Paranormal Ireland Expedition 2015
11 Days / 10 Nights
Day by Day Itinerary:
JOIN DAVE SCHRADER AND HIS FRIENDS FROM DARKNESS RADIO IN IRELAND FOR OUR 4TH ANNUAL PARANORMAL EXPEDITION - SEPTEMBER 2015!
Day 1 - Friday September 18th
- Pick up from Dublin International airport and transfer to Boyle
** 4 PM DEPARTURE FROM DUBLIN AIRPORT**
Day 2 - Saturday September 19th
- Enjoy the start of All Ireland Paracon 2015!
Day 3 - Sunday September 20th
- Full day at the conference
Day 4 – Monday September 21st
Begin our journey with Darkness Radio through some of Irelands most haunted locations
Meet with your driver and transfer from Boyle to County Offaly. En route visit Birr Castle and Leap Castle.
Birr Castle was granted to Sir Lawrence Parsons in 1620 and it is still the private family home of the Parsons family in the town of Birr, County Offaly. The Parsons of Birr have rightfully earned the important accolade of scientific discovery pioneers and included in their achievements is the discovery of the spiral structure of nebula in the cosmos and first scientists to accurately calculate the heat of the moon.
The landscape of the Birr Castle demesne was created around the lake in the 18th century by Sir William Parsons, with subsequent generations of the Parsons family advancing the vast plant collection of the Birr Castle Demesne with horticultural gifts from a long line of plant hunters from around the world including specimens of Giant Sequoia.
Strange lights were constantly reported floating around within the building before it was converted into a family home in 1991. Since then, other ghosts have been reported within, including an old man seen sitting by the fireplace and a woman in a red dress. Dinner will be organised in Kinnitty House Hotel.
For more dramatic history, we will take a trip to Leap Castle, which is said to be haunted by a number of spectres, the most terrifying being a small hunched c creature whose apparition is accompanied by a rotting stench of a decomposing corpse and the smell of sulphur. The O'Carrolls, princes of Ely, built it as their main stronghold in 1250 A.D. It was erected on a most commanding site facing the Great Pass through the Slieve Bloom Mountains to the province of Munster. It has a massive tower and walls nine feet thick. Gory murders are said to have taken place there - notably at a window high up in the tower.
Kinnitty Castle is haunted by a relatively newly discovered spirit, a monk called Hugh. While both visitors and staff can testify to his existence, he speaks exclusively to Margaret McCann, a staff member.
"He says that I remind him of someone called Mary Kelleher, though we don't know who she is," Margaret explains. "I'd consider him a friend, though I would be scared of doing wrong by him. But most of the time, he's there while I'm working and it doesn't bother me." Margaret understands that his purpose is to ensure the monks who once inhabited the castle were not forgotten. He's also predicted a few events that have come true, like saying that the hotel would be known globally, six weeks before [TV3's] Most Haunted asked if they could film here."
Overnight in Birr
Day 5 – Tuesday September 22nd
Depart Birr for Killarney. Explore the Dingle Peninsula today
The Dingle Peninsula
The drive along the narrow roads overlooking the bay must be made at a slow pace to take in the wonderful views and the historical monuments and sights that are dotted everywhere. Bounded on three sides by the sea, it combines in its landscape the ruggedness of rocky outcrops and cliffs with the soft shapes of hills and mountains, skirted by coastal lowlands. The scenery is what the Dingle experience is all about: the view of the Blasket Islands from Slea Head; the harbours, mountains, cliffs and strands; the view from the Connor Pass.
Indeed, every part of the peninsula offers attractive and often dramatic views. The Dingle Peninsula is rich in archaeological sites: impressive Bronze Age standing stones, Iron Age promontory forts and early Christian monastic sites lie side by side with medieval ring forts and seventeenth century tower houses.
Dingle - John Street
A family named Hussey were filled with dread when they heard the wailing of the banshee outside their home. However, the banshee stopped crying and told them that she would never warn 'hoarding traders' of impending death. Sure enough, the following day the family discovered another man by the name of Hussey in the town had died.
