There is so much to learn, discover and remember in this tour, which explores defining periods in Irish history over the past 100 plus years. Travel across Dublin, Belfast and Derry and uncover periods that defined Ireland's past and present, and the men and women that helped shape it. Hear stories from the people that matter, authentic, real and to the point.
1st Stop: 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour
In 1916 a small band of armed insurrectionists declared Ireland a Republic. This event is known as the Easter Rising, a violent battle which resulted in many deaths and the destruction of many parts of Dublin.
Author and historian Lorcan Collins will take you to the relevant sites of the Rebellion in Dublin, Ireland, to give you an understanding of this historic occasion, which precipitated the formation of the Irish Republic.
Meeting Point: The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 at 10am
Duration: 2 hours at an easygoing pace
Important Information: When you finish the 1916 walking Tour, the GPO Witness Museum is located to the right.
2nd Stop: GPO Witness History Museum
History will come to life as you experience events from both sides of the conflict and through the eyes of bystanders caught in the crossfire, via electronic touch screens, video, audio visual booths, sound and authentic artifacts – many previously unseen.
You’ll be immersed in the action as you compose newspaper reports, examine the original copy of the Proclamation and send Morse code to declare the Irish Republic by radio.
Important Information: Afterwards, the coach will collect you at GPO Museum for travel to Glasnevin Cemetery.
3rd Stop: Glasnevin Museum and Cemetery
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, both the guardian and storyteller for over 1.5 million people. From the ordinary to the truly extraordinary, these people helped shape the Ireland of today. Tour Ticket Ireland want to share their stories and times with you through tours of the cemetery, a visit to the museum or through a genealogy search for your family history.
The award winning museum charts the fascinating history of this hallowed place, telling stories of grave diggers and robbers, cholera epidemics, and world wars, and visiting the graves of Ireland's heroes Daniel O'Connell, Michael Collins, Eamon De Valera, Charles Stewart Parnell, Roger Casement, Maud Gonne, and Countess Markievicz, to name a few.
4th Stop: Check in at Clayton Hotel Liffey and enjoy some free time and an evening meal.
Coach pick up at 9:30am at Hotel.
1st Stop: Arbour Hill
The military cemetery at Arbour Hill is the last resting place of 14 of the executed leaders of the insurrection of 1916. Among those buried there are Patrick Pearse, James Connolly and Major John Mc Bride. The leaders were executed in Kilmainham and then their bodies were transported to Arbour Hill, where they were buried.
The graves are located under a low mound on a terrace of Wicklow granite in what was once the old prison yard. The grave site is surrounded by a limestone wall, on which their names are inscribed in Irish and English. On the prison wall opposite the grave site is a plaque with the names of other people who gave their lives in 1916. Travel via coach to Belfast - Journey Time 1h 20min
2nd Stop: Black Taxi Murals Tour (West Belfast)
The tour focuses on ‘both sides’ of the community. You will visit the mainly Catholic (or Nationalist) Falls Road and the mainly Protestant (or Unionist) Shankill Road. You will cross the ‘peace line’ or ‘peace wall’ that continues to separate both communities. Both sides have used murals to tell their story, celebrate their past and raise awareness about how political decisions affected their communities. Next, the Black Taxis will drop you off to meet your guide for the Cemetery Tour.
3rd Stop: Coiste Milltown Cemetery Tour (West Belfast)
When the British Government deployed heavily armed troops onto the streets of Belfast and Derry in August 1969, at the behest of the then unionist Government, few people could have imagined the turmoil that would follow this decision and the devastating impact that it would have on the lives of the people of Ireland and indeed on other people around the world.
Your Coiste Irish Political Tour Guides will be former political prisoners from the republican community, who will weave their personal account of the British/Irish conflict into the wider history of this centuries old conflict. Everyone is welcome on this tour and all visitors are invited to partake in a complimentary glass of “The Black stuff” (Guinness) at the end of your daily walking tour. Coach will collect you at the Felons for you to check in at the hotel where you can enjoy some free time.
Last Stop: Check in Maldron Hotel Belfast - 2 Nights’ Accommodation.
The tour price covers one evening meal on your first night, as you will be eating a 3 course meal in Cuturlann on your 2nd day in Belfast.
Coach pick up at 10:30am at Hotel
1st Stop: Crumlin Road Gaol (North Belfast)
The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed its doors as a working prison after 150 years in service in 1996. The Gaol (Irish: jail) has re-opened as a visitor attraction after extensive renovations and today you can take a guided tour of the prison.
The Tour will cover all aspects of the Gaol from the Tunnel linking the courthouse on the other side of the Crumlin Road to the Hanging Cell, the Historic Holding Cells, Governors Office, Center Circle, C-Wing and Graveyard. Admission tickets can be purchased on the day but pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment. It is recommend that you arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes prior to the tour time, to enable tickets to be checked or to be purchased.
After the tour, you can relax in your hotel or do some shopping. The coach will collect you again at 6:45pm from your hotel for your Gaeltacht Experience.
Important Information: You will be eating a three course meal at Cuturlann, so do not eat heavily before you arrive!
Next Stop: Belfast Gaeltacht Experience (West Belfast) - 7pm to 9:30pm
The evening begins with a three course meal with a distinctive traditional flavor. Sit back with a glass of wine after your meal to sounds of age old Gaelic songs and instrumental music from the house musicians. With the help of your tutor you can learn the basics of céilí dancing and try out your steps. Enjoy a display of superb solo dancing with award winning Irish dancers before a singsong to end the night. Coach will collect you at Culturlann and return you to your hotel.
Coach pick up at 9:30am at Hotel for journey to Derry - Journey Time 1h 15min
1st Stop: Bogside History Tours
The Bogside History Tour will examine the political and social repercussions of Bloody Sunday. The day of the march and the wounding and killing of the innocent civilians. The tour will pass The Museum of Free Derry and conclude at the Bloody Sunday monument within sight of Free Derry corner and beneath the city walls of Derry.
Learn about Bloody Sunday from those who were directly affected by it on a tour of the Bogside from the perspective of relatives of the victims of Bloody Sunday.
Paul is the son of Patrick Doherty, one of the innocent victims. He offers his first-hand knowledge and insight into the story from a unique direct perspective.
2nd Stop: Museum of Free Derry
The Museum of Free Derry tells the story of how a largely working class community rose up against the years of oppression it had endured. The museum and archive has become an integral part of Ireland’s radical and civil rights heritage.
The museum also tells the story of Bloody Sunday, the day when the British Army committed mass murder on the streets of the Bogside. It tells the story of how the people of Derry, led by the families of the victims, overcame the injustice and wrote a new chapter in the history of civil rights, which has become a source of international inspiration.
Last Stop: Check in at Maldron Hotel on Derry City Walls and enjoy free time
Derry City provides an array of food, drink and historical places of interest, and is easily navigable on foot. You might want to walk the Peace Bridge across the Foyle, stroll around the City Walls or visit the Guildhall.
Relax in the morning and prepare for the last journey of this tour. Coach will pick you up at 11:30am from your hotel for your return trip to Dublin - Journey Time 3h 15min
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The cost of trip covers all coach travel, accommodation for 4 nights, 4 breakfasts, and 4 evening meals. It does not cover insurance, or lunch. Travel around the locations is via coach, which will pick you up each day at your hotel.