A Road Less Traveled Tour – 2018

HARRY O’DONOGHUE’S Ireland

A Road Less Traveled
July 18-26, 2018
$2,362.00 per person (land only)

Come enjoy the majesty and beauty of Ireland with Harry and Traci as they embark on yet another of their acclaimed ‘one of a kind’ Tours. This year we will visit Ireland’s rugged West Coast and North Midlands, from Bunratty in County Clare up through Galway, out along the Connemara coast and on to the pastoral midlands of Ireland. We’ll visit the towns of Galway, Roundstone, Cong, Roscommon, Carrick-on-Suir, Ballyjamesduff and more. We’ll enjoy a traditional evening in the Bunratty Corn Barn, dine in an Irish Country Manor, visit a working sheep farm and see the beautiful Cliffs of Moher. We’ll visit Coole Park, Strokestown House and famed bodhran maker Malachy Kearns and we’ll tour the last working coal mine in Ireland. We’ll bear witness to some beautiful Irish scenery and stay in finely appointed hotels. Along the way there will be time for some terrific photo ops and we will enjoy sing songs, inspiring moments and the easy pace and camaraderie that O’Donoghue Tours are well known for.

Activity Level: Moderate +         Group Size: 25-35

 TOUR INCLUDES

  • Exclusive transport by luxury air conditioned motor coach with Owen, our driver/guide
  • Six nights in luxury four star Irish Hotels.
  • Two nights is beautiful Kilronan Castle Hotel
  • Full Irish breakfasts daily (8)
  • Table d’hôte dinners (5)
  • Dinner in an Irish country estate.
  • Dinner and show in Bunratty Corn Barn
  • Visits and admission fees to:

Cliffs of Moher, Coole Park, Rathbaun Sheep Farm, Strokestown House, Roscommon Castle, Arigna Mining Experience, Boyle Abbey, Cavan County Museum.

(**Some visits may involve uneven walkways and steps.)

  • Hotel porterage, service charges and government taxes.
  • Gratuities to driver/guide.
  • Complimentary O’Donoghue back pack, luggage tag, map with highlighter and tour name tag.
  • Chilled bottled water on coach.

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare (Tour begins in Shannon on July 18 and ends at Dublin Airport on July 26)
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Single Supplement (limited) $675..00

 

Payment Schedule
Deposit $362.00 per person
Final payment due by April 18, 2018
Tour price based on double occupancy. 

For questions or information contact:

Harry @ 912-398-2276   or   Traci @ 912-220-9101

Email:  hodmusic@aol.com   or   todonoghue@aol.com             Website:  www.harryodonoghue.com

Itinerary

July 18.  A warm Irish ‘hello’ awaits you as our adventure begins in the lobby of The Bunratty Castle Hotel at 2.00PM. Shannon airport is just a short 15 minute drive from the hotel and is easily accessible by shuttle bus or taxi; however we do offer one transfer from Shannon airport to the hotel at 12.00PM. At the gathering we’ll introduce ourselves and embark on a scenic drive of the locale with a visit to Quin Abbey, built in the early 1400’s for the Franciscan order. We’ll arrive back to our hotel with ample time to relax and refresh before our dinner and entertainment evening in nearby Bunratty Castle.

The Bunratty Castle Hotel (B)

 

July 19. After breakfast this morning we will depart for our visit to the cliffs of Moher, located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region. They rise 390 ft. above the Atlantic Ocean and are the most visited natural attraction in Ireland. Spectacular on a sunny day, we will keep our fingers crossed for obliging weather. After our visit we will afford some time to stroll the picturesque market town of Ennis on the river Fergus. Tonight we’ll dine in an Irish Country Manor set amidst lush green fields and pastures.