Overnight in County Kerry
Day 6 – Wednesday September 23rd
Depart County Kerry for Cork. En route visit Charles Fort.
Charles Fort is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort. William Robinson, architect of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin, and Superintendent of Fortifications, is credited with designing the fort. As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. The most significant of these are the Williamite War 1689-91 and the Civil War 1922-23. Charles Fort was declared a National Monument in 1973. Across the estuary is James Fort designed by Paul Ive in 1602.
Charles Fort is Ireland’s resident military haunted sight. The fort, which was built in the 1670s, is often visited by the “White Lady of Kinsale” the “White Lady of Kinsale,” has roamed the grounds of Charles Fort, and has been seen walking through locked doors.
Steeped in history, Cork City is fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe's hippest cities.
Like Venice, the city is built upon water, and the city centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour. The two channels of the River Lee which embrace the city centre are spanned by many bridges, and this gives the city a distinctive continental air. You will discover unique shopping and dining options, including the English Market, with its stalls selling foods from all over the world, and numerous pedestrian walkways and sidewalks flanked by smart boutiques and major department stores. At every corner you'll come across another panoramic view, another interesting architectural feature and some of the best art galleries, theatres and museums in Ireland.
Cork is a city with a very rich historical and archaeological heritage much of it still in evidence today. Part of this heritage , Cork City Gaol is located 2km n/w from Patrick’s Street and while the magnificent castle like building is now a major and unique visitor attraction, this Gaol once housed 19th century prisoners. Visitors get a fascinating insight into day to day prison life at a time when the high walls ensured no escape and denied law abiding citizens the opportunity to see one of the finest examples of Ireland’s architectural heritage.
Overnight in the Commodore Hotel Cobh.
The Commodore Hotel is one of the best known Cobh hotels. Overlooking one of the largest natural harbours of the world, The Commodore Hotel Cobh East Cork formerly known as Queenstown has many an historic tale to tell. It is a town so steeped in history and heritage that you will find it easy to step back in time and savour the experiences of bygone eras.
The upper part of the hotel is haunted by the cries of a young baby, whose body was once discovered in a cupboard
Day 7 – Thursday 24th of September
Depart County Cork for County Wexford.
Here you will visit Tintern Abbey and Loftus Hall.
Tintern Abbey is a Cistercian abbey, founded c. 1200 by William, the Earl Marshall, and named after Tintern in Wales. The remains consist of nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. It was partly converted into living quarters after 1541, and further adapted over the centuries. The Abbey was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th century until 1960s.
Travelling by the light of burning torches, a line of monks can be seen moving towards the abbey, chanting Gregorian hymns.
Visit Loftus Hall and take a tour of this abandoned haunted house with a dark and troubled history. The house remains in its abandoned state since the departure of its previous owner. The knowledgeable guides will bring the past to life from the arrival of Raymond LeGros in 1169 right the way up to the hall's current owners and their plans for the house.
You will hear of Captain Ashtons failed attempt to take the hall in 1642 and Cromwells eventual deal with Alexander Redmond which led to the Loftus Family becoming residents in the hall.
This phantom woman in white died of the traditional broken heart after her father drove away her one true love. The entity has been reported exorcised.
Continue your day to Kilkenny city where you will spend the night.
This medieval city is characterised by many beautifully restored buildings and winding slipways - it is small and compact enough to explore on foot, yet full of fascinating historical buildings and contemporary shops, design galleries and restaurants. The ancient city of Kilkenny was named after a 6th century monk St Canice. His memory lives on in the beautifully restored St Canice’s Cathedral, built overlooking the city in the thirteenth century. Kilkenny Castle, one of the most magnificent castle's in Ireland was built by the Normans who arrived in the city during the 12th century.
Kilkenny Castle stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates the 'High Town' of Kilkenny City. Over the eight centuries of its existence, many additions and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles.
If you are not too tired and would like to enjoy one of the local beers, you could spend some time at the Kytelers Inn. Kytelers Inn is the only local pub pouring the famous Kilkenny Beer, which, like Smithwicks, is brewed in the St. Francis Brewery, just down the street from the Inn and visitors can also enjoy a pint of Harp, Ireland’s own lager. This is a truly historical venue with an intriguing background, but you will have to visit to hear the whole story.
