IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST.PATRICK & THE CELTIC SAINTS
A PILGRIMAGE TO IRELAND
MAY 17 through 26, 2018
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Holy Trinity Church invites you to join us on a special Pilgrimage to Ireland visiting some of the ancient and sacred sites associated with St. Patrick ,St. Kevin, St. Brigid, St.Enda and the early Irish Saints. We will seek to explore Celtic Spirituality in Ireland and our own faith journey in the footsteps of those who have gone before. The Leaders for this sacred journey will be Rev Marcus Losack and Rev Sarah Craver, on behalf of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Greensboro, NC.
Marcus Losack is an experienced Pilgrimage Leader, Anglican Priest and teacher who has been leading and guiding pilgrims to Ireland for more than twenty years. We will travel together as pilgrims, exploring the treasures o fthe Celtic Tradition and deepening our own sense of spirituality , wisdom and community as we gain inspiration from the stories and sacred sites associated with St. Patrick and the early Irish saints.
For Registration and other inquiries please contact Sarah Carver at
Thursday May 17: Depart USA
Friday May 18: Arrive Dublin, Ireland, 8.30am board private coach. Saul Church, Downpatrick and Bangor, County Down: Travel north to Saul and Downpatrick. Prayers at Saul Church, built on the ancient site where St Patrick founded his first Church in Ireland in 432 CE. Visit Downpatrick Cathedral and memorial tomb of St Patrick. 1pm lunch at the St Patrick’s Centre.Dr Tim Campbell, the Director, will be our guide through the exhibition and Imax presentation at 2pm.4pm. Leave Downpatrick, take the short ferry crossing over the beautiful Strangford Lough to Portaferry. Hotel in Bangor for check in, 7pm Dinner. Bangor is famous for the early Irish Monastery associated with St Malachy of Armagh and St Columbanus who left Bangor in 595 CE to found monasteries on the continent such as Luxeil in France and Bobbio in Italy. Marine Court Hotel, Bangor, Co Down.
Saturday, May 19: Armagh- 7am Morning Prayers, 7:30am breakfast 8.30am Check out. Travel to Armagh, the ancient ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. Visit St Patrick’s Cathedral (Church of Ireland, Episcopal) site of the famous monastery founded by Saint Patrick, where the Book of Armagh was written by scribes in the 8th century. At Navan Fort walk up to the ancient and pre-historic Hill of ‘Ard Macha’ the royal seat of the High Kings of Ulster closely associated with the Heroes of Ulster Mythology. 4pm transfer, Monasterboice (Celtic High Crosses) to Drogheda for 7pm Dinner Boyne Valley Hotel, Drogheda, Co Louth
Sunday May 20: 7.30am Prayers 8am Breakfast 9am Depart for Slane and The Hill of Tara. After breakfast and check out, visit The Hill of Slane where St Patrick kindled the Pascal Fire proceeding to the enchanted Hill of Tara, seat of the ancient Irish High Kings and Druids. Eucharist at the Hill of Slane under cover in remains of the Franciscan monastery. There will be free time for a light lunch at Tara in McGuire’s Restaurant and craft shop. 1pm Depart for visit to Dublin. 2pm Visit to the National Museum in Kildare Street to see pre-historic and early Christian treasures before a short period of free time in Dublin (optional activities include Trinity College (Book of Kells Exhibition) St Patrick’s Cathedral, Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle). until 5.30pm Depart Dublin with transfer to Glendalough, Co Wicklow for check in to Glendalough Hotel and 7.30pm Dinner O/N Glendalough Hotel, County Wicklow (
Monday, May 21: Glendalough - 7:45am Morning Prayer 8am Breakfast 09.30 am meet at reception. Explore the ancient and sacred monastic site at Glendalough founded by St Kevin in the sixth century. We begin at the Visitor’s Centre with 9.30am exhibition and video ‘Ireland of the Monasteries’ followed by a guided Pilgrimage walk to St Kevin’s Monastic City with St Kevin’s Church, Kevin’s Well, the Round Tower and St Mary’s Church (Gaelic: Teampall na Bhan -The Women’s Church). 1pm you are free for lunch and for personal explorations, including local craft shops, tea houses etc until 2pm continue Glendalough Pilgrimage walk to St. Keven's Desert (Gaelic: Diseart Chaoimhin) and upper lake. This is where early Irish hermits dwelled in their huts in the "Green Desert" of Glendalough. Visit Reefert Church (burial place of local kings) with remains of St. Kevin's Cell. At Upper Lake, enjoy overview of St. Kevin's Bed and Teampall na Skelling (Church of the Rock), an early monastic settlement. 5pm group meeting for Reflections on the Day and evening prayers. 7pm Dinner followed by Irish Music with Claire Roche (Irish harpist and singer song writer TBC). O/N Glendalough Hotel, Glendalough, County Wicklow
