Kennedy's Kitchen and Shay Clarke: A Musical Pub Tour of Ireland, Castles, Kings, Ceól, Agus Craic
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Day by Day Itinerary
Tues., Oct. 15 – CHICAGO / DUBLIN (I)
Today we depart Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport on the American Airlines non-stop flight to Dublin.
Wed., Oct. 16 – DUBLIN / KINSALE (D)
After landing at Dublin Airport our Driver/Guide will welcome you to Ireland. Leaving the airport we’ll stop at Newbridge Silverware where we’ll have time for lunch and shopping. Newbridge Silverware is synonymous with designing and producing beautiful Irish jewelry, homeware and giftware products. We’ll have a photo opportunity of the Rock of Cashel as we make our way south through Ireland’s Golden Vale to the Rebel County of Cork. Our overnight destination is the historic port and fishing town of Kinsale, and we’ll have dinner at our hotel, The Trident. Pub of the Day...The Wharf Tavern, where we’ll enjoy music from joHn and Chris.
Thur., Oct. 17 – KINSALE (B)
This morning we’ll get to know Kinsale on a relaxed but highly focused food stroll with an engaging and experienced guide. We’ll go to places that are off the usual food route where tastings are generous and the people lively. Cork people are enormously proud of their food and quite rightly! The afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore Ireland’s Foodie Capital and its many wonderful pubs and restaurants. Some may choose to visit the 9/11 Memorial Gardens, a tribute to Fr. Judge and the fallen firefighters. Pub of the Day...The Bulman.
Fri., Oct. 18 – KINSALE / KILLARNEY (B,D)
After breakfast our journey today takes us into Cork City where after a brief introductory tour we’ll enjoy some free time to explore on our own - be sure to visit the famous English Market in the center of the city, and its many quaint laneways and pubs. Afterwards we’ll travel to Blarney for a visit to fabled Blarney Castle. Here you’ll have an opportunity to climb the steps of the fortress and kiss the world famous Blarney Stone. We’ll also visit the Blarney Woolen Mills, the largest Irish crafts store in the country. Shay will be in Christies pondering a pint. Leaving County Cork, we’ll enter the Kingdom of Kerry on our path to Killarney. We’ll enjoy dinner at The Great Southern Hotel, our home for the next couple of nights. After dinner it’s time to immerse ourselves in traditional Irish music in any of Killarney’s dozens of live music ven-ues, where joHn and Chris are sure to join in. Pub of the Day...John M. Reidy.
Sat., Oct. 19 – KILLARNEY (B)
The Ring of Kerry is considered one of the finest coastal tours in all of Europe and is full of captivating mountain and coastal scenery. Dramatic seascapes, slate-roofed fishing villages and plenty of black-faced sheep appear around every bend on Kerry’s Wild Atlantic Way. This afternoon we’ll continue along the coast before turning inland. We may also stop for a visit at traditional musician Gerry O’Shea’s farm. Returning to Killarney, the remainder of the day is free to explore, or perhaps enjoy a jaunting car tour. Tonight is time to once again enjoy traditional music with the joHn and Chris. Pub of the Day...Tatler Jack.
Sun., Oct. 20 – KILLARNEY / BUNRATTY (B,D)
We depart Killarney this morning and stop in Listowel for a coffee at the famous John B. Keane’s Pub. Then we’ll cross into County Limerick and stop in the city of Limerick itself to visit King John’s Castle. King John was the brother of Richard the Lionheart, associated with legends such as Robin Hood and the Knights’ of the Round Table. Join in the living interpretation and re-enactment with costumed guides who reveal the secrets and scandals of castle life. Afterward we’ll visit the Frank McCourt Museum, showcasing a classroom of the 1930’s and the McCourt home, as described in “Angela’s Ashes.” Then we’re on to “Banner County” of Clare where we will enjoy the Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet and have a “jar” or two in our Pub of the Day...Durty Nelly’s.
Mon., Oct. 21 – BUNRATTY / GALWAY (B,D)
An amazing day is in store as we travel to the coast to view the majestic Cliffs of Moher, a rocky wall that rises 700 feet above the foaming Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards we’ll stop at Gus O’Connor’s Pub in Doolin for the best fish and chips in the world. For dessert we travel through the Burren, a vast plateau of limestone, to the boutique bean to bar chocolate factory, Hazel Mountain Chocolate. Then we’ll continue ‘round Galway Bay to the city of Galway. On arrival we’ll enjoy a panoramic introduction to the city’s main sights including the large modern Cathedral of St. Nicholas, set on an island in the Corrib River; Eyre Square; the Old Quays; Spanish Arch; and the Claddagh. Our hotel is the Salthill, and we’ll enjoy dinner in the city, and music at our Pub of the Day...The Quays.
Tues., Oct. 22 – GALWAY (B)
Today we explore the rugged yet serene Connemara region. This rocky land of broad-backed mountains and pearl-like lakes is the largest Irish-speaking section of the country and the old traditional ways of life are as much a part of this regions attraction as is the scenery. We’ll make our way to Killary Harbour to embark on a cruise of Killary Fjord. We’ll hear commentary along the way, and have the opportunity to eat lunch or sip an Irish Coffee in the warm and spacious viewing lounge. Or simply sit on deck and enjoy the breathtaking Connemara scenery. After our cruise, we stop at Gaynors Bar in Leenane, where much of the movie “The Field” was filmed. Returning to Galway, the rest of the day is free to enjoy the music, charm and banter of the local characters as you shop and explore the city. Pub of the Day...Tigh Neachtain.
Wed., Oct. 23 – GALWAY / DUBLIN (B)
After breakfast today, we journey across the stunning Irish countryside as we make our way to Athlone where we’ll visit Athlone Castle on the River Shannon. During our visit we’ll discover tales of bitter battles fought, territories won and lost and hear stories of bravery. Then we’ll walk over to Sean’s Bar, the oldest pub in Ireland. Situated in the Heart of Ireland, Sean's Bar plays host to visitors from all around the world, and we’ll join the uncountable number of visitors who have been stopping here for a drink, a chat and maybe a bit of music for more than a thousand years. Then it’s the Rocky Road to Dublin where
on arrival we’ll enjoy a panoramic introduction to this famous city on the Liffey River before heading to our hotel, Clayton Ballsbridge. Pub of the Day...The Horse Show House.
Thur., Oct. 24 – DUBLIN (B,D)
The entire day is free in Dublin to explore this wonderfully cosmopolitan city that offers trendy bars, elegant restaurants, and stylish shops. Whether your interest is sport, history, art or literature; whether you love shopping, or sipping a pint of Guinness, Dublin is packed with loads of interesting things to do. A Hop-on/Hop-off bus pass will allow you to visit any of Dublin’s attractions, including Trinity College, home to the famous Book of Kells, or the Guinness Storehouse and Gravity Bar. We’ll finish our time in Ireland with a great treat this evening at our farewell dinner and show featuring traditional Irish music, dance and entertainment at The Pub of the Day...The Merry Ploughboy. We plan on joining in the entertainment!
Fri., Oct 25 – DUBLIN / CHICAGO (B,I)
All too soon, our Autumn in Ireland has come to the end. We transfer to Dublin Airport in plenty of time to check in for our non-stop American Airlines flight to Chicago.
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