Our J2A group made its pilgrimage to Ireland in July 2012.

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Our pilgrimage will be 7 nights and 8 days in Ireland. Here’s a synopsis of our tentative itinerary
Depart (July 19)
1:25 p.m. - Buffalo (Continental #67) to JFK (arrive 2:57 p.m.)
5:40 p.m. - JFK (Aer Lingus #104) to Dublin (arrive at 5:20 a.m. next day)
Day 1 (July 20)
We will NOT have time in Dublin to visit Trinity College (or any other place) on the day of our arrival. The "monastery raiding" referenced will be the ruins at Glendalough in County Wicklow, which will be a spectacular beginning to Celtic Christianity. St. Kevin in 498 came here and established a monastery. The wide array of ruins includes a tall "round tower." FYI, Leinster Way Holiday Hostel is simply a name change for the place originally listed - Ferry House Holidays. We'll be spending all our nights at this place just outside New Ross.
Day 2 (July 21)
New Ross (in County Wexford), with a population of about 4700, will be our visit on Saturday. Relatively recently a replica of a full-scale 1845 "famine ship" was dedicated, and we'll visit here. JFK's family is from this area, and we will have an opportunity to talk about the emigration in the mid-19th century.
Day 3 (July 22)
The Church of Ireland is the Anglican Church, and Christ Church Cathedral is the Anglican Cathedral in Waterford (population 46,000). I'm not sure what will be on the itinerary. This is the home of famed Waterfold Crystal. Waterford Castle also is here
Day 4 (July 23)
St. Mullins and Graigneumanagh are very tiny communities in County Carlow. Each includes ruins. Each also includes a "tall cross," one of the highlights of pilgrimages. Hiking is involved.
Day 5 (July 24)
I don't know where Coomshannon is. Shawn Small (owner of Wonder Voyage) says, "This is one of my top five most beautiful places in the world." Bring swimwear if you wish a very chilly swim
Day 6 (July 25)
This will be our visit to the southeast coast of Ireland in County Wexford. If we don't get a castle earlier, there's a possibility of a castle visit today. To be clear - we will be spending this night in New Ross (not in Dublin).
Day 7 (July 26)
Our rising will be early this morning, as we will need to drop of the Salem group at the Dublin airport early in the morning. I've spoken with Wonder Voyage about the possibility of our having some free time in Dublin prior to our flight (mid-afternoon). That's still in the conversation.
2:15 p.m. - Dublin (Aer Lingus #137) to Boston (arrive 4:15 p.m.)
7:45 p.m. - Boston (Continental #1219) to Buffalo (arrive 9:17 p.m.)