Prehistoric art

The Beginnings of Authentic Travel

Ireland trips

The Beginnings of Authentic Travel

In 1998 I developed an Irish Art history course while working toward my Master’s Degree in Visual Arts. Having an Irish background (both of my mother’s parents were from Tipperary) was the catalyst for my first trip to Ireland, which I took with my sister Patt and her husband Jim. We took a whirlwind tour that began in Dublin, then went to Belfast, where Jim’s sister Kathleen lives and teaches. It was an eye opening experience. Kathleen guided us around the city, and the murals from both Catholic and Protestant factions were a visual insight into the “Troubles” that persisted even at that time. Thankfully, a more peaceful situation exists today. We drove west to County Mayo, visiting relatives, then to Tipperary, or “up Tipp” as the area is referred to where my people come from. Mary, my grandmother’s niece, lived in the family home, and she and her sister Kitty welcomed us with open arms, lots of tea, and heaping platters of food on the table…true Irish hospitality. It felt like a homecoming as more relatives came over to say hello and meet the Americans. Mary took us to the local cemetery, where I found out about ancestors I never had known…and thus began my Irish adventures. They led to me receiving dual citizenship, and developing an Irish Art history component to my graduate studies. This involved studying the prehistoric side of Ireland-archaeology, pottery, landscape, architecture, and culture, which I did by traveling there each semester and researching sites all over the country. Visits with family were always a highlight, as were the local guides I sought out to show me the “hidden” places, or reveal the story of a place through legends, myths and folklore. Music, art and dance added to the tapestry of contemporary Irish life, and I met artists, visited galleries, and attended theatre whenever possible. Music sessions in the pubs are a long tradition in Ireland, and one can always count on hearing talented musicians and spontaneous, unexpected, and uplifting sessions. And, there were times tears came to my eyes as an elderly gentleman rose and sang a cappella to a hushed bar. Ireland felt like home, and I knew that I had just begun a lifelong love for this beautiful, rugged, sophisticated, artistic and mysterious place.

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Wild Atlantic Way tour to Ireland!

Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way      Culloo Rocks and St Brendans well (12)

October 8-15, 2015  (See a full color pdf at http://www.riverrunarts.com)

Join us for a trip along the Wild Atlantic Way, which stretches for 1,500 miles along Ireland’s western seaboard. This trip will be focused on the southwestern part of the “way” where we will explore the history, culture, archaeology and secret places of this coastline. Kerry tourism states “Here, the ocean’s force has carved a coast of wild, raw beauty. Huge Atlantic rollers crash and churn, shaping jagged ocean crags, archipelagos and inlets, sea loughs, surfing strands, and the sheer granite walls of cliffs that are amongst some of the highest in Europe. Rare sea eagles circle over glacial mountains, dolphins leap the waves, seals bask on the shore, puffins nest on cliff faces and geese gather in great estuaries. And lighthouses safeguard sailors all the way up the coast “. It is with this splendor as our constant companion that we will explore, delve into the ancient past, and experience Ireland in a way you will always remember.

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The trip will begin in Dublin, where we will learn about the culture and history with a walking tour and visits to several places of interest, such as the National Museum and Dublin Castle. The train will then take us to Killarney, and after a hike in Killarney National Park, we will travel to the Beara Peninsula. We will stay for several nights as we explore the coast, standing stones and circles, and legends in the landscape, such as the “Hag of Beara”. We will visit contemporary artists in their studios, see top notch art galleries, and attend a special performance by a local storyteller, or “seanachie”, Teddy Black. Tiny roads hug the shoreline, and the ocean turns hues of azure, grey, and cobalt blue as the weather changes throughout the day. The people we will meet will remain your best memories, and in many places called the “Gaeltacht,”, Irish is still the spoken language. You may often hear “Fáilte romhat isteach” meaning “You’re most welcome here”.

