Charleston Diocese 200th Anniversary Trip to Ireland with Dr Cormac O’Duffy PhD

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Charleston Diocese 200th Anniversary Trip to Ireland with Dr Cormac O’Duffy PhD


Come and celebrate the Irish heritage of Bishop England, Founder of the Diocese of Charleston!
Chaplain: Father Gregory Wilson
Guide and Director: Dr Cormac O’Duffy PhD (University of Limerick)

Contact Info:
Fern Ciraolo, Sales Rep Regina Tours
Tel: 1-800-CATHOLIC ext. 232  (1-800-228-4654 ext. 232) or  Email:

Early Booking Discount:
$100 discount with deposit by June 1, 2020

Day 1: JUNE ! Charleston/Ireland

This evening we meet at the Charleston Airport for our flight to Shannon. Dinner and entertainment on flight.

Day 2: JUNE 2 The Call of Bishop John to Charleston

Arrive in Shannon. Coach from Shannon to Bandon. Stay at Munster Arms Hotel Bandon. Evening reception and ecumenical prayer service to celebrate the call received by Rev John England in Bandon to become the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Charleston. Unveiling of Blue Plaque at the site of Bishop Englands Church in Bandon with local Community.

Day 3: JUNE 3 Bishop John England's Cork

After breakfast we will visit all places associated in Cork with Bishop John England. Learn of the Shandon Bells and the Green Coat School where John attended school - the only Catholic in an all Protestant school. Experience Cork Gaol: Learn of Fr John's work as a Chaplain to prisoners over 9 years and of his grandfather who was jailed for teaching at a Hedge school. To the Presentation Convent (Order founded by Cork's Nano Nagle) where Fr John was pastor and where his sister was Superior and the site of the College of St Mary where John was Seminary President from 1814 to 1817 and where he taught theology. Evening reception with Mayor of Cork.. Overnight in Bandon.

Day 4: JUNE 4 Bishop John England's Cork

Morning free for early morning services. Afternoon visit to St Finbarr's Cathedral Cork (Church of Ireland) and St Finbarr's South Catholic Church – the oldest Catholic Church in Cork, where Bishop John was consecrated Bishop for Charleston September 21 1820. St Finbarr's was the original name given to the fi rst Cathedral of Charleston by Bishop John. Evening Mass and celebration at St Mary's Cathedral where John England was ordained priest on October 8th 1808. We celebrate 200 years of Charleston Diocese and the connections to Cork City and Bishop England. Overnight at Munster Arms.

Day 5: JUNE 5 Bishop John England and his Relationship to Daniel O'Connell – The Irish Liberator

Today we travel to Co Kerry via Killarney to the Ring of Kerry with lunch stop at Waterville. Afternoon visit to Derrynane House, home of the Irish Liberator Daniel O'Connell who successfully campaigned for Catholic emancipation which was passed in the UK Parliament in 1829. We examine the role of John England in the fight for emancipation of Ireland's Catholics, Mass in Daniel O'Connell's private oratory at Derrynane. Continue to overnight stay at Limerick with views of St John's Castle and the River Shannon.

Day 6: JUNE 6 The Historical Background to Ireland in the Late 1700's Early 1800's The 1798 Uprising and Migration to Charleston of Irish Refugees from the Rebellion

Today we travel to Waterford to visit Mount Sion founding school of Blessed Edmund Rice of the Christian Brothers. Opportunities to visit shop of Waterford Crystal before proceeding to Enniscorthy to learn of background of the 1798 Revolution at the Aras 1798 which caused many Irish to fl ee Ireland and where some came to Charleston. We continue to Carlow for overnight.

Day 7: JUNE 7 The Seminary Training of Bishop England Carlow College

Visit to Carlow College, place of the seminary education of Bishop John with Reception and Mass with College and local Community. Planting of Palmetto tree in honor of Bishop England. Afternoon travel to Dublin. 5pm OPTIONAL WINE RECEPTION in Irish Georgian House in Dublin. Evening talk by David Quinn, Director of Iona Institute, on the situation of the Church in Ireland of today. The Iona institute is a think tank examining the role of faith and family in modern Ireland and which is very prominent on the Irish media in defense of family values and legislation.

Day 8: JUNE 8 The Creation of Modern Ireland The 1916 Uprising and the Two Streams in Irish Political Life

Historical tour of Dublin starting at St Enda's College in Rathfarnham where Patrick Pearse and others planned the 1916 Easter Rising. Downtown visit to War memorial gardens to the 50,000 Irish who died in WW1 fighting in the British Army. Walking tour of Central Dublin, including the GPO (place of the Easter Uprising) The Bank of Ireland (formerly the Irish Parliament until the Act of Union of 1800 which created the UK), Trinity College (to see the Book of Kells) with planned visit to Dail Eireann seat of the Irish Parliament with host by Eamonn O'Cuiv TD (Member of the Irish Parliament) and grandson of Eamonn De Valera, Commandant in the 1916 uprising, former Prime Minister and President of the Republic framer of the Irish Constitution. Evening return to hotel with possible optional Irish night of traditional music and food.

Day 9: JUNE 9 Northern Ireland Today and the Good Friday Agreement. An End to Troubles?

Today travel to Belfast Northern Ireland via Monasterboice, place of ancient Irish High crosses and monastic settlement. Mass at site weather permitting. Onward travel to Belfast for tour with local guide and meeting with prominent Member of the Northern Irish Assembly (MLA) to help better understand the Good Friday agreement and the part played by the Christian communities in creating this opportunity for peace in Northern Ireland Overnight at Belfast Hotel.

Day 10: JUNE 10 A Tour of the Antrim Coast, the Whiskey Factory, tory, Danny Boy and the Musical City Of Derry

Travel to Antrim Coast – visit to Bushmills Distillery – the oldest working Distillery in the World, Visit the famous Giants Causeway, travel via Coleraine (passing place of composition of ‘Danny Boy') to City of Derry/Londonderry. Visit to museum to learn of its history and musical background and the story of special person related to the group from Charleston (a secret until revealed on the day) to be told at the museum. Travel on to Galway for overnight.

Day 11: JUNE 11 Burren Bare Limestone Plateau, Cliffs of Moher

Morning services at Galway Cathedral and St Nicholas Church of Ireland and free time in Galway City. Afternoon visit to the Burren Bare limestone plateau characterized by carboniferous limestone abounding in corals, mollusks and other fossils that lived in the shallow seas over 300 million years ago. View the world renowned scenic Cliffs of Moher. Short stop in Ennis where Daniel O'Connell was elected Member of the British Parliament in 1828 - the first Catholic MP in 100 years. Onward to Shannon Airport for return flight to USA.

Day 12: JUNE 12 Charleston

Arrive in Charleston with much excitement and blessings for all that awe have experienced.

*Accommodation at hotels listed or similar.



Included in Package:

 Round trip airfare from Charleston
•  9 nights in 3/4 star hotels
•  9 Full breakfast plus 2 dinners welcome and farewell
•  Room Hire for the evening meeting in Dublin
•  Welcome drink at the hotel (01 Glass of wine/orange juice)
•  Transfer from Shannon airport with English speaking representative
•  2 full day private coach for Cork area
•  1 English speaking guide in Belfast
•  7 days touring finishing at Shannon airport
•  Porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person in/out of hotels
•  Entrance to: Cork Jail, Derrynane House, Trinity College, Bushmills Distillery


O'Duffy: Charleston Diocese 200th Anniversary Trip to Ireland
Limerick Superior Tourist Class Hotel
Galway Superior Tourist Class Hotel

2021 Dates & Prices

Dates Land Only Air & Land
$2598 $3798*


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