~Living History and Heritage~Music~Archeology~Natural History~Cultural Traditions~
“Author and academic, Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is one of Ireland’s
leading authorities in Irish cultural history and global diaspora.
He can take a million fragments and put them back together into the Big Picture.”
Dr Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin –Irish History and Heritage expert– is Johnson Chair of Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University in Montréal and formerly Smurfit Stone Professor of Irish Studies at UM-St Louis.
A leading authority on Irish culture and heritage, Dr Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is a 5th generation Irish traditional musician, scholar and former member of the legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band.
Over the past 30 years, he has presented more than 1,000 concerts, lectures and workshops on four continents. Since 2009, he has held the bilingual Johnson Chair in Québec and Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University (Montréal). He is also the former Jefferson Smurfit Chair of Irish Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (2000-2009).
In the simpler days of childhood, master musicians would call to the Ó hAllmhuráin family home in the West of Ireland, to share tunes and stories over bottomless cups of tea and his mother’s famous brown bread. They were eyewitnesses to extraordinary political, religious and cultural changes throughout the country.
* EASY IRISH LESSON #1: How to correctly pronounce Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin’s name: “Ga-RODE” “O-HALL-ver-awn”
Irish History and Heritage Tour Highlights–
- Travel with Ireland’s noted cultural historian, author and award-winning traditional musician
- Meet locals and enjoy expert-led excursions
- Discover spectacular natural beauty
- Enjoy nightly musical sessions and private recitals
- Explore a living history and heritage of Ireland, dating to the mesolithic period
- Immerse yourself in rich culture and heritage
- Explore Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (Galway, Clare, Limerick, Mayo, Connemara and Kerry)
- Enjoy nightly musical sessions and recitals
TIME TO EXPLORE
- Learn about the extraordinary events of 1916, which placed Ireland on the road to independence from Britain
- Stand at the edge of the 702 foot high Cliffs of Moher
- Walk around the semi circular stone fort of Dún Aonghasa, on the island of Inis Mór.
- Imagine the Irish who lived at the hilltop from c.1500 BC
- Visit the castle of the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley
- Spend time in Craggaunowen – a interactive heritage site revealing Irish life in the Iron Age
- Engage with ancient Irish archaeology at Caherconnell Stone Fort–which dates to Viking invasions
- Encounter dramatic shadows of the Great Famine (1850) –which caused a million deaths and a million to across the ocean
MAGNIFICENT NATURAL SCENERY
- Experience the breathtaking Burren karst landscape–a cracked lunar bedrock of glacial-era limestone, with cliffs and caves, fossils and rock formations
- Ponder the iconic megalithic tomb at Poulnabrone dating from the Neolithic period–one of Ireland’s most photographed archaeological sites
- Climb the gravelly incline of Ireland’s sacred mountain, Croagh Patrick, or rest at Teach na Miasa visitor centre to watch others follow in St Patrick’s footsteps
- Wind around the Ring of Kerry –beautiful mountains, lakes and hidden vistas
- Explore archaeological monuments along the Dingle Peninsula, which National Geographic Traveler once described as “the most beautiful place on earth.”
- Behold the 1200-year-old Gallarus Oratory–an early Christian stone church and rare prehistoric Fahan Beehive Huts
- Cruise along the majestic River Corrib onto Lough Corrib, the Irish Republic’s largest lake, past castles and various sites of historical and cultural interest
ENJOY THE COMPANY OF THE LOCAL IRISH
- Learn useful Irish expressions– the oldest spoken language in western Europe
- Step out for a traditional dance or try your hand at learning a simple tune on the traditional whistle
- Meet members of the Kilfenora Céilí Band–Ireland’s oldest continually surviving dance band
- Explore Galway City, European Capital of Culture (2020)
- Meet local artists and craft designers
- Be welcomed as a royal visitor at Bunratty Castle’s famed medieval banquet and theatrical performance
- Visit Claddagh Village–inspiration for the timeless Claddagh Ring
- Savor locally sourced cuisine and perhaps try your hand at scavenging for nutritional seaweed
- And much more! See the complete itinerary and your reservation form.
PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS provided by CelticTours World Vacations (Albany, NY)
- 9 nights hotel accommodations
- 9 full breakfast daily (except day of arrival)
- 4 hotel dinners plus Bunratty Castle Banquet
- Quin Abbey
- Bunratty Folk Park
- Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
- Caherconnell Fort & Sheepdog demonstration
- Aran Island Ferry and island tour to Dun Aonghasa
- Kylemore Abbey (photo stop)
- Muckross House
- Kilfenora Burren Museum
- Lough Corrib Boat Cruise
- Galway Walking tour
- All transportation and sightseeing via deluxe touring motor coach
- Tips and taxes on items included
Get to know your History and Heritage of Ireland guide
Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, born in Ennis, County Clare, is a leading Irish ethnomusicologist, author, musician and historian specialising in Irish music, diaspora, cultural and memory studies. A 5-time All Ireland Champion uilleann piper and concertina player, Gearóid has presented over 1,000 concerts on 4 continents during the past 30 years. A prolific writer and tenured university professor, he is also a producer of The Clare Tracin’ Ensemble and a former member of Ireland’s legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band.