IRELAND TOUR 2021

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We are beyond excited and pleased to announce our SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL TOUR!! 

That’s right… come April 20 of 2021, we’ll meet up with 100+ friends, fans, and family in Newark to kick off our third bus-tour of Ireland, and our seventh international tour overall. Three performances over nine nights in Ireland – including two nights in Belfast, a night in Derry, two nights in Bundoran, a two-night stay at the magnificent Dromoland Castle, and two nights in Dublin.

The tour runs from April 15th-25th, departing/arriving out of Newark. It is, as yet, unpriced (check back in August for pricing). That said, as with every Tullamore/Hammond tour so far, you can expect a modest price - which includes: 

  • international airfare from Newark (*see comments at the end)
  • nine nights accommodations (including two nights at Dromoland Castle)
  • full Irish breakfast daily
  • three dinners with the group (including a banquet at Dromoland Castle)
  • admission to all scheduled attractions (the Titanic Museum, the Giant's Causeway, the Walled-In-City Tour of Derry, Donegal Castle, the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, and the Tullamore DEW Visitor Centre)
  • four performances by Tullamore
  • deluxe motorcoach, driver, and guide
  • porterage of one suitcase

You can find out more about the tour via this link

We took 96 folks with us on our Scotland Tour 2019. They ALL had the time of their life! You will too, and we look forward to travelling with you all! This is, hands-down, the best tour we’ve put together. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity.

TRAVELOGUE

DAY 1 - Thursday, April 15

An overnight, trans-Atlantic flight from (very likely) Newark to Dublin. Get yourself to Newark... the flight is included in the tour. Dinner is served while in flight.

 

DAY 2 - Friday, April 16

We arrive early Friday morning into Dublin Airport and are met by our Driver/Guides. We check in with them, get our luggage loaded, and off we go! We take a short jaunt to Balbriggan for our first full Irish breakfast at the Man O' War, and then we hit the road in earnest, heading north up and through the bustling town of Drogheda, and crossing the border into Northern Ireland at Newry.

We stop in Newry for a visit of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Colman, the seat of the Bishop of Dromore since 1750. Designed by the city's greatest native architect, Thomas Duff, ground was broken on construction of the Cathedral in 1825, and its doors opened to parishioners in 1829. The Cathedral continued to be enlarged and beautified for another 75 years, with the tower and transept being added in 1888 and the nave extended in 1904.

Back on the bus, we drive into beautiful and intriguing Belfast, once the second richest city in the British Empire. After a panoramic tour, we check in to the Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast. The rest of the day is on your own to explore Belfast.

Dinner, this evening, will be with the group. Come ready to meet some of the coolest people on Earth!

 

DAY 3 - Saturday, April 17

After a lazy breakfast, we’re off to visit the Titanic Museum, the world's largest Titanic experience. Nine galleries tell the story of the magnificent and ill-fated ship in a fresh and insightful way – from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end.

We take the bus back to the Radisson Blu, and the rest of the day is on your own to continue exploring Belfast.

Dinner, this evening, will be on your own. Tullamore performs tonight (location to be determined).

 

DAY 4 - Sunday, April 18

Moving Day today. After breakfast, our morning departure from Belfast takes us north along the Coast Road and through the Nine Glens of Antrim. Considered one of the most beautiful views in all of Ireland, the journey offers wonderful views of the Antrim Mountains and their beautiful valleys and coastline. We travel along the spectacular coastline up to the Giant's Causeway. and its 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that form the legendary causeway built by the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill.

From there, we push on to Derry, checking into the City Hotel Derry when we arrive. The rest of the day is on your own to explore Derry.

Dinner, this evening, is on your own.

 

DAY 5 - Monday, April 19

Moving Day today. After a full Irish breakfast, we set out to fully experience Derry’s history, strolling along the parapet walkways as we do the Walled in City Tour with expert-guide Ronan McNamara. Derry is one of the last fully-intact, walled-in cities left in all of Europe and a must-see for every visitor. We enjoy a panoramic tour of Derry including Derry’s Walls, The Bogside, The Peoples Gallery (Murals), The Bloody Sunday Story, The History of the Apprentice Boys, and The Marching Season Traditions.

We depart Derry heading southwest and come to Ardara, a small village in the west of County Donegal once named “the best village in which to live in Ireland”. The attraction here is both an informative and a commercial one – a visit to the Triona Donegal Tweed Visitor Centre. You’ll have the opportunity to see how Irish wool is made and purchase some of the most beautiful woolens you’ve ever seen. Ladies… this stop is the Zen of retail therapy.From there, we continue eastward on the coastal road along Donegal Bay, into and out of Donegal Town, and south to the popular seaside resort-town of Bundoran, and check into the Allingham Arms Hotel, described as the “Capital of Country Music”.