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We then head to the Burren, further north on the Wild Atlantic way, watching for dolphins, eagles, and great beaches to walk and explore. Here we will enjoy the unique Burren landscape of limestone, visit ancient dolmens, and walk with a local guide to “off the beaten track”, magical places, such as holy wells and prehistoric cairns.  A highlight of our time here will be a day with award winning guide and author Tony Kirby. The Burren National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Some of the highlights of the Park include the dramatically-buckled Mullaghmore hill, turloughs (seasonal lakes), great expanses of limestone pavement and stunning “wallscapes” (dry stone walls). Herds of feral goats are frequently spotted. The Park hosts the Burren’s renowned mix of wildflowers from the Alps, the Mediterranean and the Arctic. Our walk features nineteenth century potato cultivation ridges, a Great Famine relief road from the 1840s, a Stone Age megalithic tomb and impressive views of parts of Counties Clare and Galway. The outing includes incisive commentaries on the geology, archaeology, history, flora, wildlife and farming of the Burren.

 

 

Culloo Rocks and St Brendans well (8)     Ballachasheen (6)

 

All throughout our trip we will sample fresh seafood, hear local musicians, drive through brightly painted villages, and walk among monastic ruins and round towers. We’ll return to enjoy one last day in Dublin. We are offering a tour that begins and ends in Dublin October 20-31, which you are welcome to join if you would like to extend your travels in Ireland! ( details at www.authenticravelandtours.com or www.riverrunarts.com)

Itinerary

 10/8   Arrive Dublin. Walking tour and visit to National Museum. Optional musical pub tour in evening

10/9   Travel via train to Killarney. Hike in Killarney National Park, then proceed to Beara. Stop at Gleninchquin Waterfall. Lodging in Eyeries

10/10   Day trip around the coast of Beara, with stops at stone circles, artist’s studios and galleries, Allihies copper museum. Dinner in Castletownbere and evening performance by storyteller Teddy Black

10/11 Day trip including Healy Pass, the Hag of Beara, standing stone, local artisans

10/12    Travel to the Burren along the coast. Ring of Kerry sites, such as Eightercua stone alignment, Staigue Iron Age Fort, and monastic sites Dysert O”dea and Kilmacduagh

10/13   Walking tour with local guide Tony Kirby in Burren, visits to many area attractions

10/14   Return to Dublin, visit points of interest. Farewell dinner

10/15   Depart

Please note: This tour will involve some hiking and walking on uneven terrain.

Your tour leader and guide:    Your tour will be led by scholar, artist and teacher Joan Molloy Slack, who will guide the tour and interpret the range of fascinating things we will see and experience, from rock art to Irish culture and contemporary art. She has been organizing and leading tours for 15 years to Ireland, Scotland, France, and Mexico as well as within the United States. She is a teacher and college instructor, a ceramic and fiber artist, (www.riverrunarts.com), and holds a Master’s Degree in Prehistoric Ceramics and Visual Art. Joan will bring her knowledge of art history, experience as a museum curator, and her passion for art and history to our daily excursions. As a firm believer in sustainable tourism, she also seeks out the best local guides, from historians to storytellers, so that we may hear and see through their eyes as well.  She is a dual citizen, Irish/American, and her family comes from a small town called Rathcabbin in Tipperary.  You can read about her travels and research in Ireland at www.authentictravelandtours.com

 “I began tour guiding 15 years ago through teaching college classes combined with tours in Art History to Mexico and Ireland. I also led independent travel experiences that included Ireland as well as Scotland and France, after researching prehistoric art and ceramics and attaining my Master’s Degree. My fascination with the people who were the first recorded artists, as seen in the cave paintings in France, or on ancient pottery designs or rock art carvings, continues to drive my desire to learn, explore and share my passion for what I have learned with fellow travelers. As I researched and traveled, I found that the best way to delve deeply was to seek out local guides, artists and historians who helped bring the stories of places alive. This never fails to create a rich, meaningful and life changing experience. Layers of story, place names, deeper meanings and human connection create a rich, multi-layered tour with memories that remain long after the travel is over.  I bring this element to all of my tours, and it makes all the difference in what feels authentic versus an overview, or a superficial tour. As an artist, teacher, art historian, scholar and adventurer, I am so looking forward to sharing amazing people, places and experiences with you!”