This inn was named after Dame Alice Kyteler, known as ‘The Witch of Kilkenny, since this site was where her house once stood. After she outlived several wealthy husbands, accusations of wrongdoing and witchcraft arose.
She beat the charges, but Alice’s servant Petronella was burned at the stake. Some believe it is Petronella who now haunts the inn, while others believe it is Dame Alice herself.
Overnight in Kilkenny
Day 8 – Friday September 25th
Breakfast at leisure in the Hotel.
Depart to discover County Wicklow.
The Garden of Ireland highlights some of the best scenery, gardens and views in Ireland. Glendalough gets its name from the Irish language. Gleann dá locha literally means the ‘Glen of the two lakes.’ Situated right in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough harbours one of Ireland’s most atmospheric monastic sites.
Wicklow's Historic Gaol, in Wicklow Town, tells a story of crime, cruelty, exile and misery. The harshness of prison life in the 18th Century, the passion of the 1798 rebellion, the cruelty of the transportation ships and hope of a new life in Australia can all be experienced in Wicklow Gaol. This is a thought provoking attraction in Wicklow Town. The original gaol dungeon is open again for the first time in over 100 years. Dare you come and experience first hand the sights and sounds of harsh life in the dungeon? Or, you could just sit in the solitude cell and feel the desperation of those that were there before you.
Continue your day visiting Montpellier Hill before heading back to Dublin.
Montpelier Hill is a hill, 383 metres high in County Dublin. It is commonly referred to as the Hell Fire Club, the popular name given to the ruined building at the summit. This building – a hunting lodge built around 1725 by William Conolly – was originally called Mount Pelier and since its construction the hill has also gone by the same name. Originally there was a cairn with a prehistoric passage grave on the summit. Stones from the cairn were taken and used in the construction of Mount Pelier lodge. Shortly after completion, a storm blew the roof off. Local superstition attributed this incident to the work of the Devil, a punishment for interfering with the cairn. Montpelier Hill has since become associated with numerous paranormal events.
Members of the Irish Hell Fire Club, which was active in the years 1735 to 1741, used Mount Pelier lodge as a meeting place. Stories of wild behaviour and debauchery and occult practices and demonic manifestations have become part of the local lore over the years. The original name of the lodge has been displaced and the building is generally known as the Hell Fire Club. When the lodge was damaged by fire, the members of the Hell Fire Club relocated down the hill to the nearby Stewards House for a brief period. This building also has a reputation for being haunted, most notably by a massive black cat.
Adjacent to the Stewards House is the remains of Killakee Estate. A large Victorian house was built here in the early nineteenth century by Luke White. A lady saw a headless male torso in a dress suit and dickie bow through a keyhole. When the door was open the figure dissappeared.
Day 9 – Saturday September 26th
Meet with your guide and depart for a panoramic tour of Dublin city centre.
Dublin (from the Irish Gaelic An Dubh Linn meaning ‘the black pool’) is widely acknowledged as one of Europe’s loveliest and liveliest capital cities.Established as a Viking settlement on the River Liffey over 1,000 years ago, it gradually became an important commercial and cultural centre, a status confirmed by the Anglo-Norman invasions. Dublin ranks, more than ever, among the top tourist destinations in Europe, and this vibrant city hums with a palpable sense that it is creating a new cultural heritage.
With a wealth of attractions, many within walking distance of each other, Ireland’s largest city provides a sense of history, culture, music and a bustle that is truly unique. Among others, you will visit Kilmainham Gaol. It is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland's emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. The tour of the prison includes an audio-visual show.
A place of suffering, despair and ultimately death, more than a dozen men were shot, including James Connolly, famously strapped to his chair. The blood of these “martyrs” (a not unusual description) made Kilmainham Gaol hallowed and said to be haunted ground to the Republic of Ireland. The building was shut down in 1924. Today, the large and eerie jail is Ireland’s largest unoccupied prison.
