Ireland 2018

The Romance of Catholic Ireland

Join a small group of Regina Magazine insiders (ages 21-35) as we explore the Emerald Isle from August 4-12, 2018. Marvel at the beauties of the Isle of Saints & Scholars. Tread the paths of St. Patrick, St. Brigid, and host of other Irish saints. Latin Masses in ancient ruined monasteries, pub crawls, Irish dancing, 5th century Celtic crosses, castles, the Book of Kells, Guinness Brewery, Our Lady of Knock and much more!

When is it?

We will meet at Dublin Airport on Saturday, August 4 and drop everyone off there on Sunday, August 12 to catch their flights.

What is the exact itinerary?

  • MONASTIC IRELAND: A visit with Benedictine monks who celebrate the Latin Mass and to ancient abbeys and Celtic crosses nearby.
  • CASTLES & STATELY HOMES: A visit to Trim Castle, where ‘Braveheart’ was filmed. A private tour of Russborough House.
  • THE WEST OF IRELAND: Climbing St Patrick's Mountain and a visit to the Coffin Ship memorial. Pub crawl in Westport and a visit to Our Lady of Knock.
  • LIMERICK, for a Latin Mass and trip of a formerly-abandoned church, rescued by the Institute of Christ the King and a group of young Irish Catholics.
  • THE RING OF KERRY and Killarney, home of Hugh O'Flaherty, including a visit to a family-owned woolen mill.
  • DUBLIN: A personal tour of Trinity College library in Dublin, a visit to the Guinness brewery and Mass and an elegant afternoon tea. Mass at St Kevin's.

Do you have to be single?

No. Though many travelers are.

Do you have to be Catholic?

No, though what we’re going to see might make more sense if you have been formed as a Catholic.

Why is this just for young people ages 21-35?

Basically, because this age group is in the prime of life, and many who are interested in their faith are also interested in meeting Catholics of this same age from other cultures.

Why is this trip different from other trips?

Basically, it’s an insider’s tour. In addition to seeing the beauties of Ireland, you will meet and hang out with Irish people who take their Faith seriously. You will assist at Latin Masses in parishes and Orders. And you will travel with other people your age, who also take their Faith seriously.

Will we have a Latin Mass every day?

No. We will have a Novus Ordo Mass available every  day with our Chaplain, and we will have a Latin Mass on both Sundays.

Who is coming on this trip?

Last year we had people from the US, Canada, Singapore, and Ireland itself.

Can we bring kids?

You can, although we would caution strongly that this trip is probably not suitable for children under 14. Too tiring, and too intellectual.

What kind of places will we stay in?

Ireland has many lovely bed & breakfasts and small family-run hotels. We’ll stay in places REGINA knows personally.

It says 'climb St. Patrick's mountain'!?

Yes, weather permitting, we will climb this large hill outside Westport, where St Patrick is reputed to have spent 40 days and nights preparing for his mission to the Irish. If you choose not to, you can warm yourself by the peat fire at the bottom of the hill and have tea and scones.

Do I have to share a room?

You have a choice of sharing a room or not. Obviously, if you share with a friend, we can accommodate you both. If you don’t have a friend to accompany you, let us know and we will assign someone of the same sex to share with you, if we can. Single rooms are available, too.

What's the difference in cost?

A shared room package will cost US$2500. A single room package will cost US$3400. Neither includes airfare.

What does the tour fee include?

Transportation around Ireland, overnight accommodations, breakfast and dinner, entrance fees and charitable contributions to Catholic Orders. Basically everything except airfare, lunch, drinking and spending money.

How many people are going on this tour?

The maximum we will take is 22.

Is there a fee to reserve my seat?

Yes. A non-refundable fee to reserve your seat is $500, which goes towards your total Trip fee.

How do I pay it?

Reserve fees must be paid via Paypal  HERE. You don’t need a Paypal account. All you need is a MC or Visa, and you can go onto the Paypal website and work from there!

When is the rest due?

The second installment of $1500 (for a shared room) or $2400 (for a single room package)  is due on June 1, 2018 via Paypal or check. The remainder of the $500 Trip fee is due July 1 via Paypal or check.

How can I get updates?

Once you send us your $500 reserve fee, we will include your name on the trip email list and provide regular updates that way.

What is the weather like in August?

Ireland’s West is normally pretty rainy, so we recommend you pack layers. Comfortable footgear and weather-proof jackets are a must.

How much should I pack?

We recommend that you pack as lightly as you can, as you will be carrying your own luggage.

Can we get cellphone service in Ireland?

Most carriers have plans which you can buy to provide service in Ireland.

Can I learn more about the places we will visit on this tour?

Yes indeed. Everyone who signs up for the Trip will receive a free ‘Secret Catholic Insider Guide to Ireland’ to help bring them up to speed on the Land of Saints and Scholars. In the interim, you can also check HERE.

I'm interested! What's my next step?

Ready to sign up? Click HERE to register and reserve your place!  Have more questions? Send us the contact form below!

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