Saturday, August 18, 2018

Pray and Play in Mystical Ireland in 2019 with Mary Theresa Streck ARCWP and Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP

Dear Friends,
As many of you know, Bridget Mary and I just returned from Ireland with Joan, Dennis and Jeanne. We had a wonderful time touring areas around Dublin and Killarney.  Our trip is documented on Bridget Mary's blog from August 1 to August 14. 

Next year, Bridget Mary and I will host a tour through Celtic Tours. After researching a number of tour companies, Celtic Tours had the most reasonable cost for 8 nights in Ireland. The cost was approximately $1900 without air. Air from NY would be approximately $600. This is a great price for the suggested itinerary below. Separating the airfare cost allows you to extend your stay before or after the tour.

We will be contracting with Celtic Tours soon and you will be able to begin payments in installments. This makes it so much more affordable. 

Please consider coming with us as we "PRAY and PLAY IN MYSTICAL IRELAND.  Let us know if you are interested and we will send updates. Send personal emails to mtstreck@gmail.com.

Suggested Itinerary:

Sept 16-25, 2019 Celtic Spirituality Tour: Pray and Play in Ireland

INCLUDED:
· Accommodations for EIGHT NIGHTS (8) nights at the following hotels or similar:
DUBLIN:              Fitzpatrick’s Castle       3 Night(s)              2-Dinner, B & B/1-B & B
KILLARNEY:        Killarney Towers           2 Night(s)              2-Dinner, B & B
GALWAY:             Salthill Hotel                 2 Night(s)              1-Dinner, B & B/1-B & B
DUBLIN:              Carlton Airport Hotel    1 Night(s)              B & B
· Full Breakfast daily, except day of arrival.
· Five (5) Hotel dinners and One (1) Dinner and Celtic music and dance show in Dublin
· Visits/Admissions: Panoramic city tour of Dublin, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College-Book of Kells, Hill of Tara, Monasterboice, Newgrange/Knowth, St. Bridget’s Shrine, Glendalough, St. Bridget’s Cathedral and Well, Rock of Cashel, Cobh Heritage Centre, Blarney Castle, Gobnait’s Well, Gallarus Oratory, Dingle Tourist Centre, St.. Mary’s Cathedral in Killarney, Bunratty Folk Park and Castle, St. Bridget’s Well in Liscannor, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey and mass, Clonmacnoise and Malahide Castle.
· All transportation and sightseeing via deluxe touring motor coach with the services of a professional driver/guide throughout
· Tips and taxes on items included.                                       NOTE: Tip to driver / guide is not included.
· Porterage of one suitcase per person
· Celtic Tours flight bag and Portfolio of travel documents

Itinerary:

Monday, Sept 16, 2019-Depart on your overnight flight from Newark, NJ to Dublin Ireland. Dinner served shortly after take-off.

Tuesday, Sept 17, 2019 Dublin
You will meet your Irish Driver/Guide in the arrivals hall of the Dublin airport and he will escort you to the waiting motorcoach for your tour. Depart the airport and travel into the capital city for a panoramic city tour. You will then visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, before moving on to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. Then some free time in Dublin to take in one of the museums of wander the streets. You will meet back up with your driver and he will take you into the Dublin suburbs to Fitzpatrick’s Castle for the first of a 3-night stay. Dinner at your hotel this evening.

Wednesday, Sept 18, 2019 North of Dublin
After a full Irish breakfast, you will depart for the Hill of Tara. Then on to Monasterboice for some photos. And continuing on to Newgrange/Knowth to view the passage tombs. Afterwards, you will travel north to Dundalk to visit St. Bridget’s Shrine. Then enjoy some local touring in counties Louth and Meath before returning to the castle for dinner and overnight.

Thursday, Sept 19, 2019 Wicklow County
Today after breakfast, you will depart for some local touring of the Wicklow county area. Stopping at Glendalough and then on to St. Bridget’s Cathedral and Well. Return to your hotel this afternoon for a little free time. Tonight, you will have time to wander the town of Dalkey and enjoy dinner on your own.

Friday, Sept 20, 2019 Killarney
This morning after your final castle breakfast, we will be heading to Killarney. Stopping on the way at the infamous Rock of Cashel to see the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century. Then on to Cobh to visit the Heritage Centre. This museum has wonderful artifacts from many lost ships that sailed from this port before their final demise. Continuing on to Blarney where you will visit the Blarney Castle and have the opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone. On the way to Killarney, you will have the opportunity to stop in Ballyvourney to visit Gobnait’s Well before heading into Killarney for the night. Dinner and overnight in Killarney.

Saturday, Sept 21, 2019 Dingle
After a buffet breakfast, a delightful day takes us along the Kerry coast to the Dingle Peninsula, which offers magnificent coastal scenery. Beyond Slea Head, we see the Blasket Islands, the last outpost of Europe. You will visit the Dingle Tourist Centre in town. And also Gallarus Oratory to see some BeeHive Huts. A full day tour returning to Killarney, where we enjoy dinner at our hotel this evening. Overnight in Killarney.

Sunday, Sept 22, 2019 Killarney – Burren – Galway
This morning, eat an early breakfast than walk over to St. Mary’s Cathedral for an 8am Mass before departing for Adare. Take some time to stop here and take some photos of some thatched roof cottages before moving on to Bunratty. Here you will stop to visit the Bunratty Folk Park and Castle to see how life was in medieval times. Then onto Liscannor to visit St. Bridget’s well before stopping for a visit at the incredible Cliffs of Moher. Continue onto Galway for dinner and overnight.

Monday, Sept 23, 2019 Connemara Touring
After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the Connemara region. Including a stop at Kylemore Abbey. We can even arrange a mass in the Nun’s Church at 11am (for no additional cost). If you want, you can stop at the Celtic Crystal Factory and Connemara Marble-but there is shopping at both these stops. They are complimentary though, if you are interested. Then into Galway for a panoramic city tour and some free time to enjoy dinner on your own in town. Back to Galway Bay for your overnight.

Tuesday, Sept 24, 2019 Galway to Dublin
Enjoy a leisurely morning with breakfast. Then a later start to Dublin. Stopping along the way in Athlone to visit Clonmacnoise. Then on into Howth to visit Malahide Castle and Gardens. Check into your Dublin airport hotel and then onto a dinner and show for your final night.

Wednesday, Sept 25, 2019 Dublin to US
If flight time allows, enjoy breakfast at the hotel tonight before heading to the airport. Return to the US same day.
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Mary Theresa Streck, Ed.D., D.Min.
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
People's Catholic Seminary
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