St. Michan’s Chruch in Dublin is famous for many reasons. The church, built in 1095, contains the death mask of the Irish patriot Wolfe Tone and the organ on which Handel practiced his masterpiece “Messiah” before his first performance in Dublin. St. Michan’s is well-known for being haunted as well as the home of the Mummies of St. Michan.
Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Dublin city centre
Day 10 – Sunday September 27th
Meet with the guide and depart for a visit of Malahide Castle and the Boyne Valley
Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of park land in the pretty seaside town of Malahide, was both a fortress and a private home for nearly 800 years and is an interesting mix of architectural styles.
The Talbot family lived here from 1185 to 1973, when the last Talbot died. The house is furnished with beautiful period furniture together with an extensive collection of Irish portrait paintings, mainly from the National Gallery. The history of the Talbot family is recorded in the Great Hall, where portraits of generations of the family tell their own story of Ireland's stormy history. Many additions and alterations have been made to this romantic and beautiful structure, but the contours of the surrounding parklands have changed little in 800 years, retaining a sense of the past. The stunning walled gardens are a must see at the Malahide Castle & Gardens and will be opened to the public for the first time- allowing visitors to ramble around at their own pace!
Leaving Malahide you will continue to the Boyne Valley for a visit of Newgrange. The Boyne Valley, located in the North-East of Ireland and encompassing counties Louth and Meath is a World Heritage Site and is the largest and one of the most important prehistoric megalithic sites in Europe.
The Prehistoric inhabitants of the area built huge burial tombs on the banks of the river Boyne and on hilltop sites such as Loughcrew. Today, the Neolithic passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth which are older than the pyramids in Egypt an d pre-date Stonehenge by 1000 years continue to attract huge numbers of visitors from all around the world. The area is believed to contain around 40 passage tombs in total.
If time allows, a visit to Trim Castle can be organised.
Your visit will start at Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, was constructed over a thirty-year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. Hugh de Lacy was granted the Liberty of Meath by King Henry II in 1172 in an attempt to curb the expansionist policies of Richard de Clare, (Strongbow). Construction of the massive three storied Keep, the central stronghold of the castle, was begun c. 1176 on the site of an earlier wooden fortress. This massive twenty-sided tower, which is cruciform in shape, was protected by a ditch, curtain wall and moat.
Farewell Dinner at the Brazen Head.
Dating back to 1198 the Brazen Head is considered one of Ireland’s oldest pubs. It is the authenticity of the pub that strikes you, with the slanting door way and crooked windows. The pub itself is divided into 3 rooms. The two larger rooms and home to traditional Irish music while the smaller third room is actually the oldest part of the pub.
What would a pint in Dublin’s oldest pub be without a ghost or two for company? The spot, though it is not the original building, was used by “Bold” Robert Emmet for meetings. He was hanged in 1803 but still reportedly visits the Brazen Head in ghost form, resorting to his place in the corner and looking out for enemies.
Overnight in Dublin city centre
Day 11 – Monday September 28th
Breakfast at leisure in the Hotel.
Transfer to Dublin Airport and departure.
Prices, Dates & What's Included:
2 People ( Double Occupancy )
2120 Euro Per Person
1 Person ( Single Occupancy )
2510 Euro Per Person
The Tour Includes:
- Coach transfer from Dublin to Boyle for the conference
- Transportation for the duration of the tour
- Licensed Irish tour guide from Day 4 - 11
10 nights' Accommodation:
3 nights (September 18,19,20) - Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon
1 night (September 21st) B&B in County Arms Hotel, Birr
1 night (September 22nd) B&B in the Malton Hotel, Killarney
1 nights (September 23rd) B&B in the Commodore Hotel, Cobh
1 nights (September 24th) B&B in the River Court Hotel, Kilkenny
3 nights (September 25th – September 28th) B&B in the Jurys Inn Custom House, Dublin
Admission fees to:
Weekend Pass for the 2015 All Ireland Paracon
Dinner daily from day 4 - 10
*Drinks not included other than specified.
- Gratuities to driver/guides
- Admissions not described above
- Alcoholic drinks
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