Our Hosts Batt and Maura Burns will share an intimate look at their beautiful country of Ireland
08/23/2010 - 08/23/2010 74 °F
Batt and Muara Burns have been hosting unique tours of Ireland, which endeavour to help travellers feel and sense the “ Real” Ireland. As a former teacher, current performer and author, Burns is uniquely competent to lead tours which immerse participants in the music, song, dance, storytelling, literature and rich history of The Emerald Isle. Each group is personally escorted by Batt.
We arrive at Shannon Airport around 9am August 31st after an overnight flight from New York City and are transported to the scenic, beautiful, remote village of Sneem in the Kerry Hills. This village, which won the National Award for the best kept village in Ireland in 1987, is Batt’s home village where a hearty welcome, the best of food and fine accommodation await you. Here you will become part of village life for a few days as you mix with locals in the pubs, learn Gaelic song and hear traditional music from Maura Burns, hear talks on history, folklore and storytelling from Batt Burns, watch a farmer cut peat in the traditional style, walk some exquisite mountain trails or take a boat trip in Kenmare Bay.
"On one of our nights together we will join Maura and Batt Burns for an Irish " hooley" or old style party in a local pub."
We will do some side trips to the famous Staigue Fort, a pre-Christian stone fort where Batt will share some of the fairy lore of this area, in addition to visiting Derrynane House, once home to the famous Liberator, Daniel O'Connel.
The Dingle Peninsula will be visited as well as The National Folk Theatre in Tralee where we will attend an exhilarating performance. Blarney Castle with its famous Blarney Stone is often included as is the famous Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland's most famous ancient site.
Two nights are usually spent in Ireland's capital city, and Trinity Collegewith its famous Book of Kells, St. Patric's Cathedral (Jonathan Swift ), Georgian Dublin and The National Museum are among the stops on the itinerary. Batt will fill us in on the many literary associations and he will also take you to a performance at the famous Abbey Theatre. Ample time will be provided for shopping and exploring on your own.
Northern Ireland will also feature visits to Belfast and Derry, the wonderful Glens of Antrim and The Giants Causeway, one of
the geological wonders of the world. Yeats Country ( Sligo ) is always included and Batt will recite poetry at the grave of W.B.Yeats at Drumcliffe Churchyard.Time will be spent in Galway and Connemara and The Burren area of County Clare together with the Cliffs of Moher will also be visited.A medieval banquet in Bunratty castle will form an
enjoyable finale to a memorable trip.
Please enjoy this great trip with dad and I and as two Scot's we might get a few comments like up your kilt but we are going to strenthen peace and solitarity for all Celts so stick that in your bag pipe and smoke it.