03 Ireland - Coast to Coast
03 Ireland - Coast to Coast
03 Ireland - Coast to Coast
03 Ireland - Coast to Coast
03 Ireland - Coast to Coast
03 Ireland - Coast to Coast

Ireland - In the footsteps of Venerable Catherine McAuley

15-20 April 2018

from £699

Associates of the Sisters of Mercy U.K.

led by Rev. Canon Alan McLean (Chaplain of the Mercy Associates UK)

This tour will visit Coolock, Dublin, Tullamore, Birr, Trim, Clonmacnoise, Athlone, Knock & Westport

Return flights from Birmingham & London Gatwick with Aer Lingus 
(fly into Dublin Airport and return from Knock Ireland West Airport)

5 night / 6 day pilgrimage including return flights, half-board in 4 Star Hotels in Tullamore & Knock, all taxes & entry fees, Spiritual Director & full religious itinerary.

'Land only' rates also available!

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All about: Ireland - In the footsteps of Venerable Catherine McAuley

Canon Alan McLean & the Mercy Associates from throughout the Island of Britain invite you to join them on their first pilgrimage holiday to the Emerald Isle; the land of Venerable Catherine McAuley.

Despite a long pilgrim tradition and strong national reputation for spirituality, there was until relatively recently little footfall on Ireland’s ancient penitential paths with the country not regarded as an important destination for spirituality motivated travel.

Live through the medieval journeys in ancient monastic sites we visit and finish with heightened spirituality at the National Shrine or Our Lady of Knock - one of the most important Marian Pilgrimage destinations in the Christian world. 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour

Return flights from Gatwick with Aer Lingus (arrive into Dublin & depart from Knock)

15kg hold luggage & 10kg hand luggage per person
Luxury coach transfers throughout
5 Nights Half-Board accommodation in 4 Star Hotels in Tullamore & Knock
5 full buffet Irish breakfasts and 5 evening meals (4 course a la carte meals)
Free admission to leisure club and swimming pool in Tullamore Hotel
WiFi in both hotels
Full religious itinerary including daily celebration of Holy Mass
Fully escorted with guided visits as outlined in itinerary
Admission fees to the following:
  •    Visits to Mercy House in Coolock, Dublin Baggot Street, Tullamore & Birr
  •    Tullamore Whiskey Distillery
  •    Clonmacnoise Monastery
  •    Knock Shrines and guided visit for groups
Whats not included in this tour

Travel Insurance - We can include Travel Insurance in this package priced at £38.00. If you decide not to take our insurance, we will require the name of your chosen insurance company and the policy number. Your cover should, at least, be equivalent to that arranged by Us, so please check your policy carefully.

Single room supplements - £130
Lunch meals on Days 3, 4, 5 & 6
€10 compulsory Ireland West Airport development tax; payable upon departure from Knock Airport
Guarantee of Sunshine!! ;)


  1. Day 1 Sunday 24 September 2017
    Take the mid-morning Aer Lingus flight (from Birmingham at 08:10am & from Gatwick at 09:25am) to Dublin.

    Upon arrival you will be greeting by your Anam Cara guide.

    Transfer from Dublin Airport to The Mercy International Centre on Baggot Street, Dublin 2. Tea / coffee and scones will be served upon arrival for the Birmingham group followed by some free time in Dublin, awaiting the arrival of the London Group for celebration of Holy Mass at midday.

    Afternoon – After lunch, the group will enjoy a guided visit of the centre. After an opportunity for photos, we transfer to the 4* Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore in County Offaly (1h30min transfer). Check-in for 3 night’s. Relax with a 4 course á la carte meal.

    Check-in for 3 nights. Relax with a 4 course á la carte meal.

    Included meals: Lunch & 4-course dinner
  2. Day 2 Monday 25 September 2017
    After a hearty Irish buffet breakfast and a relaxing morning, we will walk the short distance from our hotel to the Parish Chapel of the Assumption in Tullamore, where we will celebrate Holy Mass.

