight catering where not stated are not included
  • Itinerary may be subject to change; E&OE
  • All bookings protected by the Commission for Aviation Regulation in Ireland (T.O. 052 | T.A. 0689) and the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK (ATOL 5163)


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