Irish Adventure

    Day 1

    Day 1 – Sunday, September 9, 2018 - Depart U.S.

    Overseas Adventure Travel

    Irish Adventure: Belfast, Dublin & the Northwest Counties

    Tom Deasy

    “He who travels has stories to tell.” Irish Saying

    After a gorgeous late summer weekend, we left Buddha, our cat, and our home at Elephant Rock and...

    Day 2

    Day 02 - Monday, September 10, 2018 - Arrive County Clare, Ireland; Transfer to Ennis; Welcome Dinner; Visit Irish Pub

    “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.” Irish Saying

    The Shannon flight left the gate at 10:05 pm. It was still raining, but not as...

    Day 3

    Day 03 - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - County Clare; Discover the Cliffs of Moher; Irish Music Lesson; Walking Tour of Innis; Enjoy Ireland's Musical Heritage

    Walls for the wind,

    And a roof for the rain,

    And drinks beside the fire -

    Laughter to cheer you

    And those you love...

    Day 4

    Day 04 - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - Optional Aran Islands Ferry Tour to Inis Oirr; Home-Hosted Dinner

    “If you ever go across the sea to Ireland

    Then maybe at the closing of your day

    You can sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh

    And see the sun go...

    Day 5

    Day 05 - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Galway Sports & Games; Walking Tour; Drive to Clifden

    “There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.” Irish Saying

    Today was a travel day; the temperature was 47 degrees with “light clouds”...

    Day 6

    Day 06 - Friday, September 14, 2018 - Visit Connemara; Walk the Marconi Bogs; Kylemore Estate & Abbey Tour; Area History Presentation

    “It is said that every seven years a white horse can be seen rising from the waters of the lake at Kylemore Abbey before racing off into the...

    Day 7

    Day 07 - Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Sheep Farm Visit; Visit Drumcliff; Overland to Donegal

    “When sheepdogs dream, they dream of sheep

    Circling around they sprint, then creep.

    Masters in charge of wooly flocks,

    They guide sheep home through fields and rocks.”

    By Mairéad

    Today was another travel day,...

    Day 8

    Day 08 - Sunday, September 16, 2018 - Visit St. John's Point & Hand Weaving; Travel to Fishing Port of Mullaghmore & Meet Fishermen on the Coast; Creevykeel Court Tomb

    “Tis better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money!” Irish Saying...

    Day 9

    Day 09 - Monday, September 17, 2018 - Optional Glenveagh National Park Tour Cancelled; Private Trip to Slieve League Cliffs

    “May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.” Irish...

    Day 10

    Day 10 - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - Motor to Derry, Northern Ireland; City Guide Tour; Visit Free Derry Museum; Late Afternoon at Leisure

    “May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.” Irish Toast

    The clouds were high, the temperature was 55...

    Day 11

    Day 11 - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - The Antrim Coast; Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge; Bushmills Distillery

    “The story goes that the Irish giant, Finn MacCool was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner.” And the tale of the Giant’s Causeway begins. Irish Myth

    A three-bus tour group was...

    Day 12

    Day 12 - Thursday, September 20, 2018 - Visit Giant's Causeway; Stop at the City of CarrickFergus; Drive to Belfast; Brief Bus Tour of the Capital

    “In every land, hardness is in the north of it, softness in the south, industry in the east, and fire and inspiration in the...

    Day 13

    Day 13 - Friday, September 21, 2018 - Explore Belfast in Black Taxi Cabs; Visit Peace Wall; Presentation & Panel Discussion on THE TROUBLES

    “Always remember to forget,

    The things that made you sad.

    But never forget to remember,

    The things that made you glad.”

    Irish Poem

    The weather was...

    Day 14

    Day 14 - Saturday, September 22, 2018 - Overland to Dublin, Ireland; Visit an Apple Orchard; Orientation Drive of Dublin

    “When the apple is ripe it will fall.” Irish Proverb

    All was quiet on the streets this morning after the celebrations last night. Today was our final travel day...

    Day 15

    Day 15 - Sunday, September 23, 2018 - Tour of Dublin; Easter Rebellion; General Post Office; Trinity College; Farewell Dinner; Irish Music & Dance

    “May you live as long as you want,

    And never want as long as you live.” Irish Blessing

    After breakfast at the hotel, we asked the...

    Day 16

    Day 16 - Monday, September 24, 2018 - Return to the U.S. - Flight at 12:25 PM

    “There is no fireside like your own fireside.” Irish Proverb

    After a good night’s sleep with dreams of Irish dancers, we had plenty of time to finish packing, have a little breakfast, and...

    Day 17

    Overseas Adventure Travel

    Irish Adventure: Belfast, Dublin & the Northwest Counties

    Thomas Deasy

    Trip Evaluation

    We have visited Ireland in 2003 and a more in depth trip in 2004 but had not visited the western portion and Dublin. Knowing the history of the potato famine beginning in 1845, this trip...

    Day 18

    Overseas Adventure Travel

    IRISH ADVENTURE: BELFAST, DUBLIN & THE NORTHWEST COUNTIES

    Hotel Evaluations

    Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis, Ireland

    https://www.templegatehotel.com/

    "QUITE NICE AND WELCOMING"

    LOCATION: Very centrally located. Within walking distance of main shopping and restaurants.

    RECEPTION: Accommodating, very helpful front desk, provided us with a good fan to air...

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