Ireland: Saints and Scholars 2023

Dublin, Ireland

5 reviews
Jul 22 - Aug 2, 2023
Group size: 15 - 35
Ireland: Saints and Scholars 2023
Dublin, Ireland

5 reviews

Jul 22 - Aug 2, 2023
Group size: 15 - 35

About this trip

Why Pilgrimage to Ireland, the land of Saints and Scholars?

Ireland, the bucolic Emerald Isle.  It has lush, green pastures that rise and fall in gentle hills, and yet it also has a rawness as you look inland to heathland, bogs, quartzite mountain ranges and vast forests of oak, ash and spruce. It’s a land where mountains loom over glassy lakes…an island with a savage-looking coastline and monstrously high cliffs, juxtaposed with white-sand beaches more reminiscent of the Caribbean than northern Europe. It’s a place where prehistoric hill forts stand watch over a far-flung archipelago of bleakly beautiful, rocky terrain, surrounded by a churning Atlantic.

The history of Ireland reveals a Celt people of great faith and intelligence: book makers, jewelry makers, craftsmen, warriors and master negotiators who have survived the Viking invasions of the 9th century, the Norman expansion of the 12th century and the political divisions along religious lines of more recent history that created a partitioned Ireland. As early as 431 A.D., Christianity made an appearance when Bishop Palladiers arrived to minister to existing believers. St. Patrick began his mission a year later. For generations, Ireland was perceived as a Catholic country, holding fast to the values of its historic faith, even passing an amendment to the Constitution safeguarding the unborn.

Join us on pilgrimage to this place of natural beauty and Christian heritage.  Our journey will begin in County Galway, taking us through the Boyne Valley and Glendalough, and end in Dublin at Trinity College.  We will travel through history and encounter people from yesterday – and today – who still hold the ideals of Catholic Ireland.  We will also view the magnificently illuminated ninth-century Book of Kells. Come with us as we seek to discover the deep faith of the Irish in our own souls...

Why Choose ITV Pilgrimages?

With 30 years of publishing Inside the Vatican magazine, we have colleagues and friends all over the world — and many of them have become part of our Pilgrimage family. 

Designing an Inside the Vatican Pilgrimage begins with a theme or a particular country; then we weave in encounters with real people who live and work there, as well as those with expert knowledge in its historical and spiritual perspectives. Our itineraries include both world-renowned and little-known places, and every detail has been arranged to create a truly unique experience; we do not have cookie-cutter pilgrimages! 

Whether you choose one of our intimate-sized Signature Pilgrimages,  or a Classic Pilgrimage with budget-friendly pricing, we work hard to ensure that every pilgrimage is a moving experience, an authentic spiritual journey for each pilgrim 

What is a Classic Pilgrimage?

This pilgrimage is part of our boutique line of Classic Pilgrimages – carefully budgeted for pilgrims so that they can experience the unique qualities of Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages at our most affordable price, without sacrificing Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages integrity and style.  This Classic Pilgrimage is limited to 35 pilgrims. 

Terms and Conditions

 Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages, Inside the Vatican, Inc., its employees, shareholders, officers and directors are collectively referred to herein as “ITVP.” 

Household: ITVP defines household as those participants who dwell under the same roof and have the same address for at least 6 months per year. 

Rates and Payments: Rates are based on applicable rates as of May 2022 and could change due to fluctuation in currency exchange rates or failure to have a minimum number of 15 pilgrims. If they change, we will invoice participants accordingly. Payment of the initial deposit for this trip indicates you have accepted these pricing terms and all terms specified in the Terms and Conditions.

Land Package: $4,525.00 per participant. Does not include airfare.

1st Payment: $500.00 non-refundable deposit – Due at time of booking. 

2nd Payment: Balance due Monday, May 22, 2023, 60 days from departure. 

Single Supplement fee: $800.00 for single occupancy room, if applicable. Due with 2nd payment. 

Early Booking Discount: $100.00 discount – register by Friday, January 20, 2023. 

