Inspirational Tours Ireland | Absorbing The Irish (7 Days )

Don’t be content to scratch the surface: experience the real thing


This 7-day tour will introduce you to the real world of West Kerry, its people, how they lived, how they enjoyed themselves, how they passed the long winter evenings with food and drink, song and dance, visiting each other’s houses in an intricate social round.

The key to this rich culture is the Irish language. You’ll learn a few words to begin with, and a few more each day as you experience the rich remnants of a vibrant culture.

Collected from the airport, you’ll find a Welcome event at your accommodation, when the finer details of your stay will be filled in.

Mornings will be the rich experience of discovering for yourself a new, but very old, language.

During the week, you’ll visit local attractions: historic and archaelogical sites, and (weather permitting) a visit to the Great Blasket, for centuries Ireland’s western-most community, and home to some of the region’s best-known storytellers.

In the evening, make your dinner in the local style, learn a few steps of traditional dances, and meet the best musicians in the area.

Day 1 Saturday

Arrival at Dublin Airport and travel to West Kerry, via Limerick (St Johns Castle and Lunch), and Inch Beach

Evening: Ócáid Fáilte/Welcome event, with Jeaici O’Muircheartaig

Day 2 Sunday

Aifreann / Mass in Irish at Sáipéal Naomh Uinseann

Morning: There’s an Irish language?

Jeaici introduces you to a cúpla focal (a few words) of Gaeilge – which is still the everyday language of the people here. Try it yourself!

Afternoon: A bit of time travel

Find out about the Islands and their people at the Blasket Centre

Evening: Story Telling and Sean Nós Singing

Day 3 Monday

Morning: Cúpla Focal

More Irish words and phrases with Jeaici

Afternoon: Rambles in Erin

The countryside as our ancestors knew it – on foot: Cultural Walk conducted by a guest guide

Evening: Set Dancing

Day 4 Tuesday

Morning: Cúpla Focal

More Irish words and phrases with Jeaici and a guest

Afternoon: Glimpses of the Past

Turas Oidhreachta Chorca Dhuibhne/Heritage Tour

Evening: Saor/Free

Day 5 Wednesday

Morning: Cúpla Focal

More Irish words and phrases with Jeaici

Afternoon: Turas ar an Daingean/ Visit Dingle town

Evening: Ceoltóir/Amhránai áitiúil/ Local Musician and Singer

Day 6 Thursday

All day: Turas ar an mBlascaod Mór

Tour of the Great Blasket Island (weather permitting)

Evening: Béile Traidisiúnta/Traditional Irish Meal with musical interludes

Day 7 Friday

Morning: Maidin Chomhrá

Practice your new command of the old tongue

Afternoon: Hands On!

An introduction to traditional local arts and crafts, which could include Naomhóg building, Uilleann Pipes, Local Writers, Bread Making

with special guests

Evening: Béile agus Bronnadh Teastaisí/Meal and Prize-giving

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