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)
Early Booking Discount:
$100 discount with deposit by August 14, 2019
OR $50 discount with deposit by November 14, 2019
This evening we meet at the Charleston Airport for our flight to Shannon. Dinner and entertainment on flight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Charleston Diocese 200th Anniversary Trip to Ireland with Dr Cormac O’Duffy PhD