Fees: Applicable Credit Card fees are to be paid by the participant. These fees will be added to your invoice.

Reservations and Payment Schedule: A $500.00 per participant, non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. Balance is due 60 days prior to departure. If your reservation is received less than 60 days prior to departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking. Receipt of your non-refundable deposit shall act as your agreement to and understanding of these terms and conditions. Fax, internet, e-mail or phone reservations are welcome. The non-refundable deposit and/or payment in full must be received within 7 days of booking or reservation will cancel. 

Disputes: A contract is made when your reservation and payment are accepted by ITVP and any dispute shall be governed by Virginia law and must be litigated in Warren County, Virginia circuit or Virginia courts. In the event that an attorney is hired to enforce any part of these Terms and Conditions, participants are liable for all attorney fees and costs incurred by ITVP for enforcing or defending these Terms and Conditions. 

Deposit: The non-refundable $500.00 deposit due at the time of booking is an Evergreen Deposit.  An Evergreen Deposit will not expire and can be transferred to another pilgrimage even if you choose to cancel, regardless of the reason.  This Evergreen Deposit is transferable to another person.  The transfer of the deposit must be communicated in writing.  

Form of Payment: Bank/Certified Checks, Money Orders, ACH or Wire Transfers (please fax a copy of bank confirmation when wiring funds) are accepted forms of payment at any time. Personal checks are acceptable if received more than 30 days prior to departure date. You may also make Direct Credit Card Payments to ITVP (Discover, Visa and Master Card). Every reservation must be accompanied by a signed Registration Form. Returned checks will incur a $50.00 service fee. 

In case of computer or human billing error, we reserve the right to re-invoice participants with corrected billing. 

Transfers: Two (2) group transfers to and from Dublin airport (DUB) are included. Only participants whose flights arrive into DUB before 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2023 and depart DUB no earlier than 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 will be included in the group transfers. It is the responsibility of participant to notify ITVP of any flight delays. If the participant’s flight is delayed and this delay causes the participant to miss the scheduled group transfer, the cost and arrangement of transfer from the airport to the hotel or location of the tour bus becomes the participant’s responsibility. 

Individual transfers to and from the airport are not included in this package. Although ITVP can book an individual transfer to the airport upon request, the participant is financially responsible for that transfer. 

Flight schedule: Land Package participants are responsible for purchasing their own airline tickets only after they receive written notification from our office that this pilgrimage will travel due to meeting the minimum number of participants required to travel. ITVP recommends all participants who purchase the Land Package to arrive in Dublin on Friday, July 21, 2023, one day before the pilgrimage start date. Land Package participants should schedule their departure from Dublin for Wednesday, August 2, 2023 after 10:00 a.m. Should a participant encounter a flight delay/cancellation, it is the participant’s responsibility to notify ITVP. 

Insurance: Travel insurance is not included in the Land Package; however, we strongly recommend that you purchase it

Travel Documents: All travel documents are the responsibility of the participant. A valid passport is required for travel to Ireland and must remain valid for at least 6 months after your departure date from Ireland. For passport holders from countries other than the United States, you are responsible for determining the required travel documents. ITVP will not be responsible for any delays, damages and/or losses, including missed portions of the pilgrimage, due to improper travel documentation. Cancellations due to lack of appropriate documents will incur the usual penalties. 

U.S. State Department & Other Agencies: From time to time the U.S. State Department ( and the Center for Disease Control ( and other government agencies and departments issue travel advisories or warnings for one or more of the destinations that you may be visiting on tour. We encourage you to contact these agencies directly to obtain the most current information. ITVP cannot change the cancellation terms or conditions based on the issuance of any such warning or advisory or the occurrence of any terror, problems or ill health, or other incident in one or more of the places this tour is scheduled to visit. All cancellation penalties must remain in full force and effect as outlined on this form. Travel insurance may or may not cover these possible causes for cancellations. 

