Awakening the Spirit within. Discover the rich interwoven tapestry between Ireland’s natural beauty and it’s spirituality. Life is a path that takes many directions, this tour allows you to take a break from everyday life, stop and think. Savor the beauty of your surroundings, take a breath & reach deep within to find inner peace and relaxation.
You will experience many spiritual sites in Ireland, from Cathedrals to the Burren this is an experience for your soul.
The first stop is a vist to see the Book of Kells located in the Great Library in Trinity College Dublin. Completed in 800AD by Celtic Monks, The Book of Kells is the world’s most famous and oldest book. It is an illuminated manuscript Gospel Book written in Latin, containing 4 Gospels from the New Testament ( Matthew, Mark, Luke & John).
Next we will stop at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, founded in 1191. It is the National
Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. By the start of the 19 th centrury the Cathedral had fallen into disrepair, and it was the Guinness family that restored it.
The day will conclude with a visit to Christ Church Cathedral, founded in 1028. Christ Church Cathedral is the spiritual heart of the city. Step inside and enjoy the Cathedrals stunning interior and also visit it’s fascinating Medieval Crypt.
Travelling north west to County Donegal this morning, we will be spending the day on Lough Derg Holy Island. Lough Derg was the sanctuary of St. Patrick and a place of Christian Pilgrimage since the 5 th century. Spend a relaxing day of retreat on the Island, Explore St. Bridget’s Chapel and the Visitor Centre which are both located on the lake shore.
For those who feel up to it, you can follow the Pilgrim’s Path with follows in the footsteps of medieval Lough Derg pilgrimages. The walk is approximately 9km and done at a leisurely pace and you will come across various significant religious sites along the way such as St. Bridget’s Chair and well.
Appropriately on The Feast of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, we will be spending a day at the Annual Novena at Knock Shrine in County Mayo. Knock Shrine is a Roman Catholic Pilgrim site and the site of the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin in 1879. 1.5 million pilgrims visit each year. Each day during the Novena there are different events happening and Mass at various times in the Old Chapel, the Basilica or the Apparition Chapel. In the evening following final prayers, there will be a candlelight Rosary procession.
We will begin the day at Addergoole Titanic Memorial Park – this park is a lovely memorial to 14 local people who lost their lives on the ill fated Titanic. Next we will visit Croagh Patrick, known locally as the Reek. This is St. Patrick’s Sacred Mountain. Though we won’t climb the mountain, we will tour the visitor centre to discover the history of this famous sacred mountain.
Following our visit to the Sacred Mountain, we will stop at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens, located in the heart of Connemara in Co. Galway. It was built in 1867 but became a Benedictine Monastery in 1920 for the nuns who fled Belgium in World War 1. It overlooks Pallacapall Lough and you will enjoy the absolute magic, beauty and peacefulness of this wonderful place.
To end the day, you will attend Trad on the Prom in Galway, a traditional Irish Music
and Dance show in Galway
A morning visit to the Burren in County Clare. This is a vast area of glacial-era limestone, with cliffs, caves, fossils, rock formations and archaeological sites.
The Cliffs of Moher, a must on every visit to Ireland. These spectacular coastal cliffs are located south west of the Burren in Clare. You can walk the cliff edge to get amazing photography and also tour the visitor centre.
St. Bridget’s Well is just a short distance down the road from the Cliffs of Moher,located in a little vale of trees that bow in solemn reverence to St. Bridget’s Well. Divided into two sections, the upper sanctuary and the lower sanctuary, this holy place has a mysterious atmosphere. The walls are dripping with prayers, petitions for the sick, thanksgivings, wails of sorrow and grief and moments of hope. There are rosary beads, holy medals, statues all around. A very special place to visit.
10am Mass at Glenstall Abbey. Glenstall is a Norman Revivalist Castle, built around 1830. It is home to a community of about 30 Benedictine Monks. It is a place of natural beauty, prayer and peacefulness.
The Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock, is located in Cashel, County Tipperary. It is a spectacular and archaeological site. A collection of medieval ecclesiastical buildings set on an outcrop of limestone. The 12 th century round tower is the oldest surviving building on the Rock. It also includes a High Cross & the ruins of a Romanesque chapel. The 13 th century Gothic Cathedral is a large cruciform Gothic Church without aisles and the 15 th century castle and the Hall of the Vicars is the entry point to the ecclesiastical enclosure. So much to see.
Kilkenny Castle built in 1195 – Castle tour
Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most beautiful locations, is a glacial valley in County Wicklow. It is renowned for an early medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6 th century by St. Kevin and from this developed into an Monastic City. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10 th & 12th-century. We will visit the interactive centre to delve into history.
Avoca Woolen Mills in County Wicklow is home to the famous Avoca Handweavers. This is Ireland’s oldest working handweaving mill and we will take a tour and enjoy the shops and lovely surroundings.
We will return to Dublin in the evening.
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