t really is the Emerald Isle, overwhelmed with shades of green, beautiful to behold, fascinating to visit, and imbued with a history of Celtic tribalism and warfare, full of tragedy, struggle and hardship mixed with irresistible humor, good cheer, superstition, and trust in God. We will travel from the “stone age” of Druidic paganism, through the conversion to Christ of most of the island, to the long and bloody attempts to maintain independence while resisting foreign control. We will clamber over ancient castles, abbeys and churches and visit quaint historic towns that connect the past and present in music, dance, and cuisine. Our tour will include sites vital to the story of the RMS Titanic, battlefields, museums, and living history, as well as ample free time to shop and explore your Irish roots, helping personalize the experience even more. “Unforgettable” hardly describes what’s ahead with Landmark Events.
(June 20-22, 25, 30)
Founded as a Viking settlement, Dublin emerged as Ireland’s principal city following the Norman invasion in the 1200. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire before the Acts of Union in 1800. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State, later renamed Ireland. The Easter Rising of 1916, the Irish War of Independence, and the subsequent Irish Civil War resulted in a significant amount of physical destruction in central Dublin, as we will see at the Grand Post Office.
We will make our headquarters in the heart of Dublin, at the O’Callaghan Mont Clare Hotel, situated beside Merrion Square, one of Dublin’s largest and grandest Georgian squares. Three sides are lined with Georgian redbrick townhouses, residences of past and present notables. Poet and novelist Oscar Wilde, lived at No. 1, poet W. B. Yeats at No. 82, and Daniel O’Connell at No. 58. Just one block from the National Gallery and National Museum of Ireland, and five minutes from Trinity University and the Book of Kells, you will have Dublin at your doorstep, just waiting to be explored!