Photography: Agents of ITVP may take photographs or videos of its trips and trip participants. Participants grant ITVP permission to do so and allow ITVP to use such photos and videos for promotional or commercial use without payment of any fees or royalties. These photos will be available on our photo website following the pilgrimage. A code is required to download these photos from Inside the Vatican’s photo gallery. The code will be provided after the pilgrimage. 

Private Rooms and Single Supplement: A limited number of single rooms is available at the single supplement rate. If the allotted number of single rooms is booked, any additional single rooms that we may be able to book, if available, incur a fee in addition to the Single Supplement fee. 

Cancellations and Refunds: Cancellations must be received in writing in order for any refunds to be issued, and will be processed according to the date the written notice is received. Although a verbal cancellation is also appreciated, it will not be accepted as official notice. Please mail the cancellation notice to Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages 14 W Main Street, Front Royal, VA 22630. In the event of cancellation, monies will be refunded minus the cancellation fee. The cancellation fee will be calculated as follows: 

• 60 days or more prior to departure: $500.00 per participant deposit 

• 59 to 30 days prior to departure: $500 per participant deposit and 50% of total remaining cost* 

• 29 days or less prior to departure: 100% of total cost* (no refund)

* Cost includes: Land Package and single supplement, if applicable. 

If you purchase travel insurance, it may cover the amount remaining after refund, depending on the circumstances of the cancellation and the conditions of the policy. Check with your travel insurance provider, if applicable. 

Pilgrimage Cancellation: On rare occasions a pilgrimage may have to be canceled due to lack of participation. 

In such a case, ITVP’s sole responsibility is to provide a full refund. ITVP is not responsible and does not assume responsibility for any additional costs or any fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other arrangements not made through ITVP. 

Cancellations due to state advisories and/or state warnings, acts of war, war, terrorism, acts of God, natural disaster or any other circumstance outside the control of ITVP, are not the fault of ITVP. Great effort will be made to accommodate transfers to another trip or to revise the itinerary; however, cancellation for any of these reasons will not be eligible for a refund. 

Room Service and Other Extraneous Charges: Room Service and extraneous charges not expressly listed as part of the Pilgrimage Package are not included. Should a participant request room service, or any other extraneous charge, including, but not limited to, mini bar, laundry services, internet charges or pay-per-view, the participant will be financially responsible for those charges to be paid at the time of check-out. If these charges are not paid at check-out, ITVP will bill the participant accordingly. 

Luggage: Baggage is at owner’s risk throughout the pilgrimage. 

Airfare: No airfare is included in the cost of this package. To obtain assistance purchasing airfare, please contact our office. 

Gratuities: Gratuities are not included.

Health Requirements: This pilgrimage requires significant walking. Any medical conditions or special equipment needs must be listed on the registration form. ITVP is not responsible for any medical condition that occurs prior to, during or after the pilgrimage. 

Final Packet: A final packet containing documents, applicable airline ticket information, local contact information, a pilgrim book, and travel tips will be mailed to each participant approximately one (1) to two (2) weeks prior to departure. Upon receipt of your documents, you are responsible to check your itinerary, spelling of your name, dates, times and other important information to ensure their validity. Should your final documents have any errors, it is the participant’s responsibility to contact ITVP immediately. Documents, including tickets, are not guaranteed if final payment and booking forms are not received by the deadline. 

Unused Services: There will be no refund for any unused portions of the pilgrimage. Refunds will not be made to participants who miss any part of the pilgrimage for any cause whatsoever. 

Itinerary: Although ITVP and its agents and representatives will make every effort to adhere to the printed program and itinerary, on rare occasions it may be necessary to adjust arrangements due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control (including, but not limited to, such circumstances as weather, acts of God, airline schedule change, hotel requisitions, political disturbances, or transportation mechanical problems). 

Should such adjustments be necessary, substitutions will be made to the best of our abilities. A refund will not be given. Any additional costs necessitated by such changes are the full responsibility of the participant. We do not guarantee preferred seating at events. 

