In June I was one of the 47 on the Trip to Ireland sponsored by our local St. Pat's Association. I had a magnificent trip! I hear they're planning another trip for next year and I encourage anyone who's interested and able, to make the journey.
Many of those on this first trip have Irish roots which, I do not. I can only imagine that the trip was made even more poignant for the travelers with Ireland in their family tree.
People ask what my favorite part of the trip was and I have difficulty answering because in our nine days we saw so many places and did so many things! I took over 1,000 pictures and 22 videos, and thankfully, took notes each day of all we'd seen and done.
As a vacation, it's a magical, scenic place to travel. As an exploration into your heritage, it would be filled pride.
For a history buff, it's a wonderful place to learn and you are intrigued with thousands of years of information. If you want to study culture, Ireland is a great place to immerse yourself in a love of family, land and laughter. If you'd like a religious experience, this land is full of faithful people, sacred places and faith-based experiences. Even if you're looking for a music oriented trip, Ireland is a place you'll be welcomed to sing or perform or study their shared passion and joy of music.
Truly, Ireland can be a great fit for so many people and for so many reasons and I encourage people to go!
I can't thank St. Pat's Association and Billie Jo Hoffman enough for all they did to make this a successful trip. CIE was the tour group company we used. They hired a driver and bus for our visit. Our driver was a wonderful man by the name of Tom Tynan.
I highly suggest that if you're going to Ireland you look Tom up! He is truly THE best introduction to Ireland possible! Whether a newbie such as myself or some of the those who've traveled multiple times to Ireland, we all learned things.
We could ask him any question, on any Irish subject, and Tom knew the history, background, answer, etc. He truly was well-versed in all that is Ireland. He also had a cache of stories, jokes, poems, and more for us and we loved it all!
Tom took care of us, made special arrangements for us, ensured our safe delivery and comfort in each spot, and made us feel like the most welcomed people in Ireland.