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Hosted By: Dave Eichorn
Retired NewsChannel 9 Meteorologist
Experience the storied culture, ancient history, natural beauty, and warm hospitality of Ireland. Begin with a guided tour of Dublin, Ireland’s capital. Explore the ancient monastery site at Clonmacnoise and sample fresh scones and tea at Connolly’s Rathbaun Farm. In Connemara, walk the gorgeous, green riverside gardens of Kylemore Abbey and visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory. Take in the beauty of the famous Cliffs of Moher and be delighted at a medieval banquet. We enjoy traditional music and dance at Kate Kearney’s Cottage and relax on a scenic ride around the Ring of Kerry. We also visit the famous Blarney Castle, stunning Rock of Cashel, and Kilkenny Castle on the River Nord.
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August 23rd, 2023 - September 1st, 2023
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Final Payment Date: 05/20/2023
Day 1 : Fly to Ireland
Our journey to the Emerald Isle begins with a pleasant overnight flight to Dublin.
Day 2 : Dublin
This lively modern city is brimming with historic landmarks and Georgian-style buildings. We view Dublin’s highlights including a guided visit through Christ Church Cathedral. We end our first exciting day on the Emerald Isle at our beautiful hotel.
Day 3 : Clonmacnoise
We travel west this morning to Clonmacnoise. This beloved ancient monastic site, with its remains of nine churches, a round tower, and high Celtic Crosses, was long a major center of religion and education and drew scholars from all over Europe. It’s truly a magical place with a scenic setting on the River Shannon. Later, experience authentic Irish hospitality at Connolly’s Rathbaun Farm. Here, sheep graze the fields and the fragrance of home-baked scones and a peat fire fill the air. We visit with our hosts Frances and Fintan in their charming thatched cottage and sample freshly baked scones with a pot of Irish tea.
Day 4 : Kylemore Abbey
We begin the day at the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory where Celtic motifs are expertly cut into colored crystal. Then, enjoy the opulent canvas of Connemara, dense with gleaming rivers and lakes, stunning coastal views, and rugged rock formations. Later, stroll the vibrant gardens and neo-Gothic Church of Kylemore Abbey, home to a Benedictine Community of Nuns since World War I. Back in Galway this evening, take in some local culture by stepping into the city’s lively entertainment scene.
Day 5 : Cliffs of Moher
Our scenic morning drive takes us into the otherworldly beauty of the Burren in County Clare. Here, limestone has eroded over the ages to form moonscape patterns called karren. Next, we stop at the Cliffs of Moher. This mighty coastal wall, extending five miles along the coast and plunging 700 feet to the sea, once gave assurance to World War II pilots that they had reached European shores. Later, we explore Ireland’s heritage at the folk park of Bunratty. Life in old Ireland comes alive during this evening’s merrymaking at a Medieval Castle Banquet!
Day 6 : Killarney
Today begins in Adare, often called Ireland’s prettiest village with its thatched cottages and beautiful stone buildings. We spend the next two nights in Killarney, a vibrant little town surrounded by incredibly beautiful countryside. Later we enjoy a traditional jaunting cart tour of Killarney National Park. Tonight, our cultural experience continues with traditional Irish folk music and dancing at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. We always receive a hearty welcome when we walk through the doors of this 150-year-old family-run establishment.
Day 7 : Ring of Kerry
We spend today savoring one of Ireland’s most scenic drives, the Ring of Kerry. Undulating hills, rugged mountains draped with green forest, shimmering lakes, emerald valleys, dramatic seascapes, and quaint villages all mark an unforgettable day. This evening is free to explore Killarney.
Day 8 : Blarney Stone
Day 9 : Kilkenny
We start the day at Kilkenny Castle. This palace was originally built to guard against crossings of the River Nore in the 13th century. Explore the medieval city’s narrow winding streets at leisure, then visit the National Design & Craft Center or enjoy lunch at a local pub. We return to Dublin for our special Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.
Day 10 : Fly Home
We fly home from Dublin with wonderful memories of the Emerald Isle.
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Dave is a retired Meteorologist with over 30 years of experience. He has won awards for severe weather coverage of the superstorm of March 1993, Hurricane Gloria, and for educating the public in the science of Meteorology.
He has a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from SUNY Empire State College and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. While working on his master’s degree, he developed climate science courses for SUNY ESF under a NASA grant.
He is a full member of the American Meteorological Society. He also has a specialized background in meso-scale (small scale) atmospheric modeling and lake effect snow forecasting.
In his retirement Dave’s woodworking hobby has evolved into a small furniture making business using rare and beautiful wood.
Join Dave and NewsChannel 9 viewers on this wonderful vacation.
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