Comments from past tour participants:

“My travel experience with Joan leading the group was above and beyond my expectation. Joan’s research into so many areas of interest about the sites and folklore made the trip stimulating and insightful without being overloaded. She is a seasoned guide with great “in country” connections and a sincere love of the land she travels. I highly recommend Joan Slack as a tour guide. You will have a wonderful, memorable time. I did.”      J.H.

“Joan organizes her trips like she creates her art: beautiful, practical, and full of meaning. I’d never been on a group trip before.  Joan’s voyage to Orkney in Scotland was a joy, every day. It’s one of the very best adventures of my life.”   C. P.

“If you want dependability combined with unique experiences, attention to details and wonderful connections, this is a great tour to take. Each day has been planned for a balance of activities, a good pace and plenty of enjoyment. Joan’s background and knowledge really makes for a deeper understanding of everything we see.” K.M.W.

“If you have never been on a small group tour, go with Joan. If you have been with someone else, go again with Joan. Her planning, arrangements, and site selections are perfect! You will meet warm, friendly and local people from all walks of life with talents to share. I still have a Bridget’s Cross, made by Joe from our trip, hanging by my door. Happy travels!” A.H.

Our Vision: Each of our tours is unique and custom-designed, with a balanced mix of traveling, sightseeing, cultural encounters, and free time. We limit our tours to fewer than 20 people both for the freedom, flexibility, and camaraderie that small groups engender, and also so that guests may enjoy a more personal and authentic travel experience. We’ll show you the highlights and the unexpected. We usually spend more time in one place so that you won’t be constantly moving, and have time to get to know it. As small group your Tour Leader will have more time to spend with you and more time to share the personal insights that can add so much to your experience. This helps make your trip genuinely special and different from conventional tours, large buses, and too little time in one place.

Cost: The cost for this tour is $1675 per person.

What is included in the price:

-Lodging for tour dates at centrally located hotel and guesthouses. Price is based upon 2 sharing a room with your own bed if preferred. 3 people can share a room with 3 beds if available. There is an additional charge for single room- please contact us about the extra cost. Single rooms may have limited availability and are on a first-come, first served basis.

-All ground transportation, including buses, taxis, train and coaches in Ireland after arrival at hotel and until last day of trip

-Full Irish breakfast every day with tea and coffee

-All tour guides and admission fees, walking tours, and special events in itinerary

-guided presentations at site visits, and gratuities

-customized special events, tours, presentations and/or performances

Price does not include:

-lunches and evening meals (we have opted not to make meals all-inclusive due to personal preferences and dietary issues. This also gives people the freedom to explore and sample a variety of restaurants and cafes)

-travel to and from Ireland and any travel outside of tour dates. The tour begins and ends at the Dublin hotel: transportation by bus or taxi to/ from airport is not included

-insurance for health, luggage, transportation, cancellation/interruption. We strongly advise that you purchase travel insurance

-any extra or “optional” sightseeing, tours, taxis, or tickets, such as the evening pub tours

Please contact us at 715-277-4224 or 715-550-0858 with any questions or e-mail joanslack@wildblue.net.

If you are interested in joining us on the tour, fill out the attached forms and mail with your deposit of $500 (payable by check) as soon as possible to Joan Slack, P.O. Box 95, McNaughton, WI  54543. Space is limited, and registrations on a first come-first served basis. There will be a waiting list once the trip is full.  Balance ($1175) is due August 1, 2015. A day to day itinerary will be mailed to you, along with travel notes, reading suggestions, and information about sites that we will visit, closer to the tour dates.

