Celtic Journeys Presents:
ON HAUNTED GROUND: Exploring the Archaeology, History, Folklore & Music of Ireland with Erin Hart & Paddy O Brien
May 25 to June 4, 2017
$3,299 (per person based on double occupancy)
Join me and my husband Paddy O'Brien for this unique trip through Ireland, visiting many of the places that have inspired my writing, from the ancient tombs, the peat bog and its hidden treasures, and the music and folklore and otherworldly aspect of the people and the places, past and present. We'll spend three nights in Dublin, exploring the city and taking in the the bog men and the Faddan More Psalter at the National Museum, along with the Book of Kells at Trinity College, traditional music sessions, and a day trip to Lough Crew megalithic cemetery.
From Dublin we'll head to the ancient monastery at Glendalough, and take in Ireland's oldest city of Waterford where we'll go into the Mayor's Wine Vault, under the city from medieval times. Then westward to Dingle Peninsula, taking in its rugged beauty (not to mention its music and fresh seafood) before traveling the coast and onto West Galway, Connemara and the Aran Islands. We'll visit with renowned storytellers, musicians, archaeologists, and folklorists. Finally, we'll head across the midland bogs, and have a last night in a Dunboyne Castle. A magical way to end your journey through Ireland!
Options available for extending your stay in Ireland before or after the tour.
Thur 25: Depart USA for Ireland
Depart USA on your overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland.
Fri 26: Dublin (3 Nights)
Arrive Dublin, after clearing customs & immigration your driver/guide will be waiting to take you to your city centre hotel. Begin a city tour taking in all aspects of Dublin's rich history and enjoy a visit to the Dublin Writers Museum. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure to explore Dublin. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel this evening. Lodging: Alexander Hotel—Dublin.
Sat 27: Dublin—Dublin Exploration
Breakfast at your hotel followed by a walking tour which includes a visit to the "Kingship and Sacrifice" and "Faddan More Psalter" Exhibits at the National Museum, the Long Room at Trinity College Library and of course, the Book of Kells. The afternoon and evening are at leisure for you to explore some of your preferred sights of Dublin. Option available to see a play at the Abbey Theatre should you wish.
Sun 28: Dublin—Loughcrew Cairn & Passage Tombs
This morning travel north to the town of Oldcastle and a visit to the Loughcrew (also known as Slieve na Calliagh meaning "Hill of the Hag" ) Passage Tombs and Cairn. Take in its spectacular views over Westmeath as you step back in time to this Megalithic area of Ireland. This afternoon visit the archaeological dig at a 15th-century Black Abbey, and learn about the dig and its finds. The name "Black Abbey" was derived from the cloak worn by the Dominicans over their white habits. Return to Dublin for the evening and enjoy an evening of Folklore and Fairytales with Irish music and dinner at Dublin's oldest pub, the Brazen Head.
Mon 29: Dublin—Waterford (1 Night)
Today we leave Dublin and make our way through Wicklow to the 6th century monastic site of St Kevin's at Glendalough, continue over the Wicklow Gap onwards towards Kilkenny and stop here to explore the medieval streets. Onwards to Waterford for your overnight. This evening you will visit the Waterford Medieval Museum for a private tour and a chance to see the city's charter and "Heaven's Embroidered Cloth," the largest collection of medieval vestments in existence, embroidered in Italian Silk. View the vaulted ceiling of the Choristers Hall dating back to the 13th century, before a wine reception in the medieval Mayor's Wine Vault. Dinner on your own this evening. Lodging: Dooley's Hotel—Waterford.
Tues 30: Waterford—Dingle (2 Nights)
Following breakfast head west through County Tipperary and into County Limerick to Lough Gur. Meet our guide and visit the great stone circle, and wedge tombs. Continue through Co. Kerry and onwards through Tralee and out to Dingle for overnight. Dinner at the hotel. Lodging: Dingle Bay Hotel—Dingle.
Wed 31: Dingle
A leisurely morning before going to see the ogham stones carved with ancient script. We continue along the peninsula through Ventry and learn of Fir Bolg and the Tuatha De Dannan from Irish folklore. We then make our way towards Ballyferriter and visit the West Kerry Museum which is situated in an old schoolhouse West of the fishing port of Dingle. Continue on to visit Kilmalkedar Church, one of the most important ecclesiastical sites on the Dingle Peninsula. Return to Dingle for overnight. Free for dinner this evening.
