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Week of Welcomes 2012

Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012

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!

The Week of Welcomes Day by Day

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!

 

Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012 Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012 Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012 Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012 Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012 Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012 Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012 Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012

 

Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012Sunday, 24th June

Arrivals Day – A Cead Mile Failte – A Welcome to all our Friends

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

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Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012Monday, 25th June

The “this is who you are day”

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)

1pm
Lunch in The Western

2pm - 6pm
Tour of Galway City and Historical Lecture

6pm - 7:30pm
Galway County Coucil Civic Reception
 

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Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012Tuesday, 26th June

Shannon Cruise*

Cruise one of the finest waterways in Europe - the River Shannon. Not to be missed. Never to be forgotten.

10am
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

 

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Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012Wednesday, 27th June

Tour Day – “This is my part of Ireland”

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

 

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Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012Thursday, 28th June

Free Day! (and in the evening - IRISH NIGHT!)

8:30pm
Irish Night in Kilconnell

Traditional Irish Singsong with Pig 'n' Porter

 

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Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012Friday, 29th June

Culture, Crafts, Heritage - all things Irish*

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.

1pm
Meet for Lunch at Portumna Golf Club

2pm
Portumna Demense, Castle & Workhouse - Tour with local historian, John Joe Conwell

7:30pm
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.

 

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Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012Saturday, 30th June

Market Day – Clash of the Ash - Farewell

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!

10:30am
Village Market in Eyrecourt

12:30pm
Hurley making Demonstration in Larkins, Killimor

1:30pm
Lunch in Duffy's, Killimor

3pm
Inaugural Patrick Larkin Memorial Hurling Tournament at Killimor GAA

8pm
Farewell Dinner at Loughrea Hotel and Spa.

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Ireland Reaching Out Week of Welcomes In South-East Galway June 24th-30th 2012Sunday, 1st July

Departure Day

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.

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*All events/activities are liable to change depending on interest levels and weather


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