Refund Policy

All cancellations must be in writing, and received before the deadlines listed below.  The following penalties may apply: Up to $100 charge plus any unrecoverable deposits, any unrecoverable payments to hotels, tour operators or transportation providers, up to August 1, 2015.  After August 1, 2015 – no refund will be allowed. The tour cost is per person based on currency valuations as of January, 2015. We will do everything possible to maintain costs and itinerary, but they are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control or large fluctuations in currency values. The itinerary may be adjusted due to weather or provider conditions at our discretion.

 

From ancient stone cairns and stone alignments, monastic ruins and echoes of the past in the landscape, to spectacular beauty along the Wild Atlantic Way, let us help you experience authentic Ireland on a trip you will always remember!

 

                 

                    

                                                                                    

To register please fill out the following information: Tour dates: ____________________

 

 

Name:______________________________________________Birthdate:_____________

 

Address:____________________________          E-mail address:_____________________

 

_____________________________________________

Home Telephone #:_____________________Cell phone#:__________________________

Room preference:  Single Double Triple   Roommate(s) preference:____________________

Emergency contact: Name, relationship, phone, e-mail address:

 

 

Please list any food allergies or other health concerns.  Also, please list prescription medications you are using in case of an emergency. (Please use a separate sheet of paper)

 

WAIVER OF RESPONSIBILITY

The Tour Leader (hereafter referred to as “TL”), Joan Slack, gives notice that all

arrangements made by her as agent upon the express conditions that she shall not be responsible for any damage, injury, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of any defect of vehicle, or through the acts of default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger, or in carrying out the arrangements of the tour, or otherwise in connection therewith, nor does she accept responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delays or other changes in means of transportation or other services, due to sickness, weather, strikes, or other causes. The right is reserved to make such alterations, deletions, additions, or modifications in the itinerary, program, or accommodations as may be found necessary by the TL. While every effort is made to assure safety, the TL, and agents of the TL will not be acting in a supervisory capacity during the tour and accordingly do not accept responsibility for the activities or safety of participants.  In addition, TL shall bear no responsibility for medical or other expenses resulting from illness, injury, or accident which occurs on the tour. Participants are encouraged to be adequately insured, both for health and travel. No illegal drugs or firearms are permitted. Participants are expected not to deviate from the established itinerary without prior approval from TL. If for any reason a participant must leave the tour before completion, no refunds will be allowed. TL reserves the right to ask a participant to leave the tour due to behavior that may endanger the safety of the group.

My signature certifies that I have read the “Waiver of Responsibility” and that I agree to the

conditions thereof.

 

______________________________                     ___________________

Name                                                                           Date

 

 

For more information and taste of the tour:

Beara peninsula  http://www.bearatourism.com/archaelogical.html

The Burren  http://www.burrennationalpark.ie/

National Museum of Ireland     www.museum.ie

National Gallery of Ireland  http://www.nationalgallery.ie/

Kilmainham Jail   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilmainham_Gaol

Trinity College and The Book of Kells exhibit   http://www.tcd.ie/Library/bookofkells/

Newgrange, prehistoric World Heritage Site  http://www.worldheritageireland.ie/bru-na-boinne/built-heritage/newgrange/

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl   http://www.dublinpubcrawl.com/index.htm

Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ireland/dublin/activities/history-culture/dublin-traditional-irish-music-pub-crawl

Over the Top Tours   See the Celtic Experience tour  http://www.overthetoptours.com/

Liddy Historical Walking Tours, Dublin   http://www.walkingtours.ie/

 

We hope you will join us!!

See a full color pdf at http://www.riverrunarts.com

Some photos courtesy of Dan O’Meara

 

 

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Tracing the Past in Ireland October 20-31, 2015

If you enjoy unique, artist and scholar led travel experiences and learning about the culture, art and people of a place, then join us for some amazing travel experiences!

