Heart of Ireland St Patricks Day Celebration

Heart of Ireland St Patricks Day Celebration

Celebrate St Patrick's Day in Ireland


Celebrate St Patrick's Day in Ireland


Birr is the principle market town of South Offaly and also for parts of north east Tipperary. The main street is lined with a wide variety of shops to cater for all needs.

Birr is a designated Irish Heritage Town due to the preservation and wealth of Georgian architecture in the town. The earliest Georgian style buildings dating from 1740s are located in Emmet Square and Emmet Street. The Oxmantown Mall was laid out in the early 19th Century and was designed as a promenade leading from Birr Castle gates to the Church of Ireland. The mall is tree lined on one side with the Georgian houses on the other. John's Mall was also built during this time also with fine Georgian buildings. The Seffin Stone is said to mark the centre of Ireland, the indentations on the stone are as old as megalithic sites, such as Newgrange. Myths claim that the indentations are from the hand of Finn MacCool hence the origin of the name as Suigh Finn (pronounced "See-Finn"), the Seat of Finn. It is located to the left of the gates to St John's Hall, on John's Mall, close to Emmet Square.


St Patrick's Day - Galway

Sports groups, dance groups and performance artists come from all over the world to Galway each year to experience a parade that is widely regarded as one of the best in Ireland. The beauty of the Galway Parade is that it is small enough for a group to truly feel a part of it, yet big enough to create a special atmosphere for the spectators who line the streets each year. The Parade route moves through the centre of the medieval city, a 1.5 mile journey through narrow cobbled streets, turning onto long wide roads creating an unforgettable carnival atmosphere for participants and spectators alike.



Kilkenny, the county town of the eponymous County Kilkenny, is built on both banks of the River Nore, situated in the south-east of Ireland and is a popular tourist destination. Visit Kilkenny Castle and gardens and St Canice's Cathedral.

Friday 15th Mar

An early morning departure from Cumbria as we head south to Holyhead and the lunchtime sailing to Dublin. On arrival we travel to Athlone, a historic walled town on the River Shannon, for a three night stay at the 4 star Athlone Springs Hotel with state of the art leisure facilities and swimming pool. Enjoy a welcome drink before dinner in the hotel.


Saturday 16th Mar

Following breakfast in the hotel, we head to the charming town of Tullamore, the picturesque Grand Canal runs through the town and on the banks of the canal is the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre dedicated to the famous distilling heritage of the town, as well as it's unban history. We include a visit to the distillery centre and have time for lunch before returning to Athlone via Birr. Dinner and entertainment in the hotel.

B, D

Sunday 17th Mar

Happy St Patricks Day, this morning we visit Galway for the second biggest parade in Ireland, 2019 will be the 116th anniversary of the Galway St. Patrick’s Day Parade and you can expect a wonderful spectacle of all things Irish. The iconic fountain in Eyre Square will even turn green as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The Parade will start at 11.30am and finish at approximately 1.00pm. After the parade entertainment is provided throughout the city. We return to Athlone mid afternoon and have an Irish coffee making demonstration. Dinner tonight is followed by live entertainment.

B, D

Monday 18th Mar

Today we leave our hosts and head to Belfast for the return ferry to Cairnryan. From here we continue home to Cumbria, arriving back late evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

County Arms Hotel

The luxurious County Arms Hotel is set on a 9-acre estate in Birr. There is a gourmet restaurant and the Springs Leisure Club has a pool, hot tub and Olympic-standard gym.

Large bedrooms at the County Arms all feature queen-sized beds, free Wi-Fi and satellite TVs. All rooms have full length mirrors, tea/coffee making facilities and a morning paper is delivered.

The Trilogy Restaurant and Bar serves international cuisine and uses vegetables from the hotels gardens. The bar has a fine selection of vintage Bordeaux wines.

Indulge in one of the many treatments and massages available at the spa. Guests can also relax in the steam room, hot tub or hydrotherapy couch.

Birr Castle is less than a 10-minute walk from the County Arms Hotel.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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