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Ireland Pilgrimage
w/ Fr Ed Zaorski

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Dates TBD

BEST TIME TO GO

Spring  & Fall

TIME ZONE

ET +5 hours 

AIR ITINERARY

Fr Ed Zaorski invites you pilgrimage to Ireland, where our Catholic faith is woven into the fabric of Irish history, culture, and the stunning landscapes. This sacred journey is designed for pilgrims seeking a meaningful connection with their faith in a land steeped in religious tradition.  In the embrace of Ireland's sacred sites and natural wonders, pilgrims will find moments of transcendence and renewal, forging a deeper connection with their faith and the timeless spirituality of this remarkable land. 


Join Fr Ed and visit renowned monastic sites such Glendalough, where centuries-old stone ruins stand as a testament to Ireland's rich Christian heritage, and revered shrines and cathedrals like the Knock Shrine, a place of pilgrimage since the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1879.  We will follow in the footsteps of St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, visiting key sites associated with his life and missionary work such as Croagh Patrick where in 441 AD St. Patrick spent 40 days in prayer and fasting for the people of Ireland. In addition to the wonderful Catholic history of Ireland, we will also experience Irish hospitality and culture, interacting with locals who embody the warmth and friendliness for which Ireland is known, and enjoy traditional Irish music and savor authentic Irish cuisine.  We hope you will join us!

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DAYS 1 : Detroit > Dublin

We depart USA en route to Dublin, with complimentary meals and beverages served aloft. Dublin, the name derives from “Dubh linn”, the Black Pool which was in the heart of historic Dublin. It saw the High King Brian Boru killed nearby fighting the Vikings. Both the Normans and the English invaded it. Henry VIII established Trinity College here to nurture the New Faith (Protestantism), while Catholicism was outlawed for over three hundred years. The famous Book of Kells is kept at the college. James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and Molly Malone are among the city’s notables.  

 

Our half-day sightseeing tour includes viewing Georgian Dublin, Leinster House (Parliament), St. Patrick Cathedral (Church of Ireland), dating from 450A.D., and visiting Christ Church (founded by King Sitric of the Dublin Norsemen in 1038 and rebuilt in 1169 by the Normans). Our last stop of the day is the Shrine of St. Valentine, after whom the February 14 holiday is named. Here we join the local community for the Holy Mass. After Mass, our day is at leisure for shopping and browsing before our Welcome Dinner at Sophie's Rooftop Restaurant with its amazing views of Dublin. (B|D)

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DAY 3: Knock, Ballintubber & Westport

After breakfast we depart Dublin for Knock, visited each year by more than 1.5 million pilgrims. The shrine gained international recognition following an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint John the Evangelist, and Jesus Christ on August 21, 1879. Fifteen people reported witnessing the apparition at the south gable of Knock Parish Church.  Upon arriving here as a pilgrim in the autumn of 1979, Pope John Paul II declared: ‘Now I am at the goal of my pilgrimage to Ireland!” We begin with Holy Mass at the Shrine, followed by a tour of the grounds. 

 

After lunch on our own, we continue to Ballintubber Abbey, where Holy Mass has been celebrated daily for over 800 years. Ballintubber Abbey was founded in 1216 by King Cathal Crobhdearg Ua Conchobair, who is said to have been inspired by a dream. The abbey was established for the Augustinian Canons Regular.  This is the traditional starting point for the annual pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain of Croagh Patrick. We continue to our hotel in Westport and evening on your own. (B)

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DAY 4: Croagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey & Galway

After breakfast we visit Murrisk Abbey which is ideally situated on the southern shore of Clew Bay below the sacred mountain Croagh Patrick. It was founded in c.1456 by a local chieftain Hugh O'Malley who granted the lands to the Augustinian friars. After, we make our way to Croagh Patrick, an isolated cone-shaped mountain rising 2,500 feet from the shore of Clew Bay. Here in the year 441 AD St. Patrick spent 40 days in prayer and fasting for the people of Ireland. 

 

 

From there we travel to the stunning and iconic Kylemore Abbey in County Galway where we visit the convent of the Benedictine Nuns of Ypres, beautifully set on Lake Kylemore.  Kylemore Abbey was originally built as a private residence in the late 19th century by Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor and politician, as a gift for his wife, Margaret. After Holy Mass, lunch on our own at Mitchell's Café before continuing on to Galway via picturesque Connemara National Park with its rugged landscapes, mountains, lakes, and traditional Irish villages..  Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Galway. (B|D)

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DAY 5: Galway, Cliffs of Moher & Ennis

Today we leave Galway and head south through the mesmerizing landscapes of The Burren characterized by its limestone pavement, which forms a karst landscape. The surface is marked by cracks, crevices, and fissures, creating a distinctive and almost otherworldly terrain.  We then arrive at the Cliffs of Moher; sheer cliffs dropping 600 feet to the water below, one of the most impressive stretches of shoreline on the west coast of Ireland.  After, it's to scenic Doolin, where we will have lunch at a local pub and learn the art of "pulling a Guinness." 

