If you’re reading this, chances are either you, or your ancestors, hail from some parish in Ireland. Have you ever wondered exactly where your people have come from and what has made you who you are? Join us for the Week of Welcomes in South-East Galway and we will give you a sense of self; introduce and reconnect you to your ancestral parish, and in the process, provide an unforgettable holiday experience for you, your friends or family!
Our day-by-day guide is a summary of the great week we have planned for you. Once you confirm your interest, we’ll stay in touch with you all the way until we meet up in Co. Galway on June 24th, 2012!
Sunday is arrivals day. It’s the day when all our new friends, from all over the world, return home to meet up. We will introduce you to your parish, go through the plan for the week, have a light bite to eat, and return you to your accommodation. It will be an early night, conscious that most of you will have been travelling considerable distances... and because you need to rest up for the great week ahead!
6pm - 8pm Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort
Welcome Reception - Overview of the week's activities with finger food and traditional Irish music
In your local parish, we will tell you about the history of Ireland and specifically about the area your ancestors came from. We’ll help you fill in the missing pieces in your family tree.
10am - 12pm
Local Parish Tours (organised according to individual visitor requirements)
Lunch in The Western
2pm - 6pm
Tour of Galway City and Historical Lecture
6pm - 7:30pm
Galway County Coucil Civic Reception
Cruise one of the finest waterways in Europe - the River Shannon. Not to be missed. Never to be forgotten.
Shannon Cruise - Clonmacnoise
Enjoy a one hour cruise from Shannonbridge to Clonmacnoise taking in the spectacular natural beauty of the Shannon Waterway, and one of Europe's most highly regarded monastic sites.
1:30pm - 5pm
Lunch and Walkabout in Ballinasloe - Tour of Aughrim
Wednesday is a day spent in and around the parishes of your ancestors. You’ll enjoy a tour of some of the scenic and historical highlights of your ancestral parish, accompanied by local expert guides. And there’ll be some free time to yourself!
10am - 5pm
Historical and Heritage Tour
Woodville House, Kilchreest – Rathbawn Farm, Ardrahan - Kiltartan Gregory Museum – Coole Park – Kilmacduagh Monastery – Gort
Lunch in Coole Park
Irish Night in Kilconnell
Traditional Irish Singsong with Pig 'n' Porter
Join us for a traditional rural day in the Irish countryside; try your hand at cutting turf, while you relax with a hot cuppa at a local farmhouse.
Meet for Lunch at Portumna Golf Club
Portumna Demense, Castle & Workhouse - Tour with local historian, John Joe Conwell
Great Outdoors Festival - Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception for Ireland Reaching Out. An enthralling evening of traditional and contemporary Irish music, song, literature and dance.
Saturday is market day and after a visit to a typical Country Market, it’ll be time for a ‘clash of the ash’. In the afternoon you will watch a specially organised hurling match – the fastest ball game in the world. When local parishes play, the intensity moves up a level – the clash of the ash!
This evening we’ll all meet up for a farewell event and you’ll be presented with a special scroll - a certificate of attendance at the 2012 Week of Welcomes. At the end of an evening of music, fun and craic, we’ll say goodbye... but just for now!
Village Market in Eyrecourt
Hurley making Demonstration in Larkins, Killimor
Lunch in Duffy's, Killimor
Inaugural Patrick Larkin Memorial Hurling Tournament at Killimor GAA
Farewell Dinner at Loughrea Hotel and Spa.
Sunday is departure day. Some of you may have plans to visit other parts of Ireland or are heading home – we’ll help you on your way whatever.
*All events/activities are liable to change depending on interest levels and weather