Here is a glimpse of what to expect in October: (see http://www.riverrunarts.com for a downloadable pdf brochure)

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Join us for a unique exploration of enchanting Ireland as we delve into the texture of Irish culture from prehistory to present. We begin in Dublin, which offers a look at hundreds of years of history through its architecture, culture and museums. We will visit the National Museum, which boasts pottery from the Stone Age, gold neck collars, called “torcs” made by the Celts, and elaborate metalworking created during monastic times. The Viking longship, and influence of their presence in Dublin, provides an in-depth visual history of this culture in Ireland.  We will see the rich and fascinating history in the landscape by visiting stone circles, ring forts, medieval churches, and ancient solar observatories. Woven into the story of the past will be activities with Irish artists, actors, guides and musicians.

In conjunction with this tour, a genealogy component is being offered by Dave Miller. Dave teaches a course on finding your Irish roots, and will be offering his consulting services to those in his class, with actual hands-on time in Dublin (and Belfast for the October trip) to research further. The schedule is planned so that those working with Dave will have time to research with him, and those not involved will be engaged in a variety of other tour activities, including a trip to the World Heritage Site of Newgrange, the 5,000 year old structure aligned to dawn on the winter solstice.

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The tour will begin in Dublin, with visits to the National Gallery, Trinity College, featuring the Book of Kells, and the National Museum, which will provide a visual feast of history. The hop-on, hop-off bus will take us anywhere we like in the city centre, with the option to view from the bus or hop off and see things up close. Guided tours will be included at most sites, as well as walking tours where historic areas are described, including the Irish Rebellion, followed by a visit to Kilmanhaim Jail. Evening music and literary pub events will top off the days.

Next the group will head to Belfast and northern Ireland, where those working with Dave on genealogy will spend several days investigating their heritage at  research sites in Belfast, such as PRONI ( Public Records Office of Northern Ireland). and Ulster Historical Foundation .

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Those not involved in research will be treated to day trips along the northern coast, including the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, with visits to castles, monastic sites, mansions, mountains and waterfalls, all providing a variety and breadth to Irish history and cultural insights.  Those researching will also come along on some of these outings. In Belfast we will also take the hop-on, hop-off bus tour, so that people can see sites of special interest, sample a café, or take in some shopping or a museum. Our day trips will be with local guides, who promise to offer delightful stories and an “inside” look at the region’s history, culture and secrets, all told with a dose of Irish wit.

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One highlight while in Belfast will be a personalized tour of the Titanic Experience, where we will see the construction of this iconic ship, learn its history and view remains of the wreckage..

The city of Belfast and northern Ireland has had a turbulent past, but thankfully now is a peaceful time. However, the political and religious climate of the “troubles” is still visible in the murals painted during those times. We will be able to see the murals, and learn more about the history with a guided tour, ending with a special highlight of viewing the “Peace Wall”.

The Antrim Coast is stunning, and we will venture out to see amazing scenery,and archaeological sites, such as standing stones and castle ruins. A stop at the Bushmills Distillery will give you a sampling if Irish whiskey as we wind our way back to the city!

We will visit Dunluce Castle, and learn about the fortifications and villages that surrounded places such as these.

Each day our goal is to provide a perfect blend of activities, free time, and a pace that allows for an enjoyable trip. Most activities are not strenuous, but there will be walking as we visit sites, and for those interested, opportunities to hike through beautiful glens and scenery.

Your tour leader and guide:    Your tour will be led by scholar, artist and teacher Joan Molloy Slack, who will guide the tour and interpret the range of fascinating things we will see and experience, from rock art to Irish culture and contemporary art. She has been organizing and leading tours for 15 years to Ireland, Scotland, France, and Mexico as well as within the United States. She is a teacher and college instructor, a ceramic and fiber artist, (www.riverrunarts.com), and holds a Master’s Degree in Prehistoric Ceramics and Visual Art. Joan will bring her knowledge of art history, experience as a museum curator, and her passion for art and history to our daily excursions. As a firm believer in sustainable tourism, she also seeks out the best local guides, from historians to storytellers, so that we may hear and see through their eyes as well.  She is a dual citizen, Irish/American, and her family comes from a small town called Rathcabbin in Tipperary.  You can read about her travels and research in Ireland at www.authentictravelandtours.com

