Irish Culture, Language & Heritage
Ireland has a long enchanting history and rich tradition which it has carefully preserved to this day. Serving perfectly as an educational trip for school or college groups, or a specialised tour for those with a special interest in cultural, linguistic and historical aspects of the Irish heritage, this insightful itinerary allows you to explore the warm and inviting culture of Ireland.
Guided by experts, embark on a spiritual journey through the ancient Celtic heritage. Visit early Christian pilgrim sites, explore remote offshore islands and travel along unique rugged coastlines. Take part in the well-preserved Irish tradition of music, song and dance in the most beautiful locations on the island and experience first-hand one of the most popular and distinctly Irish aspects of the country’s culture.
» Giant’s Causeway
» Dunluce Castle
» Armagh & Navan Centre
» Solas Bhride
» Aran Islands
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Irish traditions and values are deeply rooted in our business and the type of travel experience that Joe Walsh Tours provides. We are extremely proud of our Irish heritage and passion for our native island is reflected in every mile travelled and every story told by our guides. We are delighted to share our knowledge and love of Ireland with our visitors and very happy to welcome you to the Emerald Isle.
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- Currency: Euro (€, EUR)
- Local time: GMT
- Airports: Dublin (DUB); Cork (ORK); Shannon (SNN); Knock (NOC)
- Languages: English is the official language with some areas also speaking Irish
- Climate: Ireland has a moderate climate influenced by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream and the winds of the Atlantic Ocean. Summed up as moist and mild, the weather is very changeable with high levels of rainfall and a lack of extreme temperatures
- Voltage: 230V A/C. Frequency 50hz. The most common plug is the 13 amp three-pin plug, power socket type G. You can use your electric appliances in Ireland, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220V - 240V (as in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100V - 127V (as in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you will need a power converter.
- Visa: not required for EU citizens; nationals of other countries are advised to check with the relevant authorities
- Passport: EU passport holders travelling to Ireland must have an up-to-date passport valid for travel six months beyond the date of return; nationals of other countries are advised to check with the relevant authorities.
Transport & Accommodation
- Flight from your home airport to Ireland
- Transfer on arrival from the airport to your hotel with guide assistance
- Hotel accommodation in Ireland for the selected number of nights
- Meals served each day as per agreed itinerary
- Transfer from your hotel to Airport for return flight
- Direct flight from Ireland to your home airport
- Luxury air-conditioned coach for all transfers and tours
- Assistance of Joe Walsh Tours guides and representatives throughout the pilgrimage and at airports
Tours & Excursions
- Tours and excursions organised by Joe Walsh Tours
- Full services of Joe Walsh Tours guides and representatives throughout the tour
- DAY 1: Day of Arrival
On our arrival we will travel to our accommodation at Corrymeela Community in Ballycastle. Corrymeela is a warm, welcoming place located on the picturesque slopes of Knocklayd Mountain. Set in a beautiful garden, the house and annex are ideal locations for reflection and relaxation. Founded in 1965, Corrymeela’s objective has always been and continues to be promoting reconciliation and peace-building through the healing of social, religious and political divisions in Northern Ireland. Overnight in Corrymeela.
- DAY 2: Corrymeela – Centre for Peace & Reconciliation
Today we will be with the community in Corrymeela to learn about the Peace and Reconciliation process in Ireland. Overnight in Corrymeela.
- DAY 3: The North Coast Giants Causeway & Dunluce Castle
Today we are in Corrymeela. Overnight in Corrymeela Centre.
- DAY 4: Armagh & the Navan Centre
We travel to Armagh, the City of St. Patrick and the spiritual capital of Ireland. We meet Rev. Grace Clunie, who will introduce the whole topic of the distinct nature of Celtic Prayer & Spirituality. We will visit the Navan Centre to visit a replica of a village house, an experience that brings the whole era of St. Patrick to life. After this we will travel to our accommodation in the Emmaus Centre Dublin where we will enjoy dinner. Overnight in Dublin.
- DAY 5: Glendalough
This morning we travel to Glendalough, the setting of some of Ireland’s most important monastic settlements. We will visit the visitor’s center and see a film, “Ireland of the Monasteries” which will give us a brief history of the Glendalough. We will then meet Fr. Michael Rodgers who returned to Ireland after twenty years missionary service. He will lead us on a spiritual journey along his Pilgrims’ walk through St. Kevin’s Monastic City and then take the Pilgrims’ Way to the upper lake and visit the remains of St. Kevin’s Cell and the Reefert Church, and gaze across the lake to see St. Kevin’s Bed and the ruins of Tempall na Skellig “Church on the rock”. Overnight in Dublin.
