Tour Detail

10 Day Ireland with Sister Claudia Ward

Itinerary

This is a unique experience that honors the work of the dedicated religious. We will celebrate the anniversary at the International House of Sisters of Mercy on September 24, visit significant locations, tour the impressive Emerald Isle; enjoy entertainment, great food and beautiful scenery. A fun fifilled experience waits for you. Awe Inspiring.

Day 1 Saturday September 16 – DEPART U.S.

Depart St. Louis/arrive at the gateway city to board our international fl ight to Dublin, Ireland. Meals served in fl ight. Rest and sleep is encouraged.

Day 2 Sunday September 17 - DUBLIN

Upon arrival, passport control and baggage claim, meet our expert guide and very skilled driver before departing for a visit to Coolock House, followed by Mass at St. Teresa's Church; here is where 13 Sisters of Mercy are buried. Lunch on your own at Phoenix Park (including City Tour if time allowed). Following lunch, continue our City Tour and make our way to Mercy International Center, gift shop, lovely grounds, tea and scones (upon availability). If time permitted, a short visit to the Presentation Convent at George's Hill where Catherine McAuley, Anna Maria Doyle, and Elizabeth Harley made their novitiate and professed their religious vows as the fi rst Sisters of Mercy, founding the congregation of the Sisters of Mercy. Check into our hotel for dinner and overnight. (Overnight Dublin)

Day 3 Monday September 18 – KILDARE, CLONMEL, CHARLEVILLE, CORK

Proceed to St. Brigid's Cathedral and tomb in Kildare Town. (The 5th c. Saint is considered an early feminist; the “rebel” saint founded a monastery who became a powerful fi gure through European Christianity. On our route to Clonmel, we will make a short “photo stop” at the Rock of Cashel (where St. Patrick banished Satan from a cave) and then continue our travels to Marfi eld in Clonmel to view St. Patrick's Holy Well. St. Patrick's Well continues to be a place of pilgrimage featuring one of the largest wells in Ireland. There you will also see an early-Christian, Celtic-style cross and a statue of St. Patrick. From there we proceed to Charleville Convent of Mercy. Our fi nal destination will be Cork. (Overnight Cork City)

Day 4 Tuesday September 19 – CORK, COBH, KINSALE, TRALEE

Our morning will begin with a walking tour of Cork and the English Market. We will then proceed to Mercy University Hospital and possibly a quick visit with the Sisters at the Convent. En route, hopefully we will also enjoy a short visit with Ken Joyce, former Mercy Mission Leader from St. Louis. Our next stop will be at Cobh (in County Cork), the last Port of Call for the Titanic. There you can see a statue of Annie Moore and her brother and sister; some of the fi rst Irish immigrants to pass through Ellis Island. No doubt many of our ancestors were included in these voyages to the US. If time permits, we will then proceed to Kinsale to enjoy a little bit of Ireland's fi shing town. (Overnight Tralee)

Day 5—Wednesday September 20 – TRALEE, DINGLE

Our day will begin with an early Mass at 8:30 am at St. John's Parish (located at Castle Street, Tralee). We will then make our way to Dingle, with a short stop at Inch Beach. Continue on to Dingle and do the Slea Head Drive around the Peninsula. Here we will see the Beehive Huts before 2,000 BC, and view the Blaskets Islands where Peig Sayers wrote some of her books. We stop at Gallarus Oratory and visit Kilmalkedar Church where you will see one of the fi rst Ogham Stones in Ireland. Continue to Dingle for lunch. There you will fi nd the fi nest fresh fi sh & chips; possibly at Harrington's Café! (Overnight Tralee)

Day 6—Thursday September 21 – KILLIMER, CLIFFS OF MOHER, BALLINTUBBER, KNOCK

Depart Tralee for Tarbert Ferry to cross the Shannon River to Killimer. Continue onward to the Cliffs of Moher and lunch. Drive the Cork Screw – through the Burren and make our way to Ballintubber (time permitting) and then continue to Knock. Ballintubber is unique, being the only Royal Abbey with continuous celebration of Mass for over 800 years. It is believed that Saint Patrick had a presence here. Saint Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass here. Twenty miles west of Ballintubbber is the famous “Croagh Patrick” Mountain, which one can see at a distance on a clear day. (Overnight Knock)

Day 7—Friday September 22 – KNOCK, KILBEGGAN

Enjoy a prayerful morning at Knock with 9 am Mass and early lunch at own discretion. On route to Dublin, we will enjoy a quick stop to visit the oldest distillery in the world at Kilbeggan Distillery. (Overnight Dublin)

Day 8 Saturday September 23 - DUBLIN

Visit the sites of Dublin; to include the Jameson Distillery, the Church Restaurant on Jervis Street, Trinity Library/ Book of Kells, St. Mary's Pro Cathedral (Roman Catholic), Carmelite church and tomb of St. Valentine. Leisure Overnight Dublin and enjoy an Irish entertainment show.

Day 9 Sunday September 24 – DUBLIN, DUN LOAGHAIRE

Today is the 190 anniversary celebration of the Sisters of Mercy, founded by Venerable Catherine McAuley. A day that will remain in our hearts forever. The Mercy International Center will be our time for Mass and to re-live the trials and toils of the Sisters who dedicated their lives to helping humanity. Continue to Dun Loaghaire by the gleaming Irish Sea (if we didn't go there on day one) for a memorable visit with the hospitable Sisters of Mercy and share in a ‘good cup of tea' and singing. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (Overnight Dublin)

Day 10 Monday September 25 – DEPART IRELAND/ARRIVE U.S.

****THIS IS A VERY FULL ITINERARY. Every effort will be made to include all visits and views, subject to “time permitting”****

Highlights

*September 24 is the 190th Anniversary celebration
and Mass—Mercy International Center
*Tomb of Venerable Catherine McAuley
*Coolock House
* Dun Loaghaire Convent
* Book of Kells
* Tomb of St. Valentine
* Phoenix Park
*Jameson Distillery
* Rock of Cashel
*Kildare—St. Brigid's Cathedral/Tomb of Saint
*St. Parick's Holy Well
* Charleville Convent
*Exhibit Crimean War - Sisters of Mercy from Ireland and
England along with Florence Nightingale caring for the wounded
in Crimea
*English Market, Cork
* Cliffs of Moher
*View Mercy University Hospital, Cork
*Cobh - Port of last call for the Titanic and port of
departure for many Irish going to America
*Dingle Peninsula - Filming sites of the 1970 fi lm,
“Ryan's Daughter”
* Gallarus Oratory—Kilmalkedar Church
* Burren
* Knock Shrine of Apparitions
* Kilbeggan Distillery (Dating to 1757 - world's oldest)
.....and much more!