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Boston Gathering II

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All the best,

P, Boston Gathering II, June 2015

For all that you did... THANK YOU. The trip was wonderful and exceeded my expectations.

S, Boston Gathering II, June 2015

Dear Ann,

I just wanted to thank you for our wonderful trip to Ireland. I am sure you, Crystal Travel and Richie Gormley worked tirelessly to organize our venture. All the hotels were wonderful and the food was excellent!

It was a very nice group of different personalities and everyone got along well. Father Nolan was a nice addition to our trip. He is such a funny man. Of course we will never forget mass at Knock. That was so special!


Mary, Boston Gathering II, June 2015

Dear Ann,

Thank you so much for sending me the pictures you took of our trip to Ireland. You're a great photographer and the pictures are a wonderful remembrance of the trip. It was so thoughtful of you to put them all on a CD for us. Thanks again and have a wonderful summer.


K, Boston Gathering II, June 2015


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Boston Gathering II

May 27 – June 5, 2015


With Lord Mayor of West Roxbury Richie Gormley
and Rev. Peter Nolan, Irish Holy Ghost Father

Join the Lord Mayor of West Roxbury Richie Gormley on a 9 Day/8 night tour of Ireland. Depart Boston on Wednesday, May 27th and return Friday, June 5th. Tour price is only $2,799 per person based on double occupancy and includes airfare, luxury coach with tour/guide, 8 nights’ accommodation with 15 meals, entry to some amazing attractions and experiences exclusive to this tour. Richie ran a similar tour in 2013 to celebrate the year of The Gathering in Ireland and it was a huge success.

Richie thatching his ancestral home at Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon

*Final itinerary may be subject to small changes but will not affect the overall quality of the trip.



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Day 1: Wed, May 27 – The Journey Begins

Depart Boston Logan with Delta Air Lines for your overnight flight to Shannon via New York JFK. Dinner served on board.

Day 2: Thurs, May 28 – Adare Village & Killarney

This morning you will arrive in Shannon Airport where you will be met by your driver/guide and accompanied to the coach. From Shannon you will travel via Limerick to Killarney. Stop in Adare village for lunch and see the famous Adare Manor. The local Heritage Centre gives a deep insight into the history of the village and also hosts a number of craft shops and a restaurant. Continue to Killarney and check in to your hotel.

The balance of the evening will be yours to explore this charming town or to relax. The incredibly beautiful surrounding countryside makes this vibrant little town a very special place. Dinner in the evening is at your hotel.

Overnight at Arbutus Hotel Killarney

Day 3: Fri, May 29 – West Cork

This morning we will get an early start to tour West Cork. Drive through Kenmare and tour the Beara Peninsula before lunch in Glengarriff. The Beara Peninsula is steeped in myths and legends. The mountains and valleys are rich in archaeological sites such as stone circles, wedge graves and other relics from the past.

There are scenic lakes cradled by gorgeous mountains and a rugged coastline. Arrive back in Killarney where you will have the balance of the evening free to do as you please until it is time for dinner is at your hotel.

Overnight at Arbutus Hotel Killarney

Day 4: Sat, May 30 – Cliffs of Moher & Westport

Today you leave Killarney and make the long journey to Westport. To shorten driving time and give you an early opportunity to stretch your legs, take the ferry across the mouth of the River Shannon. Continue up along the Wild Atlantic way from here through Miltown Malbay towards the Cliffs of Moher.

The mighty cliffs tower over the Atlantic Ocean as waves crash against it. Spend an hour here in the majesty of the cliffs before making the very short journey to Doolin for lunch. From Doolin, it is about 2.5 hours to your hotel in Westport where you will dine tonight. The night is yours to explore the town on foot.

Overnight at Castlecourt Hotel Westport

Day 5: Sun, May 31 – Mass at Knock & Achill Island

Sleep in this morning as it is Sunday before getting breakfast at the hotel and getting on the bus. It is 45 minutes to Knock where you will attend 12 noon mass celebrated by Fr. Peter Nolan C. S. Sp. Following mass you can explore the grounds and the town itself and get some lunch. From here you go to Achill Island for the afternoon.

Lashed by the ocean, carved by the wind and swept by the rain, Achill is one of Ireland's most spectacular and beautiful places. Achill's rugged landscape features dramatic cliffs, soaring mountains, remote lakes and secluded beaches. The imprint of past generations is everywhere on Achill, from megalithic tombs to ancient forts, historic churches to deserted villages. Dinner is at your hotel.

Overnight at Castlecourt Hotel Westport

Day 6: Mon, June 27 – Galway City

Today you leave Westport for the heart of Ireland – Athlone. You will take the route that brings you through Galway city where you will stop off for a few hours after the bus driver takes you on a quick tour of the city itself.

Take your time to do some shopping as you amble down the very aptly named Shop St from Eyre Square. There are endless options for lunch in the city, so don’t be shy. After a few hours in the city, board the bus again for the quick spin to your hotel in Athlone. Dinner is at your hotel.

Overnight at Hodson Bay Hotel, Co. Roscommon

Day 7: Tue, June 2 – Viking River Cruise & Lecarrow

This morning we take a cruise down the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland on a Viking ship before going to Lecarrow. You will follow a Garda (police) escort to the homestead of Lord Mayor Richie Gormley. Here you will enjoy a cookout, sheep shearing and entertainment at Richie’s farm.

Return to Athlone by bus stopping at Kelly’s and Coffey’s pubs and see the Brigadier General William J. Gormley Public Bench in Lecarrow. Spend the evening in Athlone where dinner will be served at Shamrock Lodge Hotel tonight.

Overnight at Hodson Bay Hotel, Co. Roscommon

Day 8: Wed, June 3 – Drive to Dublin & Merry Ploughboy

Leave Athlone this morning to drive to Dublin where your first stop will be Dáil Éireann, the home of the Irish Parliament. There you will be met by a dignitary for a group tour of the houses of parliament and a special presentation of two flags (a City of Boston flag and a US flag that was flown over the White House in Washington DC) will be made by Lord Mayor Richie Gormley.

Following this you will go to the Genealogical Society of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire for a special reception. This evening you will take in dinner and a show at Merry Ploughboy. This involves a rip roaring evening of traditional Irish song and dance accompanied by a great selection of quality Irish food to delight your pallet.

Overnight at Radisson St. Helen’s Dublin

Day 9: Thurs, June 4 – Explore Dublin

This morning will be a free morning to allow you to do your own thing. After the late night last night some people may wish to sleep in while others may wish to go for a walk near their hotel or explore Dublin. You will go to The Congregation of the Holy Spirit C. S. Sp. in Kimmage at mid day for a tour and meet-and-greet. On the way back in the afternoon, pay a visit to the Guinness Storehouse as a group.

This historical building is central to Dublin's and Ireland's heritage, and the seven floors bring to life the rich heritage of Guinness, telling the story from its origins at St. James's Gate in Dublin to its growth as a global brand, known all around the world. The balance of the evening is yours and dinner is at your leisure.

Overnight at Radisson St. Helen’s Dublin

Day 10: Fri, June 5 – Return Home

After breakfast and our farewells, we make the short trip to Dublin Airport for our return flight to Boston via New York JFK on Delta Air Lines.

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