SESSIONS FROM THE HEARTH – IRISH MUSIC TOUR
9 night Pre-booked Tour – ‘Discover the rhythm of the Emerald Isle’
Day 1 – Welcome to Ireland
Fáilte go Éireann! Upon arrival transfer to your hotel (under own arrangements). Explore
Dublin, Ireland’s Capital City, enjoy a panoramic tour discovering the north and
south side of the River Liffey. This area offers great striking monuments such as the GPO
(General Post Office) on O’Connell Street, or the Custom House along the quays, as well as
the Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe. The south side appears more
sophisticated with its vast Georgian Squares, such as Merrion Square where Oscar Wilde’s
House can still be found & it’s colourful doors, along with Grafton Street. Not so far from St.
Stephen Green you will see the house of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula. This part of the
city is also dominated by the students of Trinity College, where the famous Books of Kells is
permanently exhibited in its library. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elisabeth I, most of the main
buildings off the main square were built during the Georgian period, some of which replaced
older buildings. Within its walls, you will be able to admire Parliament Square and its 18th
century edifices. Trinity College has had many famous students such as Jonathan Swift and
Samuel Becket who later became a lecturer in French at the university. Tonight why not enjoy
a night of entertainment at leisure in Temple Bar or alternatively, pre-book The Traditional
Irish Musical Pub Crawl.
Overnight: Dublin area (full Irish breakfast)
Day 2 – Dublin to Westport
Travel to Wesport, Co. Mayo via the Midlands. Visit Strokestown Park & Famine Museum built
by Thomas Mahon on lands which had been granted to his grandfather, Nicholas, in the
latter half of the 17th century for his support in the British colonial campaign. The house
provides a fascinating glimpse into the AngloIrish ascendancy. Many rooms are on show
including a schoolroom and a child/s bedroom, complete with 19th century toys and mirrors.
The Famine Museum is located in the original Stable Yard and was designed to
commemorate the history of The Great Irish Famine of the 1840’s and in some way to
balance the history of the “big house”. Whereas the landlord class had the resources
to leave an indelible mark on the landscape, the Irish tenants lived in poverty and nothing
of a physical nature has survived to commemorate their lives.
Enjoy an evening of music in Matt Molloy’s pub under own arrangements.
Overnight: Westport area (full Irish breakfast)
Day 3 – Connemara
This morning you will leave Westport for Galway via Leenane and the Killary fjord and
Clifden. Journey through Connemara, the most romantic part of Ireland full of lakes and rivers,
bogs and mountains. A land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language and
where little has changed little since the beginning of time. A land characteristic for its
stone walls and thatched cottages. On its northern shore the land is harsher and more
secret, with spectacular views of the Ocean and the beautiful fjord of Killary Harbour, as
well as the steep mountains overlooking numerous lakes and large bog areas.
You can also visit the magnificent Kylemore Abbey – a beautiful mansion in a lakeside
setting against a mountainous backdrop. One of the most famous features is its miniature
cathedral, built in 1870 and known locally as the Gothic church. Originally built as a private
home in 1868, it became home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns who still live there
today. Visitors can explore the visitor centre, part of the house and the beautifully restored
Victorian walled garden. Continue to Galway City for an evening of music in a local pub
under own arrangements. Overnight: Galway area (full Irish breakfast).
Day 4 – Cliffs of Moher & Burren Region
This morning you will explore the Burren Region. The Burren, part of which forms the
100 square km Burren National Park, is a unique place. It contains dozens of megalithic
tombs and Celtic crosses as well as a ruined Cistercian Abbey dating back to the 12th
century. You will discover small villages abandoned during the famine period and
green roads on which you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car. The flora on the
Burren is a mixture of Artic and Mediterranean and rare flowers such as gentian, orchids and
bloody cranesbill are the rule rather than the exception.
Continue onto Doolin, a charming small seaside village on the north-west coast of Co.
Clare. Traditionally a fishing village, is now renowned world-wide as the traditional music
capital of Ireland. Continue to the Cliff of Moher, situated on the Atlantic Ocean and
bordering the Burren Area. A spectacular 5- mile long cliff, which rises almost 200m above
sea level. On a clear day is possible to see the Aran Islands as well as the valley and the hills
of Connemara. The cliffs reach their highest point just north of O’Brien Tower, built by a
descendant of Brian Boru, he who defeated the Vickings in battle.
