Ireland 2019 Pilgrimage

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Journeys of Faith

Pilgrimage #722

The Many Faces of Ireland

July 22 - August 02, 2019


Day 1  Monday  July 22, 2019

Overnight flight from the US


Day 2  Tuesday  July 23, 2019           DUBLIN - WESTPORT  (D)

Arrive in Dublin Airport.  After we all gather, we will meet our  Driver-Guide to begin our Pilgrimage with a visit to Clonmacnoise, one of the most important historic sites in Ireland.  We will see the ruins of a 

cathedral, 7 churches (10th to 13th century), 2 round towers, 3 high crosses, two holy wells and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe. 

Dinner and Overnight at our hotel in Westport.


Day 3  Wednesday  July 24, 2019        CROAGH PATRICK - KYLEMORE - WESTPOT (BD)

After a full Irish breakfast , we begin our day with a visit to Croagh Patrick, the Mountain of St. Patrick, also called Ireland's holy mountain.  It was on the summit of the mountain that St. Patrick fasted for 40 days in 441AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation.

We continue on to  Kylemore Abbey which is set in the heart of the Connemara mountains.

The Abbey is run by the Benedictines Nuns.  The Gothic Church and Victorian Walled Garden have been restored to their former glory.  We celebrate Mass at the Nun's Church at Kylemore.   Return to our hotel for dinner.


Day 4  Thursday July 25, 2019              KNOCK - BALLINTUBBER - WESPORT (BD)

Our day begins with a visit to Knock Shrine, where Our lady appeared to 15 people on August 21, 1879.  Po

Pope John Paul II visited this Shrine in 1979 as did Mother Teresa of Calcutta in June of 1993.  As part of our tour, we will see the Folk Museum, which houses a great deal of memorabilia from the time of the apparitions, as well as the history of the area.  Our tour will include the Chapel of Reconciliation, where we will have an opportunity to have our confession heard.  We will take part in the great Healing Mass at the Basilica.  We continue on to Ballintubber Abbey, a magnificent tribute to the Irish people, also fittingly called "The Abbey that refused to die."  It has a unique record of unbroken Catholic worship, in spite of pillage, fire, and sword.  There are many beautiful sights to be seen here!

Back to our hotel for dinner and rest.

Day 5  Friday July  26, 2019                       CLIFFS OF MOHER - BUNRATTY - CORK (BD)

We will travel through Burren, famous for its Lunar-like Limestone landscape and its unique flora. About 20 species of Orchids grow wild here.  We continue to visit the  Cliffs of Moher, one of the most beautiful sights in the world.  It rises 700 feet above sea level.  From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Island, Galway Bay, as well as the The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. 

We go on to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. The first, castle was built by a Norman, Thomas de Clare in the 13th century.  However, the story of the site goes back to prehistoric times and it was the Vikings who first established a settlement here in 950AD.  In 1954 Lord Gort bought the castle and with the help of Bord Failte restored it to its present condition.  He also installed the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country. The crafts and skills of the self-sufficient Shannon community have been revived in the same grounds, the Folk Park.  We enjoy a Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle, living like the lords and ladies of 15th century Ireland.  Overnight in Cork.


Day 6  Saturday  July 27, 2019                    GOUGANE BARRA - BLARNEY - CORK (BD)

Today we begin our day with a visit to Gougane Barra.   The name Gougane Barra comes from St. Finnbarr, who is said to have built a monastery on an island in the lake nearby during the 6th century. The present ruins date from around 1700 when a priest called Denis O'Mahony retreated to the island.  During the times of the Penal Laws, Gougane Barra's remoteness meant that it became a popular place for the celebration of

the Roman Catholic Mass. The nineteenth century oratory which stands near the original monastery is famous for its picturesque location.  We continue on to  Blarney Castle, built in 1446 as a defensive fortress.

Kiss the Blarney stone if your dare...Tradition holds that those who kiss the Blarney Stone will be endowed with the gift of eloquence - "the gift of the gab" as the locals call it.

Dinner and overnight in Cork.


Day 7  Sunday  July  28, 2019                         ROCK OF CASHEL - HOLYCROSS ABBEY - KILKENNY (BE)

Today we visit the Rock of Cashel, a spectacular castle/Cathedral from the time of St. Patrick.  See the amazing group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone, including a round tower, Romanesque chapel, cathedral and restored hall of the Vicar's Choral.  Next we visit Holycross Abbey, a restored medieval Cistercian monastery on the banks of the River Suir in Co. Tipperary.  A relic of the True Cross drew pilgrims from far and wide since its foundation by Donal Mor O Briain, King of Limerick, in 1182AD.  Around 1400 AD the Butlers of Ormond were patrons and many renovations were carried out.  As second relic, the Ormond Relic, was enshrined in the Abbey.  Many of the unique architectural features date from the 15th century rebuild.  We celebrate Mass at Holycross Abbey.

