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Quilting Tour - Ireland!



September 07 - 17th, 2015


$4480 Per Person

Single Supplement: $790

Tour cost includes
  • Transport by private coach with experienced local driver
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation as detailed in itinerary
  • Porterage – 1 case per person
  • Full breakfast each day
  • Four evening dinners
  • Entrance to Waterford crystal factory tour
  • Entrance to Queenstown Story Heritage Centre
  • Talk and demonstration by quilt artist Mary Palmer
  • Visit to Muckross House by horse drawn Jaunting Car
  • Entrance to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
  • Talk and demonstration by textile artist Ester Kiely
  • Talk and demonstration by weaver Francis Crowe
  • City sightseeing tour in Dublin
  • Talk and demonstration by quilt artist Ann Fleeton
  • Entrance to Powerscourt Gardens
Not included
Meals other than those listed
Drinks and items of personal expenditure
Gratuities to



Choose A Day:

Arrival Day - Sunday 6 September

Assemble at Premier Inn Dublin airport (overnight and meals not included in tour

Day 1 - Monday 7 September 

Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork

Meet with your escorts and driver and board your private coach for the start of this
exciting tour of southern Ireland. Leaving Dublin the route takes us south westwards to our first stop – the ancient town of Kilkenny dominated by its castle. Located in what was once the stable block for the castle is the Kilkenny Design Centre where dozens of the best craft people in Ireland have their products on show. Time for a coffee and to look around.

Back on the road for a short drive to Waterford. This port city dates back to 7000 BC when Stone age hunters gathered by the river Suir.. The city now sprawls along the banks of that river in the form of the Merchant’s Quay backed by a rabbit warren of small streets which form the main shopping area. We are making a visit the showroom and factory of the world famous company - Waterford Crystal. This is a modern factory covering over 40 acres and employing around 1600 workers. During the factory tour you will see the various skllls associated with the production of Waterford Crystal from blowing the molten glass to wedge cutting the finished piece on a diamond wheel. The last part of the journey brings us to the city of Cork – Ireland’s second largest city. There has been a settlement here from Stone Age times but today it is a vibrant industrial and University City with shops and restaurants that many people think equal those of Dublin. Just outside the city is the 4 star Maryborough Hotel where we stay for two nights.

This is a beautifully renovated 18th century house set in 14 acres of gardens.

Dinner is included tonight.

Overnight Maryborough Hotel, Cork

Day 2 - Monday 8 September  - Cork, Blarney, Cobh, Cork

An easy day today with very little travelling. A short drive from the hotel brings us to
the town of Blarney. High on the battlements of the ruined castle is the famous
Blarney Stone which promises the gift of eloquence to anyone who kisses it. This
does involve laying on your back and reaching backwards and downwards to reach
the Stone: not the most comfortable experience!

Far more comfortable is a visit to the Blarney Woollen Mills. Here you can find an
enormous array of woollen and leather goods, a food hall and a restaurant for a mid morning coffee. We will have time to look around Cork before driving down to the harbour side to visit the quilt store Purely Patchwork. Hopefully there will be an opportunity to meet up with some of their customers. By late afternoon we will be in the port of Cobh, In the early 1800’s and over a period of fifty years more than 40,000 convicts passed through Cobh to penal colonies in Australia and other countries for crimes ranging from petty theft to murder. In later times 3 million emigrants had their last glimpse of Ireland beforecrossing the Atlantic to the USA and Canada. All this history is well told at theQueenstown Story Heritage Centre.

Overnight Maryborough Hotel Cork

Day 3 - Wednesday 9 September - Innishallon, Bantry, Kenmare, Killarney

Today we visit the premises of quilt artist Mary Palmer in the village of Innishallon.
( We then travel west along the Beare peninsula to the town of Bantry superbly located on Bantry Bay. Time for a snack lunch before taking the scenic route over the hills to Kenmare a quiet, elegant town famous for its lace making.

The last part of our journey offers some outstanding scenery travelling mountain
roads over Moll’s Gap and into the Killarney National Park. Our hotel for the next two nights has superb panoramic views of the Kerry mountains. Dinner is included tonight

Overnight Randles Court Hotel, Killarney

Day 4 - Thursday 10 September - Killarney, Dingle, Tralee, Muckross House, Killarney

We drive up from Killarney on to the Dingle peninsula. The first stop is the quilt store
The Sewing Shed where there is the opportunity to browse around and enjoy a
coffee with the proprietors. We continue the scenic ride along the peninsula to the
town of Dingle where we can look in at the premises of weaver Lisbeth Mulcahy.
Time for a light lunch and then back to the mainland by a different route to the town of Tralee. There is a Rose of Tralee festival held here every year – just one long party by all accounts!