“I began tour guiding 15 years ago through teaching college classes combined with tours in Art History to Mexico and Ireland. I also led independent travel experiences that included Ireland as well as Scotland and France, after researching prehistoric art and ceramics and attaining my Master’s Degree. My fascination with the people who were the first recorded artists, as seen in the cave paintings in France, or on ancient pottery designs or rock art carvings, continues to drive my desire to learn, explore and share my passion for what I have learned with fellow travelers. As I researched and traveled, I found that the best way to delve deeply was to seek out local guides, artists and historians who helped bring the stories of places alive. This never fails to create a rich, meaningful and life changing experience. Layers of story, place names, deeper meanings and human connection create a rich, multi-layered tour with memories that remain long after the travel is over.  I bring this element to all of my tours, and it makes all the difference in what feels authentic versus an overview, or a superficial tour. As an artist, teacher, art historian, scholar and adventurer, I am so looking forward to sharing amazing people, places and experiences with you!”

 Dave Miller is serving as Genealogist Consultant on this trip and will assist and advise those who have been working with him prior to the trip with their Irish family research. Dave has researched family history for over 30 years, including his own Irish ancestors. He is especially experienced in genealogy research in the Midwest and knowledgeable in American and Irish records. He has published articles on family history and is a speaker on various genealogy topics. Dave holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois Springfield and has just completed a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies in Irish records from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies in Toronto, Ontario.  In addition, Dave has also been an on-air meteorologist in television and radio for over 30 years.

“I really enjoy helping individuals in researching their ancestors. My experience and educational background can give them the guidance in finding those hard to locate ancestors including their Irish family.” 

Cost: This trip base price is $2129, which includes the group activities in the itinerary. Those choosing to do research will not be taking extra day trips, so their cost is $2129 plus the cost of Dave Miller’s class. Those NOT involved in the research component can expect a fully scheduled tour with extra full day trips for a total of $2252. A deposit of $500 payable by check is required with your registration. Those interested in genealogy class with Dave Miller must make arrangements and payments directly with him. His fee of $350 includes classes prior to trip, assistance and transportation during research days in Dublin and Belfast and availability for research questions at specific times during the trip. Contact Dave at davewiroots@gmail.com      www.findthefamily.com

Our Vision: Each of our tours is unique and custom-designed, with a balanced mix of traveling, sightseeing, cultural encounters, and free time. We limit our tours to fewer than 20 people both for the freedom, flexibility, and camaraderie that small groups engender, and also so that guests may enjoy a more personal and authentic travel experience. We’ll show you the highlights and the unexpected. We usually spend more time in one place so that you won’t be constantly moving, and have time to get to know it. As small group your Tour Leader will have more time to spend with you and more time to share the personal insights that can add so much to your experience. This helps make your trip genuinely special and different from conventional tours, large buses, and too little time in one place.

What is included in the price:

-Lodging for tour dates. Lodging will be at Cassidy’s Hotel in Dublin (www.cassidyshotel.com) and the Ramada Encore Hotel in Belfast (www.encorebelfast.co.uk) , both of which are located in the city centre. Price is based upon 2 sharing a room with your own bed if preferred. 3 people can share a room with 3 beds if available. There is an additional charge for single room- please contact us about the extra cost. Single rooms may have limited availability and are on a first-come, first served basis.

-All ground transportation, including buses, taxis, train and coaches in Ireland after arrival at hotel and until last day of trip

-Full Irish breakfast every day with tea and coffee

-All tour guides and admission fees, walking tours, bus passes and special events in itinerary

-guided presentations at site visits, and gratuities

-customized special events, tours, presentations and/or performances

Price does not include:

-lunches and evening meals (we have opted not to make meals all-inclusive due to personal preferences and dietary issues. This also gives people the freedom to explore and sample a variety of restaurants and cafes)

-travel to and from Ireland and any travel outside of tour dates. The tour begins and ends at the Dublin hotel: transportation by bus or taxi to/from airport is not included

