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August 2017– Tour Ireland With Gearóid Ó Hallmhuráin

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Celtic Crossings and Celtic Tours World Vacations proudly present Dr Gearoid’s 2017 Irish History and Heritage Tour August 1-10, 2017 (10 DAYS) ~Living History and Heritage~Music~Archeology~Natural History~Cultural Traditions~



Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, born in Ennis, County Clare, is a leading Irish ethnomusicologist, author, musician and historian specialising in Irish music, diaspora, cultural and memory studies.


A 5-time All Ireland Champion uilleann piper and concertina player, Gearóid has presented over 1,000 concerts on 4 continents during the past 30 years. A prolific writer and tenured university professor, he is also a producer of The Clare Tracin’ Ensemble and a former member of Ireland’s legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band.



CLICK HERE: RESERVATION FORM: Dr Gearoid’s History and Heritage Tour of Ireland Aug 1-10, 2017


EMAIL US TODAY! CelticTours World Vacations’ Custom Tour # 89841



Irish History and Heritage Tour Highlights–

· Travel with Ireland’s noted cultural historian, author and award-winning traditional musician

· Meet locals and enjoy expert-led excursions

· Discover spectacular natural beauty

· Enjoy nightly musical sessions and private recitals

· Explore a living history and heritage of Ireland, dating to the mesolithic period

· Immerse yourself in rich culture and heritage

· Explore Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (Galway, Clare, Limerick, Mayo, Connemara and Kerry)

· Enjoy nightly musical sessions and recitals


· Learn about the extraordinary events of 1916, which placed Ireland on the road to independence from Britain

· Stand at the edge of the 702 foot high Cliffs of Moher

· Walk around the semi circular stone fort of Dún Aonghasa, on the island of Inis Mór.

· Imagine the Irish who lived at the hilltop from c.1500 BC

· Visit the castle of the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley

· Spend time in Craggaunowen – a interactive heritage site revealing Irish life in the Iron Age

· Engage with ancient Irish archaeology at Caherconnell Stone Fort–which dates to Viking invasions

· Encounter dramatic shadows of the Great Famine (1850) –which caused a million deaths and a million to across the ocean


· Experience the breathtaking Burren karst landscape–a cracked lunar bedrock of glacial-era limestone, with cliffs and caves, fossils and rock formations

· Ponder the iconic megalithic tomb at Poulnabrone dating from the Neolithic period–one of Ireland’s most photographed archaeological sites

· Climb the gravelly incline of Ireland’s sacred mountain, Croagh Patrick, or rest at Teach na Miasa visitor centre to watch others follow in St Patrick’s footsteps

· Wind around the Ring of Kerry –beautiful mountains, lakes and hidden vistas

· Explore archaeological monuments along the Dingle Peninsula, which National Geographic Traveler once described as “the most beautiful place on earth.”

· Behold the 1200-year-old Gallarus Oratory–an early Christian stone church and rare prehistoric Fahan Beehive Huts

· Cruise along the majestic River Corrib onto Lough Corrib, the Irish Republic’s largest lake, past castles and various sites of historical and cultural interest


· Learn useful Irish expressions– the oldest spoken language in western Europe

· Step out for a traditional dance or try your hand at learning a simple tune on the traditional whistle

· Meet members of the Kilfenora Céilí Band–Ireland’s oldest continually surviving dance band

· Explore Galway City, European Capital of Culture (2020)

· Meet local artists and craft designers

· Be welcomed as a royal visitor at Bunratty Castle’s famed medieval banquet and theatrical performance

· Visit Claddagh Village–inspiration for the timeless Claddagh Ring

· Savor locally sourced cuisine and perhaps try your hand at scavenging for nutritional seaweed

· And much more! See the complete itinerary and your reservation form


PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS provided by CelticTours World Vacations (Albany, NY)




· Jeanne Orenstein, Celtic TourS (Albany, NY)

· 518-862-0042 x310 Email: jeanneo@celtictours.com

· EMAIL US TODAY! CelticTours World Vacations’ Custom Tour # 89841


· 9 nights hotel accommodations

· 9 full breakfast daily (except day of arrival)

· 4 hotel dinners plus Bunratty Castle Banquet

· Admissions:

· Cragganowen

· Quin Abbey

· Bunratty Folk Park

· Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre

· Caherconnell Fort & Sheepdog demonstration

· Aran Island Ferry and island tour to Dun Aonghasa

· Kylemore Abbey (photo stop)

· Muckross House

· Kilfenora Burren Museum

· Lough Corrib Boat Cruise

· Galway Walking tour

· All transportation and sightseeing via deluxe touring motor coach

· Tips and taxes on items included



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