Departure: May 12, 2018
Duration: 10 days
Meeting Place: Dublin, Ireland
Day 1: Welcome to Ireland (Éire)!!
- At 5pm we will meet at our B&B for an informal meet and greet to get acquainted, with a delightful light cocktail reception provided by our gracious hosts at Ariel House.
Day 2: Let’s Discover Dublin (An Baile Átha Cliath)!
- We will travel into Dublin to meet our local guide who will take us around to get acquainted with the city and find out about its vibrant culture. After the walking tour, we will have lunch, and then we will visit Trinity College, home of the incredible library and of course, the ancient and extraordinary Book of Kells.
- You will then have some free time to explore on your own.
Day 3: Newgrange/Malahide
- Today we will visit Newgrange, the site of a 5000 year old megalithic tomb with ancient carved stones. After lunch, we will go to the town of Malahide, where we will visit their castle. (Guided tour) and spend some time in this delightful town.
- You are free for dinner and evening.
Day 4: Temple Bar Day!!
- We will visit the Graphic Studio Gallery first, with an opportunity to explore modern applications of this art form, and then on to the Gallery of Photography.
- Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch in this vibrant area.
- We will take a walk to the Famine Sculpture to see this extraordinary representation of a very troubling time for the Irish people.
- Some free time before dinner will allow you to further explore this historic area.
- This evening, we will meet at Gogarty’s Pub to enjoy an evening of music and history with the famous Musical Pub Crawl
Temple Bar is an area on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin, Ireland. The area is bounded by the Liffey to the north, Dame Street to the south, Westmoreland Street to the east and Fishamble Street to the west.
Day 5: Gallery/Fun Day!!
- Today we will visit a number of wonderful galleries – large and small!
- Firstly, we’ll visit the Hugh Lane Gallery, also known as the City Gallery. It features a recreated studio of Francis Bacon. Next, will be introduced to the extraordinary works at the Oriel Gallery, a family owned and operated gallery where Irish art is at its best…It is Dublin’s oldest independent gallery, which features art from the 19 – 21st centuries.
- Our lunch today will have a literary theme, with a special guest joining us to talk about the current scene in Ireland.
- After lunch we will investigate the outdoor gallery at St. Stephen’s Green, a beautiful city space that invites you to stroll through and visit, weather permitting, with the local artists who display their work along the north fence.
- You are free for the remainder of the afternoon / evening to shop on Grafton Street, visit the Little Museum, or revisit the many places you have encountered already!
Day 6: Welcome to Cork (Corcaigh)!
- We will depart Dublin and travel to the city of Cork.
- After a scenic drive through the Irish countryside, we will arrive at the Blarney Castle for a look at this iconic structure, and of course, have an opportunity to climb the tower and have a go at giving the stone a kiss to get the “gift of the gab”.
- We will also have some time for lunch and shopping at Blarney Woolen Mills– a lovely place for beautiful local souvenirs.
- We will continue on to Cork. After our busy day on the road you are welcome to enjoy some free time.
- This evening we will have dinner at Cafe Paradiso, a wonderful vegetarian restaurant within walking distance from our hotel.
Day 7: Cork Gallery Day
- This morning we will visit the Glucksman Gallery. It is a cultural and educational institution that promotes the research, creation and exploration of the visual arts.
- Then on to the Crawford Gallery, a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary.
- Lunch will be at the Crawford Gallery Café!
- We will continue on to meet the extraordinary Joseph Walsh at his studio. Joseph is world renown, and works with wood, creating incredible sculptures.
- We will then return to our hotel in Cork, and your evening will be free to explore the city, including the famous English Market.
The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is a cultural and educational institution that promotes the research, creation and exploration of the visual arts. Located at the main entrance to University College Cork on Western Road, the Glucksman is an award-winning building that includes display spaces, lecture facilities, a riverside restaurant and gallery shop.
Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. The permanent collection comprises over 2500 works, ranging from eighteenth century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations. At the heart of the collection is a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture casts, brought to Cork in 1818 from the Vatican Museum in Rome.
Day 8: Kinsale!! (Cionn tSáile)
- Kinsale is a very walkable place, so wear comfortable shoes and enjoy!
- We will meet with the delightful Barry Moloney, a Kinsale resident and expert guide, to learn about this lovely seaside town. Then we will join local artist Sarah O’Brien for Drawing Walk – a chance to stretch your creative muscles.
- After lunch, we will visit the studio/gallery of artist Philip Gray, a charming Irish painter who has a unique talent that he will enjoy sharing with us.
Day 9: Kinsale
- The morning is free for you to spend however you wish in Kinsale.
- Optionally, a trip to Cobh, a charming historical seaside town, may be available.
- After lunch, we will visit the studio of photographer Giles Norman, a local artist who has had a lovely gallery in Kinsale for many years, and whose extraordinary black and white images reflect his love for Ireland.
- At 4pm, we will meet with local historian Veronica Stuart, and we will learn all about the exquisite art of lacemaking, and perhaps create a charming souvenir!
Day 10: Return to Dublin
- On our way back to Dublin with a stop at the historic building that houses Midleton Distillery, and have a chance to take a look at the fascinating art of Whiskey making in Ireland.
- Afterwards, we will continue on to Dublin. This evening, we will meet up and enjoy a farewell dinner at The Farm restaurant to celebrate our time together in this wonderful, beautiful and amazing country – IRELAND! (Éire)
Day 11: Depart for the airport (or to your own next destination)