Tuesday May 22: Kildare and Killarney: 8am Breakfast 9am Check out and transfer via the Wicklow Mountains to Kildare. 11am Visit to St Brigid’s Cathedral (site of St Brigid’s famous fifth century Irish monastery, Round Tower and remains of a Druidic Fire Temple. In the morning we also visit St Brigid’s HOLY WELL with prayers at the well. 12.30pm Lunch at the Silken Thomas Inn. After lunch we transfer to Killarney stopping for tea at the historic and beautiful village of Adare before continuing on our journey and check in to our hotel beside the beautiful Lake in Killarney. 7pm Dinner. Overnight, The Lake Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry
Wednesday May 23: Boat Trip to Skelling Michael or Port Magee Skelling Visitors Centre and The Ring of Kerry: Today we have to have two options because the first is weather permitting and requires an earlier start. If the weather is settled and boats are available for us to land on Skellig Michael (we will only know this from the boatmen the night before) then we must rise early and depart at 6.30am for transfer to Port McGhee for 08.30am Boat (SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY) and 90 minutes sea crossing – twelve persons in each boat) to Skellig Michael - site of the best preserved early Irish monastery and original beehive huts and stairway from the 7th century. This is a challenging but spectacular experience only possible when weather and calm seas permit and the ferryman knows it is safe to cross and he expects to be able to land. Alternatively, if the weather is against us or boats are unavailable for Skellig Michael we will have breakfast at our hotel at 8am then 9am depart for 11am visit to the Skellig Islands Visitor Centre near Port McGhee. Lunch at the centre or picnic lunch (if we are able to travel by boat) will be provided. Afterwards, we leave Port McGhee and return to Killarney via the beautiful Ring of Kerry, including Moll’s Gap and the National Park with chance to visit nearby Muckross Abbey. 6.30pm Reflections on the Day with evening Prayer 7pm Dinner. O/N Lake Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry
Thursday May 24: The Dingle Peninsular, Gallerus Oratory and Blasket Islands Centre. 8am Breakfast 9am Depart for full day excursion to the Dingle Peninsular including Dingle, Gallerus Oratory, Beehive Huts and the Blasket Islands Visitor’s Centre 12.30 Video 1pm Lunch available at the cafeteria in the Blasket Centre. 4pm Return to Killarney for 7pm Dinner and Evening Prayers and Reflections on the Day O/N Killarney Lakes Hotel
Friday May 25: 7.45am Prayers 8 am Breakfast. 9am Check out. We to Ghoughane Barra Forest Park, with optional walks in the Forest Park or quiet time for personal reflection around the lake and chapel. This is the ancient site with a beautiful, small church where St Finnbarr founded a hermitage and monastic settlement in the fifth century. After lunch in Ghougan Barra we will transfer to our hotel in Bray, Co Wicklow for 7pm FAREWELL CELEBRATION DINNER AND PILGRIMAGE CLOSURES O/N Best Western Espalande Hotel, on the Promenade at Bray, Co Wicklow.
Saturday May 26th: Early Breakfast, check out/transfer to Dublin Airport for departures and same day return to USA.
COST, TERMS, CONDITIONS
Cost: $2,750 per person sharing double or twin bed room. Single room supplement $600.00 per person if available.
Price Includes: 8 nights’ accommodation with full breakfast and dinner daily. Three lunches provided at Downpatrick, the Skelling Center and Ghougane Barra. All other lunches are on your own. Price includes transportation from Dublin airport arrival to Dublin airport departure with private luxury coach and driver. Entrance to all sites and museums required for this program. All ferry costs for Strangford Lough ferry and Skelling Michael Ferry. Fees for guides as scheduled on the program also Claire Roche, the Irish Musician, accommodations Marcus to travel with the group as Pilgrimage Leader/Guide/Teacher and administration oversight throughout this pilgrimage, Ceile De design and management fees.
Price Excludes: Air fare from USA to Dublin and return. Coach Driver’s Gratuity: $30 per person to be collected by the group and given by Greg with a thank you card at the end of the Pilgrimage. The driver plays an important part in our journey and will stay with us for the first two nights at hotels. This gratuity is to acknowledge his important contribution which includes safe driving and luggage handling on arrival/departure as well as hotel check ins and check outs.
Payment Schedule: $500 deposit per person by return to cover deposits at hotels. 50% of fees by December 31st 2017. Full balance of fees by March 31st 2017. No refunds within six weeks of departure unless someone is found who can take your place.
Travel Precautions: We strongly advise pilgrims to take out their own medical and travel/cancellation insurance.