-insurance for health, luggage, transportation, cancellation/interruption. We strongly advise that you purchase travel insurance

-any extra or “optional” sightseeing, tours, taxis, or tickets, such as the evening pub tours

Please contact us at 715-277-4224 or 715-550-0858 with any questions or e-mail joanslack@wildblue.net. If you are interested in joining us on the tour, fill out the attached forms and mail with your deposit of $500 as soon as possible to Joan Slack, P.O. Box 95, McNaughton, WI  54543. Space is limited, as we prefer to keep the numbers smaller rather than larger, and registrations on a first come-first served basis. There will be a waiting list once the trip is full.  Balance is due August 15, 2015. A day to day itinerary will be mailed to you, along with travel notes and information about sites we will visit, closer to the tour dates.

Itinerary

(People choosing to do genealogical research have been allotted time for this, while those not involved have a full tour schedule)

Tuesday, 10/20   Arrive in Dublin, orientation and walking tour of city centre, guided tour of Trinity College and view Book of Kells exhibit

Wednesday, 10/21   Hop-on bus tour, with guided tours of National Museum, Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship, Christchurch Cathedral and other Dublin sites   Afternoon time for researchers

Thursday 10/22     Rebellion walking tour, Kilmainham Jail tour, and choice of Dublin sites via hop-on bus tour.  Afternoon time for researchers. Optional musical pub tour in evening.

Friday, 10/23   Visit Newgrange and the Boyne Valley. (Full day for researchers)

Saturday, 10/24     Travel to Belfast via train. Group tour of Belfast murals and Peace Wall

Sunday, 10/25   Visit to Ulster Museum and other points of interest (morning research time) Group tour to Titanic exhibit with walking tour

Monday, 10/26   Trip to Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Bushmill’s Distillery (research day)

Tuesday 10/27   Day trip to regional sites of interest, research day for others

Monday, 10/28   Free time to explore Belfast

Tuesday 10/29  and Wednesday 10/30    Return to Dublin Time to explore, time for researchers to finish. Optional literary pub tour in evening. Options include: Pat Liddy walking tour, National Art Gallery, Writer’s Museum, Hugh lane Gallery, Photography Museum, Dublin Castle, St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Botanic Gardens, Chester Beatty Library, Guinness Brewery, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Douglas Hyde Modern Art Museum, Natural History Museum, as well as all of the shops with contemporary art, woven goods, sweaters and crafts. A half-day trip to Malahide Castle and the eastern coast near Dublin will also be an option.   Farewell dinner

Thursday 10/31   Depart in morning  PLEASE NOTE: We are offering a tour to the west coast and “Wild Atlantic Way” just prior to this trip from October 8-15th, a great way to see more of Ireland. See details at www.authentictravelandtours.com or www.riverrunarts.com

Refund Policy

All cancellations must be in writing, and received before the deadlines listed below.  The following penalties may apply: Up to $100 charge plus any unrecoverable deposits, any unrecoverable payments to hotels, tour operators or transportation providers, up to August 15, 2015.  After August 15, 2015 – no refund will be allowed. The tour cost is per person based on currency valuations as of January, 2015. We will do everything possible to maintain costs and itinerary, but they are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control or large fluctuations in currency values. The itinerary may be adjusted due to weather or provider conditions at our discretion.

 

Comments from past tour participants:

“My travel experience with Joan leading the group was above and beyond my expectation. Joan’s research into so many areas of interest about the sites and folklore made the trip stimulating and insightful without being overloaded. She is a seasoned guide with great “in country” connections and a sincere love of the land she travels. I highly recommend Joan Slack as a tour guide. You will have a wonderful, memorable time. I did.”      J.H.

“Joan organizes her trips like she creates her art: beautiful, practical, and full of meaning. I’d never been on a group trip before.  Joan’s voyage to Orkney in Scotland was a joy, every day. It’s one of the very best adventures of my life.”   C. P.

