2023 Tour Includes:
- NEW! Arrive at DUBLIN Airport by 8am and we'll pick you up!
- 2 Nights in Kilkenny
- 2 Nights in Dingle
- 3 Nights in Killarney
- 1 Night in Dublin
- Final night in Dublin (for AM departure)
- Daily Full Irish breakfast at each hotel
- 4 Hotel Dinners
- Paid admissions to all touring sites
- Daily doses of harp & trad music!
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Driver/Guide Seamus Buckley
See our 2019 tour travelog. It's Ireland! There's plenty of history, breathtaking scenery and there will be plenty of traditional music! Here is our proposed route and some of the highlights along the route. Sightseeing events are subject to change, depending on weather and a variety of other unanticipated factors.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL: March 12
You arrive and Meet up with us at DUBLIN Airport by 8am. (We originally had this as Shannon but the number of flights there unfortunately were cut.) If you want to do an early arrival (many are to avoid flight reschedule issues & jet lag) we recommend staying at The Grand in Malahide, just a 10-minute cab ride from the airport.
- We'll stop for a bit of refreshment en route to Kilkenny and our most excellent coach driver Seamus will help us unwind from the flight with some from-the-coach sightseeing.
- We start the tour in Ireland's Ancient East with our stay in the 800-year old town, Kilkenny with its famous Medieval Mile, including of course a visit to the Medieval Mile Museum. Our hotel is a 10-minute stroll from the center of town. You can amble down its narrow streets and take in Kilkenny Castle, the Black Abbey, and the 12th century St. Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower.
- We'll have a lovely dinner at the hotel followed by an evening concert and session with Grainne Hambly to kick-off our tour's series of daily doses of music.
DAY 2: March 13
- We're heading to Tipperary (it's not that long a way!) and we'll stop in at the Tipperary County Library in Thurles to see the 17th century O'Fogarty Harp, which is still owned by the descendants of Cornelius O'Fogharty, who played it.
- We're working on doing some wire-strung harp-centric activities, including our special guest, noted wire-strung harper Siobhan Armstrong.
DAY 3: March 14
Dingle Benners Hotel
- The charming town of Dingle looks out over Dingle Bay to the Blasket Islands. You'll enjoy walks through town and there'll be plenty of music on in the run-up to St. Patrick's Day in the various pubs.
- Dinner at the hotel. Daily dose of music with Deirdre & Aoife Granville.
DAY 4: March 15
- Guided tour of scenic Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula for stunning views of the Wild Atlantic Way. We make a tour stop at The Blasket Islands Heritage Centre, which tells the story and struggle of the harsh island life in the Blaskets and their unique cultural legacy. You'll get an undertanding of how people lived on the most westerly point in Europe. (Sightseeing events are subject to change, depending on weather and a variety of other unanticipated factors.)
- Our daily dose of music: to be determined.
DAY 5: March 16 in KILLARNEY
We leave after breakfast and head to Killarney.
After checking into our hotel in the afternoon, you'll be able to explore the charming town of Killarney on your own and grab a meal with your new-found tour friends. You can opt to stop into the Killarney Harps workshop and visit with harpmaker Tim O'Carroll.
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DAY 6: March 17 ST. PATRICK'S DAY in KILLARNEY
There's nothing like being in Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! We have a special treat planned. Our little tour group will carry a banner and march in Killarney's St. Patrick's Day parade to great fanfare. This will be a really fun event for everyone! Our daily dose of music will be all around us during the parade.
DAY 7: March 18
We'll be touring around stupendous and scenic Ring of Kerry, getting in some stops at historic Ross Castle (of course we can't miss a castle!) and Muckross House & Gardens, which stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney's three lakes, famed world wide for their splendour and beauty.
DAY 8: March 19 Final Day in Dublin
The Ashling Hotel
To break up our trip to Dublin, we'll be stopping at the iconic Rock of Cashel, sometimes called St. Patrick's rock. It was originally the seat of the kings of Munster, including Brian Boru who was crowned there in 978. It's historical significance cannot be underplayed!
- We're going to the Barracks, National Museum, but unfortunately we've had to shelve seeing the historic harps of Ireland--which are in storage. We're still going there but we just can't gain access to the harps!
- Whatever time left on your own to explore Dublin
- Dinner at the hotel and final get-together with our touring buddies
- Early morning trip to Dublin airport for departures
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We encourage the players coming on this tour to bring their fiddles, flutes, tinwhistles, concertina and other trad instruments easily gotten on a plane. Don't worry harpers! We'll be arranging to have harps waiting for us in Ireland! We'll have to share but you will be able to get in some playing while you're there.
Gráinne Hambly & William Jackson and Kathy DeAngelo & Dennis Gormley will be our resident, lead musicians.
Guest Musicians we've lined up so far: Deirdre & Aoife Granville in Dingle, Siobhan Armstrong in Kilkenny. More to follow.