State Police 2014

I have worked with Crystal Travel since 1999 to manage my groups of police officers and their families in the planning and organizing of our trips to march in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in various towns in Ireland. Starting with a group of 26 troopers and their families in 1999, the trips have been such a success that our trip in 2016 had to be capped at 120.

Jim, Paddy and the staff at Crystal Travel have done a fantastic job in handling all the arrangements, including flights, transfers, hotels and sightseeing. Our group now consists of state and local police officers from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine, along with their families. The work and care that the staff at Crystal Travel put in to my trips is exceptional, they are a big part of the reason that my group wants to return every year.

- Michael O’Connor, Massachusetts State Police


I went on vacation, some stress to release
A nine day trip to Ireland with the Mass State Police
The first night was great, I’d even say it was grand
As we sat down to listen to Zac Brown and his band

In the days that followed there was plenty to see
House of Waterford Crystal and Jameson Distillery
Marched in the parade, a sight to behold
The experience itself was more precious than gold

Blarney castle was lovely, the stone we all kissed
And of all people, it’s the GARDA we’ll miss.
We spent time with new friends each day that passed
I didn’t want to go home, I wished it would last

The final day came and we boarded the bus
Headed for Aer Lingus without any fuss
Now we are home and with all that we’ve seen
All I can say is CAN'T WAIT FOR 2016!

- Denise Ezekiel – MA State Police, 2014

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