“If you want dependability combined with unique experiences, attention to details and wonderful connections, this is a great tour to take. Each day has been planned for a balance of activities, a good pace and plenty of enjoyment. Joan’s background and knowledge really makes for a deeper understanding of everything we see.” K.M.W.

“If you have never been on a small group tour, go with Joan. If you have been with someone else, go again with Joan. Her planning, arrangements, and site selections are perfect! Joan makes sure you will meet warm, friendly and local people from all walks of life with talents to share. I still have a Bridget’s Cross, made by Joe from our trip, hanging by my door. Happy travels!” A.H.

We hope you will join us, and please feel free to contact us with any questions. Come see what’s around the bend!

 

                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

To register please fill out the following information: Tour dates: ____________________

Tour price:___________________  Full tour ____  I will be researching with Dave_______

 

Name:______________________________________________Birthdate:_____________

Address:____________________________          E-mail address:_____________________

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Home Telephone #:_____________________Cell phone#:__________________________

Room preference:  Single Double Triple   Roommate(s) preference:____________________

Emergency contact: Name, relationship, phone, e-mail address:

Please list any food allergies or other health concerns.  Also, please list prescription medications you are using in case of an emergency. (You may use a separate sheet of paper)

WAIVER OF RESPONSIBILITY

The Tour Leader (hereafter referred to as “TL”), Joan Slack, gives notice that all

arrangements made by her as agent upon the express conditions that she shall not be responsible for any damage, injury, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of any defect of vehicle, or through the acts of default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger, or in carrying out the arrangements of the tour, or otherwise in connection therewith, nor does she accept responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delays or other changes in means of transportation or other services, due to sickness, weather, strikes, or other causes. The right is reserved to make such alterations, deletions, additions, or modifications in the itinerary, program, or accommodations as may be found necessary by the TL. While every effort is made to assure safety, the TL, and agents of the TL will not be acting in a supervisory capacity during the tour and accordingly do not accept responsibility for the activities or safety of participants.  In addition, TL shall bear no responsibility for medical or other expenses resulting from illness, injury, or accident which occurs on the tour. Participants are encouraged to be adequately insured, both for health and travel. No illegal drugs or firearms are permitted. Participants are expected not to deviate from the established itinerary without prior approval from TL. If for any reason a participant must leave the tour before completion, no refunds will be allowed. TL reserves the right to ask a participant to leave the tour due to behavior that may endanger the safety of the group.

My signature certifies that I have read the “Waiver of Responsibility” and that I agree to the

conditions thereof.

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Name                                                                           Date

For more information and taste of the tour:

National Museum of Ireland     www.museum.ie

National Gallery of Ireland  http://www.nationalgallery.ie/

Kilmainham Jail   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilmainham_Gaol

Trinity College and The Book of Kells exhibit   http://www.tcd.ie/Library/bookofkells/

Newgrange, prehistoric World Heritage Site  http://www.worldheritageireland.ie/bru-na-boinne/built-heritage/newgrange/

Information on Christchurch Cathedral   www.sacred-destinations.com/ireland/dublin-christ-church-cathedral

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl   http://www.dublinpubcrawl.com/index.htm

Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ireland/dublin/activities/history-culture/dublin-traditional-irish-music-pub-crawl

Over the Top Tours  See the Celtic Experience tour  http://www.overthetoptours.com/

Liddy Historical Walking Tours, Dublin   http://www.walkingtours.ie/

Northern Ireland:

Titanic  http://www.history.com/topics/titanic

Giant’s Causeway Myths and Legends http://www.causewaycoastandglens.com/Myths-and-Legend.T884.aspx

Information on Belfast   http://visit-belfast.com/

Information on the murals in Belfast   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murals_in_Northern_Ireland

Antrim Coast and Glens   http://antrimcoastandglensaonb.ccght.org

Please see http://www.riverrunarts.com for a full color pdf  downloadable brochure or contact joanslack@wildblue.net for a brochure

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