Sacred Spaces Tour of Ireland
August 1 – 12, 2017
$500 deposit due March 10 | Limited space
Land of a Thousand Welcomes . . .
Ireland is calling — the land of lush green hills, cragged mountains, a wild and compassionate Christian history, rich literary traditions, and sacred, mysterious spaces. The Emerald Isle remains one of the most welcoming and beautiful countries in the world!
And this August 1 – 12, 2017, Rev. Tom McDermott will lead our church in a “Sacred Spaces Tour of Ireland.” Together we will explore the mystical and wondrous sites of St. Kevin, the Wicklow Hills, Dublin, Belfast, the Giant’s Causeway, County Donegal, castles and labyrinths, and so much more!
This will be an amazing trip, with up-close-and-personal experiences you’ll only get on a unique journey like this one! Here’s the information:
Once arriving at the Dublin International Airport we’ll head an hour or so south to the Wicklow Hills for a two-day/two-night stay at Glendalough Hotel in the mountains of St. Kevin’s home (an ancient Celtic Christian monastic site). The hiking is easy and the view is stunning (not to mention the deeper surprises of this place!). We’ll then spend a couple of days/nights in historic Dublin (next to St. Stephen’s Green in the heart of the city). Then a couple of days in Clones, Ireland, on the Northern Ireland border, where we’ll explore the historic conflict between Northern Ireland and Britain (“The Troubles”) and build an International Peace Labyrinth. The remaining six days/nights will include a tour through historic/sacred sites in Northern Ireland (the Giant’s Causeway, the Titanic Museum, the Celtic saints of Northern Ireland), then the Derry Hills, the land of William Butler Yeats, a day/night’s stay at the 5-star Lough Eske Castle in Donegal, Ireland, and much more before returning to Dublin! See the links below for more detailed information!
Co-leading this tour with Rev. Tom McDermott will be International Labyrinth builder/storyteller Jay Stailey and our local Irish host/tour guide, international storyteller and author Batt Burns. We’ll have entertainment with traditional storytellers and musicians throughout the trip as well as lots of free time (and certainly some local pub time — where the Irish “Craic” and traditional music is always welcoming and great fun!).
* Deposit checks should be made out to First United Methodist Church with “Sacred Spaces Ireland Tour” designated in the memo line.