Pilgrimage to Ireland – September 9, 2024

Dublin | Knock | Killarney | Cork
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A pilgrimage to Ireland is an immersion in faith and culture. Take in the beauty of this small island country as you traverse the lunar landscape of The Burren, view the impressive Cliffs of Moher, and travel across the rolling green hills of “The Emerald Isle.” Walk in the footsteps of numerous saints and be renewed by the centuries-old faith of the Irish people.
A Truly Catholic Pilgrimage
Date:
9/9/2024
Duration:
11 Days
Departure:
Louisville
Activity Level:
Level 2 - Moderate
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Activity Level 2 - Moderate
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$5,400
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Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1 | September 9 | Depart USA

Our pilgrimage begins as we depart on our overnight flight to Dublin. Meals and refreshments will be served aloft.

Day 2 | September 10 | Arrive Dublin

Upon arrival in Dublin, we will be met by our local Irish tour manager, who will remain with us for the duration of our pilgrimage. We proceed into Dublin proper, the vibrant capital of Ireland, with a romantic aura of Old-World Europe, for a city tour. Beginning at the church of Our Lady of Lourdes, we venerate the tomb of Venerable Matt Talbot, 20th century commoner known for overcoming his alcoholism through the power of faith. We continue to St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral – the Catholic Cathedral of Dublin. Our final stop before checking into our hotel will be at Trinity College to see the famous Book of Kells, the 9th century illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels. (D) Overnight Dublin

Day 3 | September 11 | Dublin / Knock

After breakfast depart Dublin and drive west to Clonmacnoise for a visit to this holy site in a beautiful setting in a bend in the river Shannon. Then continue to Knock and celebrate Mass in the magnificent Basilica next to the original church where our Blessed Mother appeared alongside St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist to 14 people in 1879. In 1979, on the 100th anniversary of the apparition, Pope John Paul II visited Knock and declared that the Church would be known as the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland. (B/D) Overnight Knock

Day 4 | September 12 | Knock / Galway / Knock

Following breakfast, drive to Galway and visit the Galway Cathedral dedicated to Our Lady and St. Nicholas, and the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas with its famous Spanish Arch from where Columbus prayed before sailing for America. We will then depart Galway and travel through Connemara, an area of outstanding scenic grandeur. There is a brooding sense of Ireland’s ancient culture and traditions in this haunted and mystical area where Gaelic is still the everyday language. Visit Kylemore Abbey, the only remaining home of the Benedictine nuns in Ireland, before returning to Knock for overnight. (B, D) Overnight Knock

Day 5 | September 13 | Knock / Killarney

Depart Knock traveling south via the lunar landscape of the Burren to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, a dramatic great sheer rock face rising 700 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to Killarney, situated in a spectacular location amidst mountains, glens and lakes. Sometimes known as the “Best Kept Town” in all of Ireland, Killarney teems with history, Irish heritage, and hospitality. The remainder of this afternoon is free to enable us to explore the interesting craft shops, quaint historic buildings and churches, or perhaps sample the traditional form of local transport, the jaunting car (a horse drawn wagon). (B/D) Overnight Killarney

Day 6 | September 14 | Killarney

Today we travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as “The Ring of Kerry.” It is undoubtedly one of the most magical places in all Ireland. Here bogs, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. Even the names of the towns seem to whisper their beauty: Cahirciveen, Glenbeigh, Killorglin and Sneem. Visit Muckross House and Abbey before returning to the hotel for an early dinner. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Irish music, song, and dance show presented by the Celtic Steps. (B, D) Overnight Killarney

Day 7 | September 15 | Killarney / Cork

After Mass we will depart Killarney and drive to Blarney Castle, which dates to 1446 and is the third castle built on this site. We will climb the battlements to reach the Blarney Stone, said to impart the gift of eloquence to all who kiss it. Continue on to Cork for overnight. (B, D) Overnight Cork

Day 8 | September 16 | Cork / Wexford

This morning we begin at the Cathedral of Saint Mary and Saint Anne in Cork. Then depart Cork and drive northeast to the Rock of Cashel, a monumental 12th century complex dominating the surrounding landscape. Tradition holds it was here Patrick first used the shamrock as an image of the Trinity and converted the pagan King of Munster. It hosts one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture in the region. After exploring this unique and historic location. Then visit the Irish National Heritage Park, an open-air museum bringing to life over 9000 years of Irish history, before proceeding to Wexford for overnight. (B, D) Overnight Wexford

