PORTLAND---All are invited to join Bishop Robert P. Deeley and other Maine parishioners on a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Ireland in 2020. The journey will begin on August 28 and conclude on September 8.
The trip will include daily Masses celebrated by Bishop Deeley, who has deep Irish roots as his parents immigrated to the U.S. from County Galway and relatives remain living in the country.
“From the vibrant city of Galway with its Bay opening to the West and the heights of the Cliffs of Moher to the beauty of Dingle and Kilkenny, Ireland is an inspiration to all who visit her,” said Bishop Deeley. “The beauty of the shades of green in the scenery is matched only by the grand hospitality and warmth of its people. I look forward to showing my fellow pilgrims many of the amazing places and experiences that the Emerald Isle offers.”
The itinerary includes:
- Cliffs of Moher, the 400-foot-high cliffs stretch for five miles along the Atlantic coast;
- Cobh, with its colorful homes and heritage center, was also the last port of call for the RMS Titanic;
- Dingle Peninsula, described by National Geographic Traveler as “the most beautiful place on earth,” features an incredible stretch of seaside cliffs, sheep-strewn fields, and majestic hills;
- Dublin and a tour of St. Patrick’s Cathedral;
- Galway, where the group will visit Glenstal Abbey, take a ferry ride to the Aran Islands, and tour Dún Aenghus, a Celtic fortress perched on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean;
- Glendalough, which features Baltinglass Abbey, 6th century monastic ruins, and a 7th century monastery;
- Kilkenny, with its famed restaurants, music halls, shops, and medieval buildings;
- Knock Shrine, where the Virgin Mary appeared to 15 people in 1879;
- Kylemore Abbey, for a tour of the elegant mansion, garden, and church set beside a tranquil lake in the heart of the Connemara mountains;
- Tipperary, which will feature a visit to the Rock of Cashel, the majestic church ruins clustered high on a limestone outcrop overlooking the surrounding countryside;
- and Trinity College, where you will see the Book of Kells and the Old Library’s Long Room, which holds over 200,000 books.
Other tour highlights are a visit to Cork, Ireland’s second largest city; Gallarus Oratory, a chapel built of large cut stones discovered in 1756; and historic Kilmalkedar Church in Ballyferriter, a coastal community on the Dingle Peninsula.
The tour includes round-trip Concord Coach bus transportation from Portland to Boston; round-trip flights from Boston to Shannon and Dublin to Boston; nine dinners and ten breakfasts; hotel accommodations for ten nights; transportation on a deluxe motor coach in Ireland; visits and admission fees (per itinerary); hotel porterage, service charges, and government taxes; and gratuities for local guides.
The price per person, based on double occupancy, is $4,699. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Teena at Dube Travel by calling (207) 784-2916 or emailing email@example.com.