We then depart for the charming town of Ennis in

County Clare. Ennis has a rich history, and evidence of its past can be seen in the town's architecture, including its medieval streets and buildings. Ennis is home to the Franciscan Friary, commonly known as Ennis Friary, which dates back to the 13th century. The friary has well-preserved medieval architecture and is where we will celebrate Holy Mass at St Joseph’s Church.  Overnight in Ennis and a wonderful dinner at Preacher's Pub. (B|L|D)     

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DAY 6: Adare & Killarney 

Depart Ennis and travel to Glenstal Abbey, the Benedictine monastery, with its picturesque grounds include lakes, forests and an old walled, terraced garden which features a "bible garden."  The Abbey, founded in 1927, has become a center for prayer, study, and hospitality.

 

 

 

 

 

After Holy Mass, we continue to Adare (“The Most Beautiful Town in Ireland”).  After lunch on our own in Adare, we travel through County Kerry with some of the most beautiful views in all of Ireland. We arrive this afternoon in Killarney, known for its charming streets lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants. You can also find a variety of Irish pubs where you can can experience live music sessions, enjoy a pint of Guinness, and soak in the friendly atmosphere.  Tonight we have dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B|D)

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DAY 7: Killarney: The Ring of Kerry 

Today we are off for a thrilling scenic ride (112 miles) along The Ring of Kerry. This is a stunning route that forms a circular loop around the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. Known for its breathtaking landscapes, historic sites, and charming villages, the Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland's most iconic and visited destinations.

 

 

 

Upon our return to Killarney, we celebrate Mass with the Irish Franciscans. You will then have some free time, and those wishing to may take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage on their own to visit the Muckross House and Gardens. Muckross House and Gardens are situated within Killarney National Park. This Victorian mansion and its stunning gardens are popular with their historical significance, architectural beauty, and scenic surroundings.  Dinner is on your own in Killarney. (B)  

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DAY 8:  Blarney, Holycross Abbey, Cashel, & Kilkenny

Today we depart Killarney and County Kerry for Blarney Castle, where you will acquire the ‘gift of gab’ by kissing the Blarney Stone. Blarney Castle is a medieval fortress that dates back to the 13th century and was built by Cormac MacCarthy, King of Munster.  Be sure to stop by the  Woolen Mills  store for traditional Irish woolen goods, including Aran sweaters, scarves, blankets, and tweed clothing. 

 

Our next stop is the Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland’s most visited monuments. Here in 450 AD St. Patrick baptized King Aengus. We tour the ruins here, including the Cashel Cathedral, still in very good condition given its age. 

It's on to Holy Cross Abbey, home to one of the first relics of the True Cross to have reached Ireland. During the later Middle Ages, it was the most famous place of pilgrimage in Ireland. Through a special Act of Parliament, in 1975 reconstruction of the old monastic cloister began. Here we celebrate Mass. We arrive in Kilkenny for overnight.  Dinner at the hotel. (B|D)

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DAY 9: Glendalough & Dublin  

This morning we are off to Glendalough – The Glen Between the Two Lakes. According to legend, St. Kevin retired to this spot to be alone because his good looks made him a source of temptation. He had to drown one persistent lady who followed him; another became a nun. These sixth century ruins are from the monastic community he founded.  In time, this community became a great center of learning, known as “Rome of the West.” We will visit the Interpretive Center for Celtic Spirituality and celebrate Holy Mass at St. Kevin’s Church.

 

 

We will have lunch in the traditional Wicklow Heather restaurant before departing for Dublin.  Upon arrival we will chek-in at our hotel with time to relax before dinner at The Norseman Pub. (B|L|D)

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DAY 10: Ireland > Home 

We transfer to the Dublin airport for our return flight to home after a wonderful pilgrimage through Ireland.   (B)

What’s Included 
· Round trip airfare from Detroit to Ireland
· Meeting/assistance upon arrival and departure at airport w/ porterage at airport and hotels
· Daily Holy Mass w/ Fr Ed

· 8 nights in beautiful 4* hotels 
· Daily
Irish breakfast, 6 dinners and 2 lunches (several in great local restaurants)
· 8 full days sightseeing as per program with Catholic guide
· Luxury air-conditioned coach w/ Wi-Fi
· Entrance fees as per itinerary
 including Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, Friary at Ennis, Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral
* Price is for double occupancy - single supplement is $TBD. $TBD discount for check or Zelle payment (all payments must be check or Zelle, otherwise full price applies)
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