Irealnd Trip Itinerary

HAVERFORD COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM

HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTHERN IRELAND & DUBLIN

Personally Escorted By: Coach Mike Mucci

FINAL ITINERARY

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DAY 01 FRIDAY – NEWARK
10 OCT

Gather at Newark International Airport and board your Flight for the overnight flight to Ireland. Enjoy meals and snacks enroute and arrive the next morning with a grand time of sightseeing, touring, fun and exploring ahead.

MEALS SERVED IN FLIGHT

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DAY 02 SATURDAY – BELFAST 11 OCT

Arrive Belfast International Airport at 9:00am and transfer into the lovely modern  city of Belfast, ideally located on an inlet of the sea and cupped by soft green hills. Long famous for its linens, its rope making and its ship-building, Belfast is also the place where ginger ale was invented. Upon arrival your sightseeing tour shows you the City Hall in Donegal Square, a huge Renaissance palazzo with four corner towers and a massive dome; St. Anne’s Cathedral; the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, popularly known as the Big Ben of Belfast; Belfast Castle and much more. Afterwards, transfer to your hotel with the remainder of the day free for relaxation or your own exploration. This evening gather together for a 6:30pm Welcome Dinner.

HOTEL: THE DAYS HOTEL

DINNER

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DAY 03 SUNDAY – BELFAST 12 OCT

Set wake-up calls for 8:00am. 9:00am Breakfast at hotel.

Some free time for Mass. At 10:30am depart hotel. At 11:00am Haverford will participate in a basketball clinic at Lisburn. At 12:15pm light tea social with basketball players. Belfast’s troubled history has seen many tragedies and atrocities. These atrocities are illustrated in the many murals painted on the sides of houses which you will see (1:00pm) as you travel up the historic Falls Road. Francis Dick will accompany the group. These murals are today a major Belfast attraction for tourists and were a way for the residents of Belfast’s troubled areas to get their points across. Some are commemorations and some are memorials. The afternoon is free for your own activities. This evening Haverford will transfer to St. Malachy’s College for a 6:00pm game or scrimmage.

BREAKFAST

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DAY 04 MONDAY – BELFAST / CORRYMEELA / GIANT’S CAUSEWAY / LONDONDERRY 13 OCT

Set wake-up calls for 6:30am. 7:30am Breakfast at hotel.

At 8:30am depart hotel and journey north to the Corrymeela Community, a Christian peace-building centre. The centre aims to provide a place where young people and others from a divided society can meet and get to know each other as a first step to healing divisions and as a stepping stone towards reconciliation. During the period known at “the troubles” Corrymeela became one of the most important peace organizations in Northern Ireland. Next, on to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge on the Antrim Coast. It is a little walk out to the rope bridge but the views and adventure make the hike all worthwhile. Take a walk over this 80 foot high, wind swept bridge then hike back to your motorcoach and continue along the north coast to Giant’s Causeway –  World Heritage Site, one of Ireland’s most extraordinary natural phenomena. At the Visitor Center board a mini bus (cost must be paid directly) and transfer to the Grand Causeway – a rock formation of polygonal basalt columns varying in size and height. Some of the groups of columns have fanciful names – the Lady’s Fan; the Giant’s Organ; the Horseshoe and so on. The most impressive, reached by way of the  Shepherd’s Path, is the Amphitheatre, with columns up to 80 feet high and numerous lower blocks of basalt resembling giant seats. After your visit, continue on to Londonderry and transfer to your hotel. 7:00pm Dinner tonight at your hotel.

HOTEL: THE CITY HOTEL

BREAKFAST / DINNER

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DAY 05 TUESDAY – LONDONDERRY / EXCURSION TO BUSHMILLS & OMAGH 14 OCT

Set wake-up calls for 6:30am. 7:30am Breakfast at hotel.

At 8:30am depart hotel. Your excursion takes you to the Old Bushmills Distillery, Ireland’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery. Explore the Visitors Centre, take a tour and spend some time to purchase souvenirs at the coffee, gift and whiskey shops. Next, on to visit the Ulster American Folk Park in Co. Tyrone. The museum is dedicated to the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th & 19th centuries and provides visitors with a loving historic experience on its outdoor site. Afterwards, transfer to the game venue where Haverford will meet the Jordanstown Basketball Team for an 8:00pm game.

BREAKFAST

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DAY 06 WEDNESDAY – LONDONDERRY / BALLINA 15 OCT

Set wake-up calls for 7:00am. 8:00am Breakfast at hotel.

At 9:00am depart hotel. The old town of Londonderry is surrounded by the best preserved town walls in the United Kingdom. After breakfast this morning your walking tour takes you onto the city walls for fine views over the city. Visit the Bogside with memories of the past conflicts. Meet the Lord Mayor then continue to the 17th century St. Columb’s Cathedral. Cross the border into the Republic of Ireland to the town of Ballina in Co. Mayo. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Later, Haverford will participate in a basketball clinic and meet the Ballina Basketball Team for a 7:30pm game.

HOTEL: THE DOWNHILL INN

BREAKFAST

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DAY 07 THURSDAY – BALLINA / DUBLIN 16 OCT

Set wake-up calls for 7:00am. 8:00am Breakfast at hotel.

At 9:00am depart hotel and travel east across Ireland to the “Fair City” of Dublin. At 2:00pm your guided sightseeing tour shows you Old Parliament; St. Patrick’s Cathedral; the General Post Office, referred to as the G.P.O., headquarters of “the Rising” in 1916. The interior was destroyed when the British shelled the building. Drive along O’Connell Street, Ireland’s widest and premier street lined in the middle with statues commemorating many Irish heroes, not least of all the monument to Daniel O’Connell – “the Liberator’, after whom the street is named, Parnell – the great patriot, and big Jim Larkin – the labour leader and most recent addition. After your tour, transfer to your hotel with the rest of the day free for your own activities. This evening Haverford will meet the Killester Team for an 8:00pm game.

HOTEL: THE TEMPLE BAR HOTEL

BREAKFAST

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DAY 08 FRIDAY – DUBLIN 17 OCT

Set wake-up calls for 7:00am. 8:00am Breakfast at hotel.

At 9:20am depart hotel and walk the short distance to visit Trinity College. The College’s principal attraction is the library with its priceless collection of old books and manuscripts, including the 8th century Book of Kells. The afternoon is free for your own activities. Be sure to shop for souvenirs along Grafton and O’Connell Streets. Temple Bar is an area whose narrow streets have become a hive of activity. It has art galleries, recording studios, craft shops, and a variety of restaurants. 6:30pm Dinner tonight at your hotel.

BREAKFAST / DINNER

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DAY 09 SATURDAY – DUBLIN / NEWARK 18 OCT

Set wake-up calls for 6:00am. 6:45am Breakfast at hotel.

All good things must come to an end. At 7:45am depart hotel and transfer to Dublin Airport and board your flight, departing at 10:55am and returning you to the U.S.A. Arrive in Newark at 1:20pm with many unforgettable memories!

BREAKFAST / MEALS SERVED IN FLIGHT