- DAY 6: Solas Bhride (Brigid’s light/flame), Kildare
This morning we will travel to Solas Bhride (Brigid’s light/flame) a small Christian Centre, which focuses on St. Brigid and Celtic Spirituality. Here we meet with one of the Sisters and we will “Walk in the footsteps of St. Brigid”, a pilgrim journey to the sites around Kildare town associated with St. Brigid. On this journey you will be invited to; get in touch with your own inner journey, reflect, linger for a while, be still, walk close to the earth and encounter the legends of Brigid and see how they are still relevant today. We will continue to Galway for our overnight stay. This evening we will enjoy a dinner cruise on board the Corrib Princess. Departing from the pier at Woodquay in Galway city centre, passengers will enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and the lake as we cruise Lough Corrib. The "Corrib Princess’’ has comfortable indoor table seating, top deck seating and there is a full bar on board. The evening will continue with entertainment from Carmel Dempsey who is a well-known musician and singer from Galway who has toured all over the world and has played support to Leo Sayer and Meatloaf. Her repertoire aims to please all age groups from the Rock ‘n’ Roll of the 60's to the pop standards of the 90's. Carmel is famous for her lively personality and success at encouraging audience participation. Carmel will be joined on board by Brenda Curtin. Brenda was one of the soloists from Michael Flatley’s world-renowned Lord of The Dance Show. Our talented Irish dancer will amaze the audience with her performance. Overnight in Galway.
- DAY 7: Aran of The Saints
“No angel who ever came to Ireland to help Gael or Gall returned to Heaven without first visiting Aran, and if people understood how greatly the Lord loves Aran they would all come there to partake of its blessings.” Cormac mac Cuilennáin, King-Bishop of Cashel, died 908 AD. This morning we will depart to the the ferry port of Rossaveal. We will hire bicycles and join our local Aran Islands guide Cyril O’Flaherty, who will show us his island, “An island where history meets myth and myth meets magic”. We visit Arkyne’s castle, built during Cromwellian persecutions in the 16th century. We see a Round Tower, Holy Wells and a Celtic Cross. We will also visit Teampal Benan, a hermit’s oratory and beehive hut. After lunch we make our way to the mosatic site of Teampall Ciaran (who later founded the monastery of Clonmacnoise) where we complete the traditional rounds (a walking around in prayer) of the well of St. Ciaran.
We will also meet Padraigin Clancy who will give us intriguing information regarding the history and culture of these Islands. Padraigin has lectured extensively and has facilitated retreats and seminars throughout Ireland, appearing frequently on Irish national radio and television. Originally drawn to the Island by her studies, she has made it her home since 1990. In that time she has documented an extensive collection of Irish folklore and cultural history. Overnight on the Aran Islands.
- DAY 8: Cultural Workshop on the Aran Islands
This morning we will visit Dun Aengus, the bronze-age promontory fort, perched dramatically on the edge of a sheet 300 ft cliff that falls away into the Atlantic Ocean. Altogether this massive fortress covers almost 11 acres and consists of three enclosures constructed of large limestone. We will visit “Na Seacht dTeampaill” the Seven Churches which make up a monastic settlement dedicated to St. Brecan. The Aran Islands has a rich tradition of music, song, dance and story-telling which are very unique and one of the great pleasures of the region. This afternoon we will participate in a variety of cultural workshops and master classes delivered by local experts. You will learn a Séan Nos dance which is an older style of traditional solo Irish dance. It is a casual dance form, as opposed to the more formal competition-oriented form. A local Sean-nós dancer will teach you some of the steps. After the dancing you will enjoy an introduction to spoken Gaelic. A local Irish scholar will teach you some basic Irish phrases and will intrigue you with her story telling of old traditions and myths from this area. Overnight on the Aran Islands.
- DAY 9: Dublin Trinity College Book of Kelly National Gallery and National Museum
This morning we will depart the Aran Islands and travel to Ireland’s capital, Dublin, where we will visit Trinity College to see the magnificent Old Library and the 1200 year old Book of Kells, the beautifully illuminated version of the Gospels, designed by monks in the 9th century. In the afternoon we are free for some time to explore the city at leisure, shop or visit the National Gallery or the National Museum which houses a rich collection of Irish antiquities from the prehistoric times to the end of the medieval period. We will have some free time for shopping before we depart to our hotel at the airport. Overnight in Clarion Hotel Dublin airport.
- DAY 10: Day of Departure
We will transfer by coach to the Dublin airport for our return flight home.
- Travel insurance €29 per person (conditions apply); please note that there is an additional insurance premium of €29 for persons aged 86 to 94 years