Thur 1 June: Dingle—Burren—Furbo—Eddie Lenihan (2 Nights)
Following breakfast continue north and cross the River Shannon into County Clare and through the rugged limestone karst region of the Burren. Enjoy a talk and time exploring the Burren described as one of the richest archaeological landscapes in western Europe. Continue to Galway and the Connemara Coast Hotel in Furbo. After dinner, visit with Eddie Lenihan (a renowned storyteller) and hear his vast repertoire on haunted places, fairy paths and holy places. Lodging: Connemara Coast Hotel—Furbo, County Galway.
Fri 2: Aran Islands
This morning we travel to Inis Mór (Big Island) on the Aran Islands and spend the day exploring the island and its heritage with Pádraigín Clancy or one of her colleagues. Pádraigín is a graduate of Irish Folklore and History from the National University of Ireland in Dublin. Return to Furbo for overnight. Dinner at the hotel.
Sat 3: Galway—Lough Boora—Dunboyne Castle Hotel (1 Night)
This morning head East through the midlands of Ireland and visit Lough Boora, a nature centre in a cutaway bogland. Discover the beauty of Lough Boora on the 3-kilometer sculpture loop walk. Along the way, absorb the artistry of the permanent collection of large scale sculptures that adorn the park. Make a stop at Kilbeggen Distillery to sample some Irish whiskey. Continue on to County Meath and spend our last night at Dunboyne Castle. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at Dunboyne Castle Hotel. Lodging: Dunboyne Castle Hotel—Dunboyne, County Meath.
Sun 4: Dublin to the USA
Depart Dublin Airport on your return flight to the USA.
Options available for extending your stay in Ireland before or after the tour. Erin and Paddy will make sure that you experience music with locals as you tour throughout Ireland.
Abbey Theatre performances will need to be pre-booked before departure.
Dates: 25 May-4 June, 2017
9 nights/10 days
Cost: $ 3,299 per person based on sharing a room
Single Supplement: $779.00
Plus Air-approx $1100 in May
Singles and Twins are limited
$500 per person deposit secures your spot on the trip
Discount of $109 PP if you pay deposit & final by check
- National Museum of Ireland
- Book of Kells
- Dublin Writers Museum
- Traditional Music Sessions
- Lough Crew Megalithic Passage Tombs
- Glendalough Monastic Site
- Waterford Medieval Museum
- Lough Gur Stone Circle
- Dingle Peninsula
- West Kerry Museum
- Tony Kirby Burren Tour
- Storyteller Eddie Lenihan
- Aran Islands
- Lough Boora Nature Centre and Sculpture Park
- Kilbeggan Distillery
- Dunboyne Castle
Included in your trip:
- Accommodation for 9 nights with breakfast each morning
- 6 evening dinners
- Transportation with a professional Driver/Guide
- Visit to Lough Crew Passage Tombs & Cairn
- Tour of the Burren
- Storytelling with Eddie Lenihan
- Aran Islands and visit with Padraigin Clancy
- International Airfare
- Items of a personal nature laundry, Telephone etc
- Gratuities for your Driver Guide
Ireland on My Mind Presents
Ireland: The Creative i
September 17-27, 2017
For centuries, the history and landscape of Ireland has inspired writers, musicians, filmmakers, and artists of every stripe. On this trip, we'll explore the wonders of that storied isle: taking in the landscape, history, music and poetry of Ireland with artists, photographers, and traditional musicians, and setting off on daily adventures to spark our own creative impulses. Designed for lifelong learners, and led by authors and musicians (and spouses) Erin Hart and Paddy O'Brien, and Ireland travel expert Linda Rosen, this trip will focus on the rugged West Coast featuring counties Mayo, Galway, Limerick, Kerry and Clare and including Connemara, the Dingle Peninsula and Joyce Country.
$500.00 deposit per person. Space in not held without a deposit check. Final payment is due JUNE 15, 2017.
Full itinerary coming soon!