Day 9 | September 17 | Wexford / Dublin

We depart this morning for Glendalough. Tucked away in the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough was established by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Seeking a place where he could commune with God without the distractions of worldly life, the young Kevin lived first in a tree, then in a cave, eventually attracting a following of those who wanted to pursue a similar monastic vocation. Explore the ruins of this ancient monastery and marvel at the faithful asceticism of the medieval monks. Continue on to Dublin for overnight. (B/D) Overnight Dublin

Day 10 | September 18 | Dublin

Following breakfast, we will head north to see the Celtic crosses in the historic ruins of Monasterboice, the remains of an early Christian monastic settlement. The three high crosses were constructed as early as the 10thcentury, and other remaining ruins are from the 13th and 14th centuries. Continue to the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick is said to have lit an Easter fire as a challenge to the pagan High King of Tara. In the afternoon visit St Peter’s Church in Drogheda, famous for its tall west gable, rose window, and for containing the national shrine of St. Oliver Plunkett, the last Roman Catholic to be martyred in England, before returning to Dublin. This evening we will celebrate our farewell dinner at a local pub featuring traditional Irish music. (B, D) Overnight Dublin

Day 11 | September 19 | Dublin / USA

Following breakfast, transfer to Dublin Airport for our return flight to the United States, bringing with us all the blessings and graces of this pilgrimage. (B)

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What's Included

  • Daily Mass at holy sites
  • Roundtrip economy class airfare from Louisville to Dublin on Delta Airlines
  • 9 nights’ accommodations, including taxes and service charges
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage at airports and hotels
  • Knowledgeable, friendly, Catholic/Christian guides; whisper headsets; deluxe motor coach transportation to holy sites; all entrance fees listed on itinerary
  • Breakfast and dinner per itinerary (excluding drinks)
  • Farewell dinner at a local pub with music on day 10

*Pricing Information

The total pricing is based off the following components:
Base price:
$4,730
Air taxes/fuel surcharges:
$518.20
Gratuities:
$150
See brochure for information about single rooms and/or land-only pricing.

Please note: Air taxes/fuel surcharges and gratuities are subject to change and will be updated on the final invoice. The final invoice will be emailed to you approximately 3 months prior to departure.
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Testimonials

Read what other pilgrims have shared about their experiences with Tekton Ministries.
You can view more testimonials here.
Ireland
"It is very satisfying to see that the Catholic Church is truly catholic…universal."
Patricia B.Pilgrim from Trenton, NE
Ireland
"I feel more comfortable about talking about the Irish saints and have a deeper understanding of the trials Catholics endure, which means I will sympathize with more countries who suffer persecution and are oppressed for their belief in God. Hopefully I will pray more for the oppressed!"
Karen C.Pilgrim from Troy, TN
Ireland
"It was a wonderful pilgrimage to Ireland. All of the hotels were nice-especially The Lake Hotel was stunning! I have been on five pilgrimages and this was by far the best meals we have had in hotels. The people at the hotels were very welcoming and ready to help. The people of Ireland were the same."
Kimberly D.Pilgrim from Memphis, TN
Ireland
"I loved our guide and our bus driver. Their humor and welcoming nature helped with my anxiety about traveling in Ireland."
Jenina M.Pilgrim from Memphis, TN
Ireland
"It was a wonderful trip and hard to pinpoint a favorite moment. However, I am very happy we got to travel to Northern Ireland. I found Belfast very intriguing. I learned a lot through the whole trip as we visited the beautiful Churches and shrines."
Kathleen L.Pilgrim from Bloomington, IL
Ireland
"It was a wonderful trip. I was glad to see as much as we did and loved sitting in the bus hearing stories about Ireland's history. The people were warm and friendly…I always take these trips by myself so the faith-based groups are important to me. The bus driver and tour guide were PERFECT!!!"
Paula M.Pilgrim from Evanston IL
Ireland
"Everyone was wonderful to work with and couldn't have asked for a more well-planned pilgrimage."
Steven F.Pilgrim from Gretna, NE
Ireland
"Visiting the Shrine of Knock- was a life-changing event for me. I could feel the presence of Mary all around me. This trip was so inspirational. So very glad that we went. We loved sharing this journey with 4 of our priests. That alone made this trip very special."
Christie F.Pilgrim from Gretna, NE
Ireland
"I am very thankful I went on this pilgrimage. It was a great opportunity to not only learn about Ireland and their conversion and how the Irish live their faith today but also to make new friends and enhance existing friendships."
Kathleen L.Pilgrim from Bloomington, IL
Ireland
"We get caught up in the world's crazy deadlines, work, and family. This Pilgrimage gave me the opportunities and intentional time to reflect and pray and be thankful."
Christie F.Pilgrim from Gretna, NE