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SLIGO
carolan's grave
Carolan's Grave


Benbulben


Clonalis Harp

 
  WESTPORT

westport

downpatrick head

Downpatrick

grace o'malley

Granuaille (Grace O'Malley)

 
 

GALWAY

cong abbey

Cong Abbey

monk's fishing house

Monk's Fishing House

quiet man

Quiet Man statue

st patrick's day parade

St Patrick's Day Parade

 
 
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From Harpers' Escape & Holloway Travel in Ireland

 
sligo abbey Harp Tour of Ireland!
CANCELLED! March 11-19 CANCELLED!!
 

REGRETFULLY, THE TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

We have a great time on all our tours. Don't believe me? Read all about our 2019 tour. Want to be in Ireland for St. Patrick's Day? Now's the time to put our Harp Tour of Ireland on your vacation calendar and reserve your seat! If you've always wanted to go to Ireland, come with us. You don't have to be a harp player to love where we're going and what we'll be doing on the fifth Harp Tour of Ireland.
--Kathy DeAngelo

Just as the Harpers Escape always strived to stay small in size, our tour this year will be limited to just 24 people. It is “first come, first serve”. Reserve your seat with a deposit. It's a small tour but large in hospitality, friendship and conviviality. It is open to all. You don't have to be a musician to come! Please feel free to share the tour information with your friends and family! See the rest of this page has a simple itinerary for the 2024 tour, which will be 8 nights.

 
   

breakfast2024 Tour Includes:

  • Arrive at SHANNON Airport by 9am and we'll pick you up!
  • 2 Nights in Sligo
  • 3 Nights in Westport, County Mayo
  • 2 Nights in Galway
  • Final Night in Ennis (AM departure for Shannon)
  • Daily Full Irish breakfast at each hotel
  • 4 Hotel Dinners
  • Paid admissions to all touring sites
  • Daily doses of harp & trad music!
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • Driver/Guide

See our 2019 tour travelog. It's Ireland! There's plenty of history, breathtaking scenery and there will be plenty of traditional music! Here is our proposed route and some of the highlights along the route. Sightseeing events are subject to change, depending on weather and a variety of other unanticipated factors.

Trip Itinerarybreakfast

DAY 1 ARRIVAL: March 11
You arrive and Meet up with us at SHANNON Airport by 9am. If you want to do an early arrival (many are to avoid flight reschedule issues & jet lag) we'll have recommendation for a hotel soon.

Sligo Park Hotel

  • We'll stop for a bit of refreshment en route to Sligo and our coach driver will help us unwind from the flight with some from-the-coach sightseeing.

sligo abbeySLIGO

  • Sligo is Yeats County and we'd be remiss if we didn't stop into Drumcliff, where Yeats is buried, and gaze upon Benbulben off in the distance, which so inspired Yeats. Before checking in to our hotel, we'll visit the Dominican priory known as Sligo Abbey has dominated Sligo's eastern district since the town was founded in the mid-thirteenth century.
  • We'll have a lovely dinner at the hotel followed by an evening concert and session with Grainne Hambly to kick-off our tour's series of daily doses of music.

creevykeel megalithic tombs

DAY 2: March 12

  • We'll be up early and head into County Roscommon to visit O'Carolan's grave in Ballyfarnon. Our tour hasn't been here since 2019 and it'll be good to visit The Bard!
  • We'll cruise through the town of Keadue and really go back in time and tour the Iron-age Creevykeel Court Cairn and Carrowkeel Passage Tombs. These are some of the largest court cairns in Ireland and there are massive standing stones and megalithic chambers. Want to know more about megaliths?
  • Then it's on to Castlerea to get a personal tour of Clonalis House, the ancestral home of the O'Connor clan. We did this stop in 2018 and it was fantastic. We'll get to see the historic harp played by Carolan himself when he stayed with the O'Connors and taught Charles O'Connor the harp.
  • Our daily dose of music will be at the Coleman Cultural Center in Gurteen.

DAY 3: March 13

Downpatrick HeadWESTPORT, COUNTY MAYO

Fingers crossed for good weather for our trip from Sligo to Westport because there will be some stunning scenery along the coast!

Hotel Westport

  • Rosserk Abbey in Killala, our first stop, was built by the Joyce family in 1460 and is one of the finest examples of a preserved Franciscan friary.
  • Downpatrick Head is the headland and sea stack of Dún Briste (the broken fort). Beautiful and dramatic.
  • The Ceide Fields, just north of Downpatrick,is a Stone Age landscape of stone walled fields, houses and megalithic tombs over 5,000 years old. See the 370-ft cliffs from the visitor center viewing platform.
  • We do have alternate plans for an indoor activity if the weather is abysmal.
  • Dinner at the hotel. Daily dose of music

croagh patrickDAY 4: March 14
Today's coach & sightseeing stops, subject to change, depending on weather and a variety of other unanticipated factors.

  • Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay and the Irish Famine Memorial.
  • Louisburgh
  • Doolough famine memorial
  • Connemara Sheep and Wool Centre in Leenaun
  • Our daily dose of music: Concert/session at Matt Molloy's, one of the best-known pubs in Ireland

westport houseDAY 5: March 15

  • Tour of Westport House
  • Photos with the statue of Grace O'Malley
  • Our daily dose of music: Grainne & Billy's harp ensemble at the Westport Theater!

aughnanure castleDAY 6: March 16 in GALWAY
We leave first thing in the morning to do a bit of touring in Connemara en route to Galway.

Ardilaun Hotel, Galway

  • Cong straddles County Mayo and Galway and may be best known as the shooting location for the John Wayne/Maureen O'Hara film "The Quiet Man."
  • Cong Abbey and the Monk's Fishing House dating from the 7th-12th centuries!
  • Explore the town!
  • Clan O'Malley's Aughnanure Castle in Oughterard is actually a tower house and dates from the 16th century.
  • Check-in to the hotel & have dinner!
  • Daily dose of music to be announced

DAY 7: March 17 St. Patrick's Day in Galway
There's nothing like being in Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! We have a special treat planned. Our little tour group will carry a banner and march in Killarney's St. Patrick's Day parade to great fanfare. This will be a really fun event for everyone! Our daily dose of music will be all around us during the parade.

DAY 8: March 18 Final Night in Ennis

Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis

music music music

We encourage the players coming on this tour to bring their fiddles, flutes, tinwhistles, concertina and other trad instruments easily gotten on a plane. Don't worry harpers! We'll be arranging to have harps waiting for us in Ireland! We'll have to share but you will be able to get in some playing while you're there.

Gráinne Hambly & William Jackson and Kathy DeAngelo & Dennis Gormley will be our resident, lead musicians.

Guest Musicians To be Announced .

 
   

downpatrick head2024 Tour Pricing:

PRICE PER PERSON: $2859*
(does not include airfare)


Rooms are double-occupancy.
Cost for Single rooms: $3359 (only 4 available).
All seats are first come/first serve. A $500 deposit reserves your seat!

We'd love to have you join us. Please don't procrastinate to reserve your seat. To get on our early invitation list, email Kathy..

*Passengers will make their own travel arrangements. ARRIVAL: Coach pick-up at Shannon at 9am March 11. We will probably have a large number of people coming early (to avoid flight issues and get over jet lag). I'll announce soon the best place to stay in that case--if enough people come early we may do the pickup there. We advise travelers to purchase their own travel insurance. We cannot refund last-minute cancellations.
**Price based on prevailing exchange rate and on 24 passengers traveling. Rate may change depending on exchange rate changes or fewer passengers.

Cancellations & Refunds: You may cancel your reservation and get a full refund up to January 30, 2024. You may also transfer your reservation to another person at any time. We might be able to help you find someone to take your reservation. We advise purchasing travel insurance.

 
   

Tour organizers

I want you to be completely confident in how this tour will be organized and managed! Here are the folks who are involved in making the Harp Tour of Ireland the trip experience of a lifetime!

Kathy DeAngelo, Tour director

Kathy DeAngelo organized the annual Harpers' Escape Weekend for 24 years. If you've been to the Escape, you know her well! The hallmark of the Escape was its cozy size, which we're carrying into this tour. She and her husband Dennis Gormley have been performing traditional music for more than 40 years. Kathy's organizational skills are legendary. You may know her as the director of the Somerset Folk Harp Festival, the largest folk harp conference in the United States. She, Dennis and Grainne Hambly are your on-site musical hosts for the tour.
Contact Kathy: email or phone 856-795-7637

Seamus Buckley & Holloway Travel

seamusSeamus has been coordinating with us for the past 4 tours. Seamus specializes in individually tailoring tours to meet his client interests and has a deep appreciation for traditional music and dance.

grainne hamblyGrainne Hambly

Gráinne Hambly is one of Ireland's leading traditional harp performers and teachers. She has been on staff at the Harpers' Escape for 20 years and now we get to hear her on her own turf in Ireland! Gráinne is our musical coordinator for the tour, arranging our daily dose of harp and traditional music. You can expect to see and hear her husband, noted Scottish harper, William Jackson in one of our concerts as well.

   

 

 
   
   
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