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Do you love Ireland and all things Irish?

By Judy Newell

Discover the allure of Ireland’s landscape, gardens and castles, its Celtic past, and people quick to share their wit over a pint at an intriguing seminar on Tuesday, April 23, at 3 pm in the Sala Quetzal. Judy Newell of Perfect Journeys will talk about the Emerald Isle and the private small group tour from San Miguel that will go there in September.

Do you love Ireland and all things Irish?
Celebrate “The Gathering 2013”
Travel Tuesdays Presentation
Tue, Apr 23, 3pm

There’s never been a better time to visit Ireland. In 2013 the people of Ireland are hosting an unprecedented year-long celebration of everything that is unique and great about Ireland and you are invited to join in. There will be over 400 festivals and events this year.

“Celebrate The Gathering 2013 in Ireland” is an18-day private tour September 21–October 8, 2013. The tour features the top historic and cultural sites in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, three wonderful festivals and a two-night stay in Dromoland Castle, one most of the most distinguished five star-castle hotels in the world.

The three featured festivals are:

In the vibrant streets of Galway, Ireland’s cultural heart, indulge in the Galway Oyster Festival, the largest seafood festival in the world. Watch the international “fastest shucker” competition and dine on fabulous seafood.

Have a fun day at an Irish county fair in Ratheniska, Co. Laois. The National Ploughing Championship is chockfull of food, heritage, crafts and farming. Watch giant draft horses plow the straightest fields, sheepdog trials, and local farmers with their prize animals.

The world-famous Dublin Theatre Festival is Europe’s oldest theatre festival. We’ll be there for a weekend and you can purchase tickets to the events of your choice before leaving home. This year celebrates “Your City, Your Stories,” putting Dublin at the very heart of the festival.

In Northern Ireland walk the ancient walls of Derry, visit the Titanic Museum in Belfast, explore the mystical landscape of Giant’s Causeway and understand Irish emigration at the Ulster American Folk Park.

You’ll journey through isolated fishing villages, verdant farmland, and medieval and early-Christian sites, kiss the Blarney stone, visit castles and ruins, then sip a Jameson Irish whiskey or a pint of Guinness as you relax in a pub with traditional music providing a soundtrack to your Irish adventure.



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