Day 1 - 9th August 2018
16.30hrs check-in at Newark airport for overnight United Airlines flight to Shannon departing at 19.35.
Day 2 - 10th August 2018
07.00 arrive in Shannon. Meet driver and guide and drive to the mighty Cliffs of Moher towering 700 feet above sea-level. Continue across the Burren to Galway. See the Spanish Arch, Eyre Square, Salmon Weir and visit Galway Cathedral for Mass. Check into our hotel in Galway for 2 nights, bed & breakfast.
Day 3 - 11th August 2018
Morning drive to Knock, Irelands premier Marian Shrine. Visit the Basilica and Apparition Chapel, where Our Blessed Lady appeared in 1879, along with St Joseph, St John, and Jesus in the form of the Lamb of God.Drive to the famous Ballintubber Abbey for Mass and tour of the Abbey. Continue via Westport to Croagh Patrick a pilgrimage mountain where St Patrick fasted for 40 days, for a short walk up to the statue.Drive to Attymass, birthplace of Fr Patrick Peyton the Rosary Priest. Tour of the house and enjoy some tea and homemade scones. Return to Hotel in Galway
Day 4 - 12th August 2018
This morning we drive to Bunratty Castle and visit the Folk Park. Travel via Limerick to the quaint little town of Adare where we celebrate Mass and admire the local thatched cottages. Continue through Killarney and Molls Gap, to Kenmare. Check into the Kenmare Bay Hotel, for 7 nights bed & breakfast.
Day 5 - 13th August 2018
Full day tour to Killarney. Returning via Molls Gap, Ladies View, Torc Waterfall, Muckross House & Gardens, and Ross Castle, we arrive in the town of Killarney. Celebrate Mass in the Cathedral. Enjoy a traditional Jaunting Cart trip through Killarney National Park to the famous Lakes of Killarney for a pleasant boat trip.Evening return to Kenmare.
Day 6 - 14th August 2018
This morning we drive to Port Magee and take the 9 mile boat trip to Skellig Michael. On this Rock there are the ruins of an early Christian Monastery, Beehive Cells, Burial Enclosures and Stone Crosses.N.B. we view the sites from the boat as we circle the island, as this is not a landing tour. On our return, we drive via Derrynane House, birthplace of Daniel OConnell, the Liberator. Continue through Caherdaniel to Sneem, where we celebrate Mass. Return to Kenmare.
Day 7 - 15th August 2018
Full day to relax, explore the town of Kenmare, enjoy a game of golf, ramble or cycle in the mountains.
Day 8 - 16th August 2018
Full day tour to the Dingle Peninsula. Driving through Killorglin we remember the annual Puck Fair and at Inch Strand, we remember the scene from Ryans Daughter. Travel through Dingle and Ventry, where we see a number of Beehive Stone Huts, to Slea Head where we can view the great Blasket Island. Drive through Dunquin and Ballyferriter a Gaelic speaking area to Gallarus Oratory, an early Christian Church.Return through Dingle, Castlemaine and Killarney to Kenmare.
Day 9 - 17th August 2018
Day tour to the tourist resort of Glengarriff with its Plue Pool and exquisite gardens on Garnish Island, and Gougane Barra - source of the River Lee where we see the Hermitage of St Finbarr patron Saint of Cork. The town of Bantry overlooks Bantry Bay and the Whiddy Island Oil Terminal.
Day 10 - 18th August 2018
Another day of freedom in Kemare for personal activities and visits.
Day 11 - 19th August 2018
After breakfast, depart for Ballyvourney and visit the Holy Well of St Gobnaith. Drive to Cashel and visit the Rock of Cashel, one of Irelands great historic sites, and seat of the Kings of Munster. See the Castle, Cathedral, Round Tower, and the Wall Tomb of Archbishop Myler McGrath. Drive via the Devils Bit to Athy for afternoon Mass and celebrations in St Marys Church, Barrowhouse, near Msgr Brennans ancestral home. Continue to Dublin and check into hotel for 3 nights.
Day 12 - 20th August 2018
This morning we celebrate Mass at the Lourdes Grotto, kept by the Oblate Fathers in Inchicore. Our city panoramic sightseeing tour includes : Kilmainham Jail, Phoenix Park, Civic Museum, OConnell street and the Millennium Spire, Abbey Theatre, Custom House, Trinity College, Dail Eireann (seat of the Irish Government), Georgian Squares, City Hall, Dublin Castle, Christchurch and St Patricks Cathedrals, and the Guinness Brewery. Afternoon drive to Glendalough and visit the remains of the 6th century monastic settlement of St Kevin.Cross the Wicklow Gap on return to our hotel.
Day 13 - 21th August 2018
Mass this morning in Dublins Pro-Cathedral, followed by a day of leisure in the city. Your opportunity to see the famous Book of Kells in Trinity College, visit the Guinness Brewery and taste the famous brew, or go shopping in Grafton St or Henry Street. National Opening of WMOF2018, which will take place simultaneously in all the different dioceses of Ireland. In the evening we enjoy a Dinner/Cabaret show, with Irish music, song and dance in the Merry Ploughboy pub.
Day 14/16 - 22 to the 24 August 2018
5 extra nights in Dublin, with hotel bed & breakfast, and admission tickets to the 3 main events.
Each day will reflect on the theme "The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World" chosen by the Holy Father and will include an enriching programme for adults of keynote speakers, workshops, talks, testimonies and discussions; an engaging and exciting programme for young people as well as fun activities for children. The Congress will also include daily celebration of the Eucharist, prayerful activities, exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances.
Day 17 - 25 August 2018
A Festival of Families, comprising a reflective concert style event within a prayerful and joyful atmosphere, in which personal stories of faith will be shared by families from all continents.
Day 18 - 26 August 2018
WMOF2018 will close with a solemn Eucharistic Celebration, that will gather thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world.
Day 19 - 27 August 2018
Transfer to Dublin Airport for those returning to the USA this day.