Printing Disclaimer: ITVP is not responsible for typographical or printing errors including errors in trip cost. We reserve the right to re-invoice or correct billing at any time. 


Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages, Inside the Vatican, Inc., its employees, shareholders, officers and directors (collectively “ITVP”) does not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip, including, for example, lodging facilities, transportation companies, local ground operators, including, without limitation, various entities, which may utilize the ITVP name, guides, sightseeing companies, entertainment, food or drink service providers, equipment suppliers, etc. As a result, ITVP is not responsible for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any person or entity it does not own or control. Without limitations ITVP is not liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, or incidental damage, injury, death, loss, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity of any kind which may be occasioned by reason of any act or omission beyond its control, including, without limitation any willfully or negligent act, failure to act, breach of contract or violation of local law or regulation of any third party such as a cruise line, airline, train, hotel, bus, taxi, van, local ground handler or guide, whether or not it uses the ITVP name, financial default or insolvency of any supplier which is to, or does supply any goods or services for this trip. 

Similarly, ITVP is not responsible for any loss, injury, death or inconvenience due to delay or changes in schedule, overbooking of accommodation, default or any third party, attacks or bites by animals, insects or pests, injury or death while on activities sponsored by lodging facilities or by other third parties, sickness, the lack of appropriate medical care, evacuation to same, if necessary, weather, strikes, acts of God or government, acts of terrorism, or the threat thereof, force majeure, war, quarantine, epidemics, or the threat thereof, criminal activity or any other cause beyond its control. Participant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless ITVP and its employees, owners, officers, directors, shareholders and agents from any and all claims, damages, losses, or actions resulting from or arising out of the Inside the Vatican Pilgrimage.

Should Dr. Robert Moynihan, Deborah Tomlinson, or any other guest leader be unable to participate in this event, reasonable efforts will be made to secure a substitute. Regardless of the participation of Dr. Robert Moynihan, Deborah Tomlinson, or any other guest leader, the tour will proceed as scheduled on the dates listed. By signing this form to participate on this trip you agree that the terms of the cancellation penalty will be binding upon you regardless of whether Dr. Robert Moynihan, Deborah Tomlinson, or any other guest leader is able to participate. ITVP is not responsible for any loss incurred by participant including lost days of the scheduled cruise/tour, due to a canceled flight or other means and modes of transportation. We will have daily Mass and strive to be in places as indicated. However, sometimes this is not possible as the site may not be available for Mass or itinerary changes are forced upon us. In this case, an alternative site for Mass will be arranged, if possible.

Register by Mail

If you prefer to register by mail, download the Registration and Information Packet HERE.  Please fill out the registration form, initial the terms and conditions page, and mail in the forms with deposit included. If you have any questions please call our U.S. Office +1.202.536.4555. 

Discount Codes

$100 Early Booking Discount - To apply this discount apply on or before Friday, January 20, 2023 and use discount code: EARLY, when registering.

Call our office for information about any additional discount codes – U.S. Office at +1 202.536.4555.

What’s included

  • Meals
    Ten (10) breakfasts, two (2) lunches, eight (8) dinners. On your own: eight (8) lunches, three (3) dinners.
  • Private Motor Coach
    Private, first-class motor coach and all group transfers are included
  • Taxes and Fees
    All local taxes are included
  • Entrance Fees
    All entrance fees are included
  • Arrival Transfers
    There will be a group transfer from/to DUB
  • Departure Transfers
    There will be a group transfer from/to DUB
  • Airfare
    Airfare to and from Ireland
  • Gratuities
    Gratuities payable to bus drivers
  • Arrival Transfers
    Airport transfers for those not arriving within specified time frames to participate in the group transfers
  • Departure Transfers
    Airport transfers for those not arriving within specified time frames to participate in the group transfers
  • Meals
    Meals not specifically identified
  • Other Personal Expenses
    Other personal expenses, included but not limited to laundry services, minibar in hotel rooms, et cetera
  • Other
    Items not specifically mentioned in the pilgrimage literature.