    After Mass, the group will visit St Joseph’s Convent of Mercy; established by Sr. Catherine in 1836.

    Afternoon – free time for lunch in one of the numerous restaurants in Tullamore before we continue to the birthplace of Tullamore Whiskey for a guided visit to the Distillery with tasting. Then back to the comfort of the hotel for a 4 course á la carte meal.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & 4-course dinner
  3. Day 3 Tuesday 26 September 2017

    After breakfast, depart for the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Here you will enjoy a guided visit one of Ireland’s most famous attractions! The Rock of Cashel also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock, was the seat of the Ancient High Kings of Ireland and a monastic complex. Tradition tells us that St. Patrick preached on the Rock and converted the King of Munster to Christianity during the 5th Century. The picturesque complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe!

    The group will celebrate Holy Mass in Cashel before continuing onwards to Thurles town for lunch (not included).

    Afternoon - return to Tullamore for a guided visit of the Whiskey Distillery with tasting. Then back to the comfort of the hotel for a 4-course evening meal.

    Included meals: Breakfast & 4-course dinner

  4. Day 4 Wednesday 27 September 2017

    After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and transfer to Clonmacnoise Monastery. This early Christian site was founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of early Christian grave-slabs in Western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of grave-slabs are on display in the visitor centre. The long and varied history of Clonmacnoise is recounted in an audiovisual presentation shown in the centre. Depending on the weather, the group will celebrate Holy Mass in an open-air oratory.

    After Mass, we continue to Athlone Town, the capital of the Midlands. Some free time for lunch and shopping in Athlone before we continue onwards to Claremorris. Here we check-in to 4* McWilliam Park Hotel for 2 nights. Relax in the hotel pool & spa area before enjoying a 4 course á la carte meal in hotel restaurant.

    Included meals: Breakfast & 4-course dinner

  5. Day 5 Thursday 28 September 2017

    After breakfast, transfer to Ballintubber Abbey for Mass.

    Located on the shores of Lough Carra, with the Partry Mountains as the backdrop, this area is steeped in history and is the subject of ongoing excavation for archaeologists from all over the world. Known locally as the Abbey that refused to die; Holy Mass has been celebrated here every day for over 780 years! Founded in 1216 by King Cathal O’Connor, it's the only Royal Abbey in Ireland still in use.

    Scenic drive to the beautiful Atlantic coastal town of Westport. Free time to explore the many shops, pubs and enjoy some lunch (perhaps the famous seafood!). Then onwards to the pilgrimage mountain of Croagh Patrick, overlooking Clew Bay. A short climb to the base of the mountain offers a panoramic view of the bay. A Pagan festival was held here every year by our megalithic ancestors. Tradition tells us that St. Patrick came to Ireland in 441AD and spent time on this mountain praying and converting, hence the pagan festival was transformed into a Christian one. Since then people have been following in the footsteps of St. Patrick climbing the mountain. Instead of the climb, why not relax with a drink in the pub at the base of the mountain.

    We return to our Hotel in for evening meal and craic! 

    Included meals: Breakfast & 4 course dinner

  6. Day 6 Friday 29 September 2017

    After a hearty Irish buffet breakfast, we check-out of the hotel and take a short coach transfer to the Irish National Shrine of Knock. We start with a brief guided visit to the Sanctuary, where on the evening of the 21 August 1879, 15 people witnessed an apparition of Our Lady, Saint Joseph and Saint John the Evangelist at the south gable end of the local parish church. Behind them and a little to the left of Saint John was a plain altar with a cross and a lamb (a traditional image of Jesus) with adoring angels. After some private time for prayers in the Apparition Chapel, we will celebrate our closing Mass for this pilgrimage.

    Free time for lunch in Café Le Cheile & perhaps a visit to the museum before our transfer to Knock Airport 

    The return flight to London Gatwick will depart at 7:55 pm

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