We arrive back in Killarney for a truly Irish experience – an hour long ride in a horse drawn jaunting car through forest tracks to Muckross House

Overnight Randles Court Hotel Killarney

Day 5 - Friday 11 September - Killarney, Adare, Limerick, Bunratty, Galway

Driving north we enter County Limerick in Adare, often described as ’the prettiest
village in Ireland’ because of its rows of thatched cottages. The Heritage Centre
restaurant makes a good coffee stop and for an unusual gift look in at Currans
Heraldry. You can check out your family coat of arms from their database of over
120,00 worldwide. Then on to Limerick founded by the Vikings in AD 922 on the
banks of the river Shannon. King John’s castle and St Mary’s cathedral dominate
the town.

A short drive north of Limerick brings us to Bunratty Castle and gardens. The Folk Park re creates a corner of 19th century Ireland with a number of reconstructed buildings and workplaces to make a village street. You can see thatchers, weavers, butter churners and bakers in authentic locations and you will be welcomed by costumed guides. Continuing westward we enter Co Clare and travel to the coast to see one of Ireland’s most striking seascape. These are the Cliffs of Moher, a natural rampart rising 208 metres (662 feet) facing Galway Bay. There are superb views of the Aran Islands and a 50 km stretch of coastline down to Loop Head.

The last part of our journey takes us across The Burren, a cluster of grey domed hills – a wild place devoid of any trees and vegetation. Our destination is Galway and we stay here for three nights in the four star Galway Bay Hotel. The hotel overlooks
Galway Bay and Galway’s Blue Flag beach. Dinner is included tonight.

Overnight Galway Bay Hotel.

Overnight Bruntsfield Hotel.



Day 6 - Saturday 12 September - Galway

A morning to relax in Galway City – the liveliest city in the west of Ireland. This is the
scene of the arts festival in July and for something completely different, the
International Oyster Festival in late September. Stroll through the Saturday market
and get a feel for the local life. Admire the colourful shop fronts around the Spanish
Arch. Look in at Claddagh Gold, the oldest makers of the Claddagh ring. Watch
hand painting of pots at the Judy Greene Pottery. Enjoy a meal or a drink at one of
the many bars, cafes and restaurants.

We will be back at the hotel by mid afternoon to meet Ester Kiely, a textile artist based at the nearby town of Tuam ( Her work place is too small to accommodate the group so she is bringing some examples of her work to
the hotel.

Overnight Galway Bay Hotel


Day 7 - 13 September - Galway, Oughterard, Galway

We drive into Connemara and to the village of Oughterard to visit ‘Rags for Linda’.
This is a quilt store housed in a private house and owner Linda will be there to greet
the group and talk about the quilts on show.

After a light lunch in a local pub we move on to two craft centres. The first of these is
Celtic crystal: the second is Connemara Marble.

Overnight Galway Hotel


Day 8 - 14 September - Galway, Roscommon, Athlone, Dublin

Today we travel east on our way back to Dublin but on the way we will make a
detour to the town of Roscommon to meet weaver Francis Crowe
( Francis lives deep in the country in a house with a
weaving shed built on to the back. We can watch her at the loom and also see some
examples of her work.

After lunch we travel down to the county town of Athlone to pick up the M6 motorway
into Dublin Our hotel for the next three nights is the 3 star Jury’s Inn on Parnell Street. We are close to O’Connell street, one of Dublin’s busiest and just a five minute walk to the Henry Street shopping area.

Overnight Jury’s Inn Parnell Street

Day 9 - Tuesday 15 September - Dublin

This morning we take a city sightseeing tour Dublin. Situated on the banks of the
river Liffey, Dublin is a compact city offering excellent shopping, superb museums
and art galleries, fine parks and gardens – and a strong sense of history.
Later in the morning we drive the short distance to Dun Laoghaire, a ferry port and
seaside resort and enjoy lunch overlooking the Irish Sea. Just a few miles away is
the area of Dublin known as Killiney and this is where we find the studios of quilt artist Ann Fleeton ( She will show us examples of her work and talk about her techniques.

Overnight Jurys Inn Parnell Street

Day 10 - Wednesday 16 September - Dublin, Bray, Powerscourt, Dublin

Just a short drive south from Dublin brings us to the town of Bray where we visit the
showroom and work area of Avoca Weavers Time to browse and take a coffee
before moving on to nearby Powerscourt House and Gardens. Though the house
has been restored to something approaching its original glory, the magnificent
gardens are the main attraction.

By midday we are back in Dublin where the afternoon is free for shopping or more
exploration (there’s a hop on hop off sightseeing bus service).The final dinner of the tour is included tonight when you can talk over the many experiences of this Irish tour with your escorts and fellow travellers.

Overnight Jury’s Inn Parnell Street

Day 11 - Thursday, Sept. 17

All good things must come to an end and so we bid a fond farewell at the end of a very memorable tour. As you fly homeward it will be with many delightful memories of an authentic Irish experience that will be recalled for years to come!
Transfer to Dublin airport for onward flights.

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