Available Packages

Double Room
Available until May 22, 202333 left
Deposit: $500
Single Room
Available until May 22, 202310 left
Deposit: $500


Day 1: Sat July 22, 2023
Arrive in Dublin

Our journey begins immediately upon arrival at Dublin Airport. We will depart the airport, travelling directly to the Hill of Slane and the Hill of Tara where it all began in 433 A.D.: here St. Patrick lit the Paschal Fire in defiance of the pagan High King Loegaire.  

From the ancient Hills of Slane and Tara where the kings were crowned, we will travel through the Boyne Valley, which takes us back 5000 years as we view the megalithic sites of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, to Ireland’s spiritual center, Clonmacnoise, where the kings were buried. 

After touring Clonmacnoise, we continue to our lodgings for the next three nights, located in Furbogh near Galway, at the four-star Connemara Coast Hotel, a waterfront property. Here we will attend a Welcome Mass and dinner. The history of this site is steeped in hospitality traced back to 1839, when it was a two-story residence that hosted fashionable parties where visitors engaged in cultural debates, entertainment and such local activities as fishing, hunting and shooting.

Overnight in Furbogh. Dinner is included.

Your Organizer

Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages
5 reviews
With more than 29 years of publishing Inside the Vatican magazine, we have colleagues and friends all over the world — and many of them have become part of our Pilgrimage family. Designing an Inside the Vatican pilgrimage begins with a theme or a particular country; then we weave in encounters with real people who live and work there, as well as those with expert knowledge in its historical and spiritual perspectives. Every detail has been arranged to create a unique experience; an authentic spiritual journey for each pilgrim.


A perfectly blended combination of people, places and stimulating talks. This five day interlude was like a restart button after the long period of shutdown and it couldn't have been better in any way. Set in the beautiful landscape of the Shenandoah Valley, the Catholic sites visited, the stimulating talks offered, the congeniality of the participants, the daily mass, all guided seamlessly by Deborah Tomlinson and Robert Moynihan, who gave so much of themselves to make this time a truly intimate group experience. Very thankful to them and all of the Inside Vatican staff for their efforts to make this a memorable trip.
By jacqueline r for USA: Shenandoah Valley Experience 2021 on 07 Nov, 2021
We had a great experience touring the beautiful country-side of northern Virginia! Staying at the San Damiano Spiritual Renewal Center was plus especially with the chapel being there. God bless you all!
By FR. JAMES O for USA: Shenandoah Valley Experience 2021 on 07 Nov, 2021
Many thanks to Robert and Deborah for planning this pilgrimage to the Shenandoah Valley. It was a wonderful experience and have gained wonderful insights for which I am grateful. The Shenandoah Valley Pilgrimage was indeed a pilgrimage for me. A lot of things went through my mind when traveling through the country side – while going from military battle fields to spiritual battle fields. It was a joy to be with the pilgrims who came from all around the country. The socials after dinner provided a friendly atmosphere to get to know each other. The agenda was packed with wine tasting, dinner in a barn, military battle fields, National Shrine of Ann Seton, visiting cloistered Dominican nuns in their parlor and more. I thank you all, including the office staff, for handling everything so professionally. Your tireless work showed me your love of neighbor is alive and well. I have appreciated it. Hope to see you again. Mechtild B.
By Mechtild B for USA: Shenandoah Valley Experience 2021 on 01 Nov, 2021
Mechtild, We will let you know about our future pilgrimages. It was a joy to get to know you! All the best.. Deborah
It was wonderful. Great time of year to visit Shen. Very well planned and lots of variety.
By Kathy B for USA: Shenandoah Valley Experience 2021 on 01 Nov, 2021
Kathy, We are so glad to have met you! We hope to pilgrimage with you again. Deborah
I had a great time. It was informative and spiritual. The accommodations and food were good.
By EILEEN S for Unitas Complimentary Luncheon and Retreat Packages on 14 Oct, 2021