Ireland Rugby Tour – Sample A
Afternoon arrival in Dublin via London
Arrive Kinlay House Hostel, Dublin
Dinner is served in Copper Alley Bistro
09.30hrs Depart Hostel
10.45hrs Arrive Glendalough, Wicklow
Glendalough "the glen of the two lakes", is a truly spellbinding place - an ancient monastic settlement and two clear water lakes beneath the sheer cliffs of a deep valley which was carved out by glaciers during the Ice Age. The monastic settlement has been a centre for pilgrims and visitors since its foundation by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Kevin is thought to have come from the more fertile lands of County Kildare and like many other men of sanctity in early times, desired solitude for his life of prayer and contemplation. Thus he withdrew into the thinly peopled mountains and set up his hermitage at Glendalough. The settlement expanded and flourished for many years before being finally destroyed in the 16th century. The present remains, some of the most important of their kind in Ireland, tell only a small part of the monastic story. The buildings which survive - round tower, cathedral, stone churches and decorated crosses - probably date from between the 8th and 12th centuries. The famous Round Tower, about 34m high and 16m in circumference at the base, is still in near perfect condition even though it is almost 1,000 years old.
12.30hrs Depart Glendalough via Wicklow Gap
14.00hrs Arrive Naas RFC (County Kildare)
Naas RFC is a family friendly and community focused club. We currently have almost 550 registered players competing at all age groups from Senior to Junior, Under 20s, Ladies, Youths and Mini rugby and are always keen to welcome new members, players and coaches. There are excellent playing facilities comprising 3 pitches, floodlights, and all weather training facilities together with modern club house.
18.15hrs Depart Naas
19.00hrs Return to the hostel
20.00hrs Dinner is served in Copper Alley Bistro
09.15hrs Check-out and depart hostel
09.30hrs Guinness Storehouse
At GUINNESS STOREHOUSE® you'll discover all there is to know about the world famous beer. Housed in an old Fermentation Plant at St James's Gate, the seven storey visitor experience tells the history of the making of Ireland's
iconic drink. It is a dramatic story that begins 250 years ago and ends in Gravity® Bar where visitors will receive a complimentary soft drink while relaxing and enjoying spectacular views over Dublin.
11.30hrs Depart Guinness
13.30hrs Arrive rock of Cashel
A spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral.
15.00hrs Depart Cashel
17.00hrs Arrive Ballincollig RFC –
Training session at Ballincollig RFC
19.00hrs Depart Ballincollig
19.45hrs Arrive Hostel
Cork City is the third largest city in Ireland and is delightfully situated at the mouth of the beautiful river Lee. It is often said of Cork City that it has all the amenities of a large city, but still manages to retain its pleasant atmosphere and extreme friendliness, which you will experience on your visit.
History of Cork:
Cork started out as a monastic settlement in the 8th century, founded by St Finbar, on an island in the swampy estuary of the River Lee (the name Corcaigh means a marsh), and gradually climbed up the steep banks on either side.Today the river flows through Cork city in two main channels, so that you find yourself constantly crossing bridges. Some of the main streets are built over channels where ships nuzzled their anchor-chains a century ago. Along the South Mall, you will see large gateways at street level, under steps leading to a higher main door. These were once boathouses, when merchants arrived at their warehouses by water. As the hilly streets go up and down, so do the voices of the citizens with their characteristic sing-song cadence.
20.30hrs Dinner at the 4 Liars restaurant
09.30hrs Depart hostel
10.30hrs Arrive Bandon Grammer School –
11.00hrs Matches against Bandon Grammer School – for the boys
13.00hrs Depart Bandon
13.30hrs Arrive Clonakilty
The town won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition in 1999 and every year since has gained awards for its environmental efforts. The cleanliness is the result in part of the voluntary efforts of local shopkeepers and staff. In 2003 Clonakilty also became Ireland’s first ever official Fair Trade Town. In 2007 it was awarded the status of European Destination of Excellence by the European Commission at a ceremony in Portugal and is Ireland's first recipient of this prestigious title.