Dinner, this evening, will be with the group. Find some new, cool dinner-companions!

 

DAY 6 - Tuesday, April 20

After a full Irish breakfast, we take to the road for a short jaunt to Donegal Town to tour the stunning Donegal Castle, first mentioned in 1544 in connection with the wars between the sons of MacSweeney Doe. Wrecked sailors from the Spanish Armada were granted refuge here in 1588. By 1600, it had been captured and taken over by Eoghan Og MacSweeny, an ally of the English, who was unsuccessfully besieged there by his brother Rory in 1601.

From there, head south to the town of Sligo, where you’ll have the afternoon to yourself to explore the town. Visit the Yeats Building Visitors Centre where, for sixty years, the Yeats Society Sligo has celebrated the life and work of WB Yeats and his talented family. Or explore the fairly intact of ruins Sligo Abbey, originally built in 1253 by Maurice Fitzgerald, Baron of Offaly. Or visit Sligo Gaol or the Famine Memorial.

On the way back to Bundoran, we make a brief stop in Drumcliffe to see the High Crosses of St Colmcille’s 6th century monastery.

We take the bus back to the Allingham Arms Hotel to wrap up the day.

Dinner, this evening, will be on your own. Tullamore performs tonight (location to be determined).

 

DAY 7 - Wednesday, April 21

Moving Day today. After breakfast, we venture southwest, heading through Sligo and on to the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland, and also among the country's oldest, with tombs and monuments dating from 4300-3500 BC. Archaeologists have recorded over 60 tombs, of which 30 are visible.

From there, we head south across Mayo and Galway to Clare and Dromoland Castle. The rest of the day is yours to explore, both indoors and out, the luxurious Castle and the panoply of activities the Castle has to offer.

Dinner, this evening, will be on your own.

 

DAY 8 - Thursday, April 22

There’s not much to say about today. For the first time ever, our castle-stay is two nights! So be ready to enjoy another entire day on your own. Explore the grounds on horseback, go fishing, do some clay-pigeon shooting, take in the gardens, go cycling, enjoy a pony-and-trap ride, go boating, hike the Burren or the Doolin Cliffs, play a few sets of tennis, try your hand at archery, hit the spa, or enjoy the true sport of kings – falconry. (Be sure to schedule these activities in advance.)

Dinner, this evening, will be a banquet at the Castle. Tullamore performs tonight (location to be determined).

 

DAY 9 - Friday, April 23

Moving day today. After breakfast, we travel north and east across County Galway until we come to County Offaly, the heart of Ireland – and the town that inspired the band's name – Tullamore. We tour the Tullamore DEW Visitor Centre, the site of the original Tullamore Dew Old Bonded Warehouse. Discover how the town grew and flourished with the arrival of the Grand Canal in 1798. Learn about the legendary Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey – how it is made, and how it has been important for Tullamore. After your tour, relax in the bar downstairs and enjoy a tasting of Tullamore’s finest.

From there, we drive into the capital and largest city of Ireland, Dublin, and check into the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Dublin.

Dinner, this evening, will be on your own. Tullamore performs tonight at O’Neill’s Pub.

 

DAY 10 - Saturday, April 24

Today is a free day in Dublin. We suggest a Hop-On/Hop-Off Dublin Bus Pass. You'll be sure to see St Patrick’s Cathedral where Jonathan Swift gave his sermons; or the magnificent Dublin Castle, home to Ireland’s state functions; or the G.P.O. on O’Connell Street, the scene of the 1916 Easter Uprising; or the famous Phoenix Park where Pope John Paul II said Mass in 1979 to over a million people; or Trinity College to view the Book of Kells, the 8th-century manuscripts, still preserved as they were when the monks produced them all those centuries ago; or pay homage to Ireland’s most famous brew at the Guinness Storehouse. And be sure to visit Dublin’s oldest Pub this afternoon, the Brazen Head. Or enjoy a Literary Pub Crawl this evening after dinner.

Dinner, this evening, will be on your own.

 

DAY 11 - Sunday, April 25

Moving Day today, and at long last the last day of the tour. After our final full Irish breakfast, we transfer to Dublin Airport for our flight home. Arrive home the same day. In the true Irish Tradition, we wish you a “Safe Home”

 

 

COMMENTS ON INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE

Hammond Tours offers this tour in both a LAND ONLY package and a package that includes international travel.

Your personal travel choices and needs are best served by arranging your own travel, and it is Hammond's recommendation that you do so. AND they will arrange group air-travel for those who opt for the convenience of having those arrangements for them. Either is fine. (Note - the band will be taking advantage of the group-travel.)

Once the tour is priced, we will publish both the LAND ONLY price and the INTERNATIONAL AIR PACKAGE price.