County Clare is synonymous with Irish traditional music and is home to Ireland’s
oldest Céili Band, The Kilfenora Céili Band that was born a century ago in the tiny village of
Kilfenora. The Glor Irish Music Centre in Ennis provides a forum for Irish musicians and artists
to showcase their work to local, national and international audiences.
Enjoy an evening of music in a local pub in Ennis under own arrangements.
Overnight: Ennis area (full Irish breakfast).
Day 5 – Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
This morning depart Ennis for Dingle. En route why not visit the Bunratty Castle & Folk Park,
one of the most complete and authentic medieval castles in Ireland. Built in 1425 and
restored in 1954, contains 15th and 16th century furnishings and tapestries capturing
the mood and the style of the times. The castle hosts evening medieval banquets and takes
the participants back to the time that the castle entertained its visitors with fine food,
wine and song. Within the grounds of the castle is the Folk Park where 19th century life is
vividly recreated. Set on 26 acres, theimpressive park features over 30 buildings in a
“living” village and rural setting.
Try lunch at Durty Nellie’s - one of Ireland’s most famous pubs. Continue on for Dingle via Limerick. Why not
visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum and try the Irish Coffee, invented in the airport
restaurant by the Chef Joe Sheridan in 1942 to warm up some damp and miserable
passengers. Since then the Irish Coffee has become one of the most popular welcoming
drinks in the world. Enjoy an evening at leisure in Dingle in one of the local pubs including McCarthy’s or O’
Flaherthy’s, famous for Traditional Irish Music. Overnight: Dingle area (full Irish breakfast)
Day 6 – Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head
This morning you will explore the Dingle Peninsula. Famous for its Celtic, pre-Christian
monuments and Christian churches. It is also a “Gaeltacht” – Irish speaking area, where the
Irish language and traditional ways of life are preserved. Dingle town itself is a thriving
fishing town and offers plenty of opportunity for shopping or simply savouring the
atmosphere of a typical country Irish town with its plentiful pubs, narrow streets and busy
harbour. The road between Dunquin and Slea Head is dotted with beehive huts, forts and
church sites. Prehistoric Dunbeg Fort is on a cliff top promontory with a sheer drop to the
Atlantic and had four outer walls of stone. Inside are the remains of a house and a
beehive hut as well as an underground passage. Beehive huts are circular stone
buildings shaped like a beehive which was lived in by the Kerry monks.
Enjoy your lunch at Sammy’s Restaurant on Inch Beach – a long beach bordered by dunes
and made famous by David Lean’s movie “Ryan’s daughter”. Admire the Iveragh Peninsula and Rossbeigh Beach.
Overnight: Dingle area (full Irish breakfast)
Day 7 – Kenmare Bay & Ring of Kerry
This morning leave Dingle and drive to Kenmare via Ring of Kerry and Lakeland of
Killarney. Enjoy a short stop at two of the Ring of Kerry’s most spectacular beauty spots
Trinity College St. Patrick’s Cathedral Guinness Storehouse Old Jameson Distillery
Clonmacnoise Bunratty Castle & Folk Park Cliffs of Moher King John’s Castle
Rock of Cashel
10 nights sharing adouble/twin room at specified properties (Pre-booked Accommodation)
Service Charges & taxes at exiting rates
Dublin –3* Sandymount Hotel
Galway – B&B
Clare – 3* Queen’s Hotel
Kerry – B&B
Dublin – 4* Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel
Child Policy: Child supplements apply when a child between 3 and 11
years incl. is sharing with 2 full paying adults to a maximum of 2
children in the room. A child sharing with a single adult is
charged the normal per person rate. Children sharing 0-2
years incl. are free and meals paid directly to the hotel.
Accommodations (or Similar):
Dublin – 4* BallsbridgeHotel
Westport – 3* MilltimesHotel
Galway – 3* ConnaughtHotel
Clare – 3* Treacy’s WestCounty Hotel
Dingle – 4* Dingle SkelligHotel
Kenmare – 4* KenmareBay Hotel
Kinsale – 4* TridentHotel
2 nights – ‘Band 1’ B&Bs
1 night – ‘Band 2’ B&B
6 nights – ‘Band 3’ B&Bs
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|CHILD* based on 1 child 3-12 years sharing with 2 adults||$650||$650||$650||$650|