The Irish Isle: Intergenerational Enchantment
Dive deep into the traditions of Ireland as you and your grandchild learn the art of storytelling, search the countryside for faeries and enjoy a medieval banquet in Bunratty Castle.
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Program No. 15503RJ
13 days
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Enter an enchanting world of folklore, forts and faeries in the magical land of Ireland, where landscape, myth and tradition permeate the country. Two generations study the Emerald Isle, learning about traditional sheep farming, exploring the unique landscape of County Clare, the Irish art of storytelling, and your own family history through lessons on tracing ancestral roots! An evening of “limericks,” as well as traditional Irish dance and music, introduces the rhythms of everyday life.
Activity Level
Walking up to two hours. Activities for grandchildren children include an afternoon of water-based fun. Please note that Blarney Castle and the walk on the Burren may not be suitable for people with walking difficulties.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • A morning of song and storytelling with an expert storyteller captures the nuances between generations.
  • Enjoy a Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle and explore the haunting landscape of the Burren, learning about faerie forts and folklore.
  • Participate in living Gaelic traditions during workshops on traditional Irish dancing and music.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-13. Rooms are either double or single occupancy. No triples are available.
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Peadar O'Dowd
Peadar O’Dowd is a historian dedicated to sharing his love for the heritage of Galway, Ireland, with students and visitors of all ages. A native of Galway, he has lectured on the region’s treasures both in Ireland and in the U.S., and is a columnist for the Connacht Sentinel newspaper and Galway Now magazine. He is the author of several books on Galway and the west of Ireland, including “Old and New Galway,” “Down by the Claddagh,” and “Tracing Your Galway Ancestors.” Now retired from his work as a lecturer at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Peadar is a member of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, and is an alumnus of University College, Galway.
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