Ireland – Summer of 2020!
Dates and itinerary coming soon!
Our tour to Ireland will focus on the history of early Christianity. Few historians recognize the importance of the Irish and their contribution to western Christianity’s survival. Weather permitting, we will travel 18 miles of sea to the small monastic settlement of Skellig Michael where monks faithfully copied manuscripts on this remote island off the coast of Ireland during the Dark Ages. We will also see early manuscripts in the Chester Beatty Library and the Library of Trinity College in Dublin.
Another important site we will tour is where the Battle of the Boyne took place near Drogheda on the east coast of Ireland. The date was 1690, and two rival kings were claiming the English, Scottish, and Irish thrones: the Catholic King James II and his nephew and son-in-law, Protestant King William III. The battle was a turning point in English history. William won – which insured the continuation of Protestantism in Ireland. Near Drogheda we travel to Newgrange which is a prehistoric monument, built around 3200 BCE (older than the Giza pyramids in Egypt and Stonehenge in England).
Another visit will be to Glendalough – an area renowned for its natural beauty and history. The Valley is home to one of Ireland’s most impressive monastic sites founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century.
In addition to these historical places, we will have time for a stop at Waterford (famous for its crystal), Adare and Tralee – picturesque villages of Ireland. The Rock of Cashel and the fishing village of Youghal are also on our itinerary.
This is a unique tour which encompasses many different aspects of Ireland’s history. We invite you to travel with us on this very special trip in the summer of 2020!