Q & A: REGINA’s
‘The Romance of Catholic Ireland‘ Tour
Q. When is it?
A. We will meet at Dublin Airport on Saturday June 3 and drop everyone off there on Sunday June 11 to catch their flights.
Q. Do you have to be single?
Q. Do you have to be Catholic?
A. No, though what we’re going to see might make more sense if you have been formed as a Catholic.
Q. Why is this just for young people ages 21-35?
A. 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.
Q. Why is this tour different from other tours?
A. 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.
Q. Will we have Latin Mass every day?
A. Not sure. We will have Mass available every day with our Chaplain and we will have a Latin Mass on Sunday June 4th and Sunday June 11, with one in the week between.
Q. Who is coming on this trip?
A. So far, we have interest from the US, UK, Australia and Ireland itself.
Q. Can we bring kids?
A. You can, although we would caution strongly that this trip is probably not suitable for children under 14. Too tiring, and too intellectual.
Q. How much is it?
A. We don’t have an exact figure right at the moment, though we estimate that it will run between US $1600 and $2200 per person. A chunk of that will be tax-deductible contributions to the foundations supporting religious orders we will visit. This does not include airfare.
Q. What does the Tour fee include?
A. Transportation around Ireland, overnight accommodations, breakfast and dinner, entrance fees and charitable contributions to Catholic Orders. Basically everything except lunch, drinking and spending money.
Q. What is the exact itinerary?
- MONASTIC IRELAND: A visit with Benedictine monks who celebrate the Latin Mass and a trip to ancient abbeys and Celtic crosses nearby.
- DUBLIN: A personal tour of Trinity College library in Dublin, a visit to the Guinness brewery and Mass and dinner with young parishioners at St Kevin's
- THE WEST OF IRELAND Climbing St Patrick's Mountain and a visit to the Coffin Ship memorial here followed by an overnight and pub crawl in Westport and a visit to Our Lady of Knock.
- THE RING OF KERRY and Killarney, home of Hugh O'Flaherty for an overnight
- LIMERICK, for a Latin Mass and tour of a formerly-abandoned church, rescued by the Institute of Christ the King and a group of young Irish Catholics
- KILDARE: The renowned Cathedral city of St Brigid for a tour led by a young native of the city.
Q. Is this set in stone?
A. No. We’re thinking we can do most of this, however.
Q. What kind of places will we stay in?
A. Ireland has many lovely bed & breakfasts and small family-run hotels. We’ll stay in places REGINA knows personally or which we have local references for.
Q. It says ‘climb St Patrick’s mountain’?!
A. 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.
Q. What is the weather like in June?
A. Ireland’s West is normally pretty rainy, so we recommend you pack layers. Comfortable footgear and weather-proof jackets are a must.
Q. How much should I pack?
A. We recommend that you pack as lightly as you can, as you will be carrying your own luggage.
Q. Can we get cellphone service in Ireland?
A. Most carriers have plans which you can buy to provide service in Ireland.
Q. How many people on this Tour?
A. We will only launch the tour if we have a minimum of 10 people signed up by January 7, 2017. In any event, the maximum we will take is 40.
Q. When is the deadline? Is there a fee to reserve my seat?
A. Deadline is January 7, 2017. Non-refundable fee to reserve your seat is $300, which goes towards your total Tour fee.
Q. How do I pay it and when is the rest due?
A. Reserve fees must be paid via Paypal by January 7th. You don’t need a Paypal account. All you need is a MC or Visa.
If you prefer to pay by check you can download this form, complete it and send it with your check.
The remainder of the Tour fee is due March 31, 2017. You can use the button below to make both payments by credit card by selecting which payment you are making from the drop down menu box
Q. How can I get updates?
A. If you send us your $300 fee, we will include your name on the Tour email list, and provide regular updates that way.
Q. Can I learn more about the places we will visit on this Tour?
A. Yes indeed. Everyone who signs up for the Tour will receive a free hard copy of ‘Secret Catholic Insider Guide to Ireland’ magazine to help bring them up to speed on the Land of Saints and Scholars, but you scan the virtual copy here. In the interim, you can also check HERE for related website articles.