On to Kilkenny for dinner and overnight.


Day 8  Monday  July 29, 2019                             WATERFORD - THOMASTOWN - KILKENNY (BD)

We begin our day at the House of Waterford Crystal. This brand new home for Waterford Crystal occupies a 1.5 acre site on the Mall in the heart of Waterford city.  Next, we visit  Jerpoint Abbey in Thomastown.  An outstanding Cistercian abbey founded in the second half of the 12th century. The church with its Romanesque details dates from this period.

Our last stop for the day is the famed Kilkenny Castle, a 12th century castle remodeled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde.

Dinner and rest in Kilkenny.

Day 9  Tuesday  July 30, 2019                               KILKENNY - KILDARE - DUBLIN (BD)

We begin our day in Kildare, at the Shine of St. Brigid, one of Ireland's most famous Saints.

It is a beautiful shrine, with a stone-lined prayer route, a stream where St. Brigid performed Miracles, and her stone and Pillar.  There are said to be Healing Stones, each with the shape corresponding to a part of the human body.  We continue on to Dublin where we meet with a Local Guide for a panoramic sightseeing tour, including O’Connell Street, Phoenix Park, Leinster House.  We celebrate evening Mass at the Church of Adam and Eve.

Dinner and overnight in  Dublin

Day 10  Wednesday  July 31, 2019                         DUBLIN (B)    

We start our day celebrating  Mass at the Church and shrine of Venerable Matt Talbot.  Learn the life of this special man in the Church.

Visit the Library at Trinity College, one of the world’s great research libraries, holding the largest collection of manuscripts and printed books in Ireland.

At the Treasury,  we see a display of Irish medieval gospel manuscripts, principally the Book of Kells which contains a Latin text of the four gospels copied and decorated by Irish monks around the year 800 AD.

We continue on to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral which stands on the oldest Christian site in Dublin. St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts to the Christian faith in a well which once existed north of the tower in the present park. Because of its sacred association with St. Patrick, a church had stood here since the 5th century.   Rest of the day free to do some shopping or have a cup of coffee and Irish scone.  Dinner on your own.

Overnight in  Dublin


Day 11  Thursday  August 01, 2019           DUBLIN - DROGHEDA - MONASTERBOICE - MELLIFONT ABBEY - DUBLIN (BD)

We begin with a visit to  St. Peter’s Church, home of the shrine to St. Oliver Plunkett, the first Irish Saint to come from the persecution of Henry VIII.  The Saint’s incorrupt head is venerated in this church.  We also stop at one of Ireland's best known religious sites,  Monasterboice, with the ruins of the churches and famous 10th century high Celtic crosses.  We visit the  Hill of Tara , though best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, where St. Patrick lit the Paschal Candle.  Lastly, we visit Old Mellifont Abbey, the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland founded in 1142 by St. Malachy of Armagh.

Farewell dinner and overnight in Dublin.


Day 12 Friday  August  02, 2019                    DUBLIN - HOME (B)

After a final breakfast in Ireland, we head to Dublin Airport for your flight  home  Time to ponder on the wonders the Lord has given us during this time, and how we should use the gifts of the people of Ireland in our lives.  

Truly, your pilgrimage has just begun!

Terms and Conditions for Pilgrimage #722

Pilgrimage Prices: Quoted in US Dollars, based on rates, tariffs and exchange rates
in effect on January 2019. Rates are subject to change in the event of revisions.
Pilgrimages with less than the required number of passengers may depart at the
discretion of JC Ministry Inc./dba Journeys of Faith, but an additional cost may be
incurred. Pilgrims will be advised of any surcharges before departure. Rates published are based on double occupancy, with additional charge for single.

What is Included in Basic Pilgrimage Package: All land transportation via air-conditioned luxury motorcoach. All first class hotels Two meals per day (as indicated
by Breakfast and Dinner) except one night in Dublin. All Sightseeing, All tips, and
Baggage Handling - Price includes only one suitcase per passenger, no heavier
than 50 lbs. All baggage is the responsibility of the pilgrim and airline/hotel or
bus company.

Airfare: Group airfares available from Atlanta and Wichita. Group airfare prices
are guaranteed, only airport taxes are subject to change at time of ticketing. Group air prices available from other cities upon request. Group airfares do not allow upgrades nor seat selection. Airline tickets constitute the sole contract between the airline and the passenger.