16.00hrs Depart Clonaklity
16.45hrs Arrive Bandon RFC –
17.30hrs Match for Girls against local team
22.00hrs Depart Bandon RFC
22.45hrs Arrive hostel
08.15hrs Depart hostel
09.00hrs Arrive Cobh –
Titanic Trail Cobh
The Titanic Trail is a fascinating Guided Heritage Tour. It explores the town of Cobh. Cork Harbour which was the last port of call of RMS Titanic. Locations are visited such as the White Star Line Office, the Lusitania Memorial and the famous St. Colman's Cathedral. All of the buildings, streets and piers of Cobh town have been architecturally preserved. This site will provide all information that you need on you visit to Cobh, Cork from restaurants to hotels. Join me on a journey that unveils a diversity of Emigrant, Military and Maritime History and reach across the mists of time.
11.00hrs Depart Cobh
12.00hrs Arrive Cork, - time at leisure in Cork
15.00hrs Depart Cork
16.30hrs Arrive Killarney –time at leisure in Killarney
17.30hrs Depart town centre
17.45hrs Arrive Killarney
Killarney is a town in County Kerry, southwestern Ireland. The town is in a deep valley in the MacGillicuddy Reeks, beside the Lakes of Killarney and part of the Killarney National Park. It is home to St. Mary's Cathedral, Ross Castle, Muckross Abbey and Innisfallen Island, the location of a ruined monastery. Commanding spectacular views over the mountains and lakes of Killarney, this hostel is fully equipped with modern facilities whilst maintaining the charm and character of an historic building in peaceful surroundings. Killarney is a lively hub of activity, with many restaurants, pubs, discos, along with outlets for renting bikes, cars and the famous jaunting cars.
Opportunity for training session at hostel
09.30hrs Depart hostel
11.00hrs Arrive in Dingle (via Inch Strand) and begin Slea Head Drive a panoramic sight-seeing tour of the Dingle Peninsula.
There is no other landscape in Western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as the Dingle Peninsula. This mountainous finger of land which juts into the Atlantic Ocean has supported various tribes and populations for almost 6,000 years. Because of the peninsula's remote location, and lack of specialised agriculture, there is a remarkable preservation of over 2,000 monuments. It is impossible to visit the Dingle Peninsula and not be impressed by its archaeological heritage. When one combines each site's folklore and mythology, which have been passed orally from generation to generation through the Irish language, one can begin to understand how unique and complex is the history of this peninsula.
14.00hrs Arrive Dingle
Matches for both boys & girls teams in Dingle
21.00hrs Depart Dingle
2200hrs Arrive Hostel
08.30hrs Depart hostel
10.30hrs Arrive Limerick
Cliffs of Moher
See the Cliffs of Moher which rise 200 m out of the water and extend for 8 Km – next stop America We will travel through Burren which is a vast limestone plateau in North West Clare. On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands.
16.00hrs Arrive Dromoland Inn
Enjoy the leisure facilities with some extra time to relax
19.30hrs Depart hotel
19.50hrs Arrive Bunratty Castle
20.45hrs Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle
The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Today, the castle stands peacefully in delightful grounds. The houses and cottages of the folk park spread out at the foot of its massive walls, much in the way that the cottages and crofts of old would have clustered around its base. We invite you to wander through the castle and marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country which brings to life a vital part of our Medieval past.
22.00hrs Depart Bunratty
22.30hrs Arrive hotel
08.30hrs Depart hotel
12.30hrs Arrive in Trim – driver reserved in the hotel
Enjoy lunch in Trim Castle Hotel
14.00hrs Depart hotel
15.00hrs Arrive Aviva Stadium for 6 Nations game
21.00hrs Arrive hotel n
08.00hrs Morning departure from Hotel
09.00hrs Check in for flight to London and onto Toronto
10.45hrs Flight departs
“All happy endings are beginnings as well.” Irish Proverb
Please note that the itinerary may be subject to change.