- Parish Trips -
- Parish Trip to York (2018)-
Parish Trip to York was great success. 47 travelled south in September. We were blessed with wonderful weather, it was dry, sunny and warm all week. The hotel was excellent. We returned with a better knowledge of York, Durham, Harrogate and Emmerdale Studios! Most importantly, everyone enjoyed themselves and there was a wonderful atmosphere throughout the week.
Our thanks to all who came along and enjoyed each other’s company; especially those who organised and hosted the quiz and talent show evenings. On the 2nd of November we held our York Reunion in the hall, again everyone had a great time and the meal was excellent.
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- Diary of the Trip -
Friday 22nd October
Dawned bright and clear for St Patrick’s Pilgrimage to Killarney. After 7:30am mass, we boarded the coach, which had already picked up four parishioners from
St Margaret Mary’s Parish in Edinburgh, and set off on our adventure. There were 33 of us and we quickly settled down for the first leg of our journey to Cairnryan where we boarded the 11:30am sailing to Belfast. We arrived in Belfast at 2:15pm after a very choppy crossing. En route the “Trolley Dollies” served up a wide range of refreshments and goodies before we arrived at Kildare Outlet village for a short comfort break. Awaiting us on our arrival at 9:45pm at our hotel was a heartwarming meal of Irish Stew. Tired and weary some of us headed for bed while others had a nightcap in one of the local hostelries.
Saturday 23rd October
Started off with mass at 7:30am then breakfast at 8:30am. We left at 9:30am for a scenic drive to Cork City.
The weather was pleasant and quite warm on our arrival.
Cork has many tourist attractions some of which we were able to visit:
St Fin Barre’s Cathedral which dates back to the 7th century with its stained glass windows, marble mosaics and sculptures
Cork Butter Museum
Shandon Bells, St Anne’s Church with its spectacular bell tower
But others decided to visit some of the local hostelries to watch a football match!!!!! Well Celtic was playing Rangers after all!!!!
A great day was had by all in Cork City!
On our return we had some time to explore Killarney before dinner. After dinner most of us headed for the centre of town to sample some of the traditional Irish pubs and music.
Sunday 24th October
Started after breakfast with mass in the 19th century St Mary’s Cathedral. Father Daniel concelebrated mass with the Bishop of Killarney, a priest from the White Fathers and two visiting priests from USA.
We had some free time in town to explore/shop before boarding the coach for our trip round the Ring of Kerry.
The Ring of Kerry is a scenic drive of 179km around the Inveragh Peninsula. The scenery was spectacular, with rugged coastlines, narrow roads and beautiful beaches. We stopped in Waterville to take in the views……..and the seafood chowder!
Then back to the hotel to get ready for dinner and the Talent Show!!
Yes, Kilsyth certainly does have talent! An evening of a quiz, songs, ditties and communal singing rounded off a very enjoyable day.
Monday 25th October
Began with mass at 6:45am before a final Irish breakfast to set us up for the long trip home. Once again we stopped at Kildare Outlet Village then on to Belfast.
Here we spent a few hours either visiting the city centre or the Titanic Museum. This is certainly well worth a visit. A most enjoyable few hours seeing how the Titanic was built and viewing some replicas of the staterooms of the first-class passengers and third-class cabins.
We said farewell to Ireland as we sailed away on the 7:30pm ferry for Cairnryan. Our Pilgrimage ended just after midnight as we arrived back in Kilsyth and about 1am for our Edinburgh friends.
A very enjoyable adventure indeed!