Land Price Only: Does not include air nor airport transfers. However, transfers will
be available provided you arrive at scheduled Pilgrimage dates and times. If you arrive prior to or after the scheduled Pilgrimage dates and time you will need to provide your own transportation at your own cost. Pick up and drop off schedule will be provided prior to departure. If you decide not to use the group airfare available, Journeys of Faith will be most happy to help you book your air at the best prices available in the market at the time of booking. With these uncertain times it is best that you check with Journeys of Faith before booking your own air.

Also Not Included Are: Any items not mentioned above or of a personal nature such as Passport and Visa fees, laundry, beverages, tips for room service, excess baggage charges, health and accident insurance, medical expenses incurred, replacement of items forgotten or stolen while on pilgrimage. Also not included is tip for bus driver. Suggested tip $3.00 per day per person. IMPORTANT NOTE - Additional Charge for Visas for Non -U.S. Citizens

Deviations: Any deviations from the pilgrimage, requested by the pilgrim, will
be assessed at an additional administrative charge of $100.00 per person, plus any
additional costs the change may incur.

Responsibility: JC Ministry Inc/dba Journeys of Faith reserves the right to cancel
a departure date or a whole pilgrimage due to lack of participation or for reasons
beyond our control such as natural disasters, acts of war, acts of God or government
restrictions. If such an unlikely event should occur, we will offer an alternate departure date or pilgrimage program. Should you decline an alternate date or should we cancel the pilgrimage outright, the limit of our liability to you will be the refund of all monies received, including any cancellation penalties. We will not be liable, however, for costs incurred by you not paid to us, such as visas and passport costs, items of a personal nature, domestic transportation either by ground or air etc....nor will we be liable for any psychological damages, traumas, stress, disappointment, personal and financial loss resulting from our change of departure date or cancellation of a pilgrimage. This right is also reserved to alter the itinerary should this become advisable due to schedule changes and other causes beyond the control of the operator.

Additional expenses, if any, shall be borne by the passenger, conversely, refund will
be made to the passenger if any savings is effected thereby. Itineraries and Prices are subject to change without notice. If a pilgrim leaves, and their roommate remains, the rate will revert to single room supplement for remainder of trip which remaining pilgrim will have to pay. The pilgrim understands that he/she has no claim against JC Ministry Inc./dba Journeys of Faith for any delay or damage to or loss of property or baggage or injury to or death of persons due to any neglect or willful act of a direct air carrier, hotel, bus company, transportation company or service company of any kind, or any other person or persons rendering any of the services being offered in connection with these pilgrimages. JC Ministry Inc./dba Journeys of Faith acts only as an agent in securing hotels, transportation and other travel services, and in no event shall JC Ministry Inc./dba Journeys of Faith be liable for any act, accidental or intentional of a third party. In the event of a litigation, both parties agree that such procedures will take place in and under the jurisdiction of Conway County, Arkansas, the headquarters of JC Ministry Inc./dba Journeys of Faith.

Physical Disabilities: Any disability requiring special attention must be noted on
the Pilgrimage Information Form. Any person who cannot travel independently,
or who needs physical assistance of any kind, must be accompanied by a companion who can fully and solely attend to the person’s needs. Our guides and drivers cannot help a handicapped person, nor can we ask our staff or the pilgrims to help. We are really not equipped to handle Handicapped pilgrims. We are also not equipped to handle special diet meals. The pilgrim must take care of any special needs directly with airlines, hotels or bus himself.

Reservations and Payments: For reservations, please complete the Pilgrimage
Membership Application. A Deposit of Faith of $500.00 per person will hold your

Cancellation and Refund: Full refund of all monies is made if cancellation is
received up to 60 days before departure. For cancellations received between 59-31
days, $500.00 Cancellation Fee per person. For Cancellations received 30 days prior
to departure, Cancellation fee of 100% of the price (totally non-refundable). No
refunds if you fail to complete tour. No refund can be made for any unused services
(such as missed meals or sightseeing tours). This is why we strongly recommend
Trip Cancellation Insurance.

Baggage: On land portions, one suit case, 50 pounds TOTAL WEIGHT PER
PERSON is included in your Basic Pilgrimage Package. For each additional piece,
$7.00 US Dollars per hotel is charged.


LAND ONLY price $3195 per person*

LAND and AIR from Atlanta $4532*

LAND and AIR from Wichita $4638*

Airfare available from many other cities

*Based on double occupancy

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