The Bunratty Castle Hotel (B)

 

July 20. This morning after a delightful Irish breakfast we head north to Coole Park, the former estate of Lady Gregory and her family and now a nature reserve with walking trails and hikes. The grounds are open to all and there is a visitor centre with and audio visual on the history of Coole Park. On then to Rathbaun Farm, a working sheepfarm. Here Fintan will talk about his family history in agriculture, offer a sheepdog demonstration and shear a sheep. Francis will then treat us to tea and homemade scones. We continue on to    Galway, the City of Tribes, one of the most vibrant cities in Ireland. We’ll drive around town for an orientation. The Radisson Blu is a beautiful hotel in the centre of town and our home for the next three nights. We’ll dine here tonight, perhaps followed by a sing song from Harry.

The Radisson Blu Hotel (D,B)

 

July 21. Today is a free day. Enjoy a lie in, have a late breakfast, treat yourself to a spa day, browse around town or join us for a brisk early morning walk along the promenade to Salthill, overlooking Galway Bay. Should you care to join us after lunch, our coach offers a 1.00PM departure for the village of Cong in County Mayo and location of the 1951 movie The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. We’ll spend some time here before returning to Galway where you can enjoy dinner in a local fish ‘n chip shop, a fine dining restaurant or local pub. Music is to be found all over this city from street acts to traditional pub sessions to contemporary bands.

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo (B)

 

July 22. After a refreshing night’s sleep and a full breakfast we leave Galway and travel west along the coast to the village of Roundstone, overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean. Here we’ll visit the workshop of Malachy Kearns, famous bodhran maker. A demonstration on the making of this old instrument will be provided and perhaps we will lunch here. On our way back to Galway we will stop by Celtic Crystal, a family run business since 1972. Here we’ll see a workman in action engraving this beautiful product.  We’ll dine together again this evening.

The Radisson Blu Hotel (B) 

 

July 23.  This morning we’ll have a hearty Irish breakfast and leave Galway for the County Roscommon where we’ll pay a short visit to Roscommon Castle, a Norman built in 1269 on lands seized from the Augustinians. We continue on then to Strokestown Park House, a Georgian Palladian mansion preserved with its original furnishings and fabrics. The six acre walled gardens have been restored to their original splendor and give an insight into horticultural design and architecture from the 1740’s to the present day. The site is also home to The Irish National Famine Museum. Afterwards we will proceed to Kilronan Castle, our beautiful five star castle hotel. Situated on the shore of Lough Meelagh, this castle hotel enjoys 40 acres of beautiful parkland and boasts a world class Spa and Leisure centre. The ancestral home of the Tenison family, Kilronan Castle will be our home for two nights. We will dine in the hotel restaurant this evening.

Kilronan Castle Hotel (D,B) 

 

July 24. After breakfast this morning we depart for a visit to Arigna Mine, the last working coal mine in Ireland. Here we will enjoy a light and sound enhanced tour of an underground coal mine and a geology and history exhibition. Our tour continues to Boyle Abbey, an impressive and well preserved Cistercian Monastery which was founded in the 12th century under the patronage of the local ruling family, the MacDermotts.  After a full day we will return to Kilronan in the late afternoon to relax and refresh before dinner in the castle restaurant tonight.

Kilronan Castle Hotel (D,B)

 

July 25. Today begins with breakfast followed by our departure from Kilronan. We will pay a visit to the Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff. Housed in the former Convent of St. Clare it boasts some interesting exhibitions including the largest outdoor World War1 replica trench open to the public in Ireland. On then to the small town of Kells in County Meath. The monastery here was founded in 900 AD and many places of interest are associated with the old monastery. The Round tower of Kells and no less than five high crosses can still be seen today. Four of Kells’ high crosses and the round tower of Kells are in the churchyard of St Columba’s Church. The South Cross boasts some beautiful biblical engravings, The West Cross is known as the Broken Cross, the East cross is the Unfinished Cross and all that remains of the North Cross is its base. Near the church visitors will also find a smaller oratory with a stone roof, known as St. Colmcille’s House. On then to our hotel for dinner and a last get together.                                                                                                                               The City North Hotel. (D,B)   

 

July 26.. All too soon our Ireland adventure ends.  We will have an early morning transfer to Dublin Airport leaving you ample time for last minute duty free shopping, flight check in and United States Immigration. For those whose Irish adventure continues rental cars, shuttle bus service and connections are all available at Dublin airport.