Dara Malloy has lived since 1985 as a Celtic monk on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. In 1996 he announced his departure from the Marist Fathers and Roman Catholicism while remaining a priest conducting services in the Celtic tradition. Dara and his wife, Tess Harper, have collaborated in creating a Celtic spiritual center where they host pilgrim and study groups, published The Aisling magazine, and coordinated an island-wide growing project. Dara remains passionate about education and community based sustainability and energy efficiency, to which end he co-founded Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árann and Aran Islands Renewable Energy. 

His publications include Legends in the Landscape: A Pocket Guide to Arainn Inish Mor, Aran Islands (1998) and The Globalization of God: Celtic Christianity’s Nemesis (2009), a result of Dara's lifelong interest in Celtic spirituality and Celtic monasticism.

  • Explore Celtic Spirituality on its native soil with knowledgeable guides
  • Learn about Brigid, goddess and saint, and visit Brigid’s Well and Kildare
  • Visit Boyne Valley  Neolithic sites including Newgrange and the Hill of Tara 
  • Experience early monastic sites including Monasterboice, Clonmacnoise, the Aran Islands, and Glendalough
  • See the Book of Kells at Trinity College, Celtic artifacts at the National Museum of Ireland, and enjoy free time in Dublin
  • Enjoy Irish food and music (and perhaps a pint of Guinness)
  • Have time to meditate, rest, and explore the sacred landscape of Ireland

Anthony Murphy is a journalist, photographer, author and astronomer who lives in his native Drogheda, the gateway to Ireland’s historic Boyne Valley. He has spent 20 years researching, photographing and writing about the ancient megalithic monuments of the Boyne Valley and their associated mythology, cosmology and alignments. In July 2018 Anthony shot to international fame when he discovered a previously unknown late Neolithic henge or ceremonial enclosure near the world famous megalithic monument of Newgrange. He maintains the Mythical Ireland website and has appeared many times on television as an expert on Newgrange and has been featured in newspaper, magazine and news media articles around the world. 

He is the author of six books, including Island of the Setting Sun: In Search of Ireland’s Ancient Astronomers, with Richard Moore (2006), Newgrange: Monument to Immortality (2012), Mythical Ireland: New Light on the Ancient Past (2017), and Dronehenge (2020).His works of fiction include Land of the Ever-Living Ones (2013) and The Cry of the Sebac (2014).



Ireland 2020 Itinerary

Revised 7/13/2019


Tuesday, 22 September
            Dublin Buswells Hotel
            5:00 PM Get acquainted; organizational meeting
            Dinner at a nearby pub (D)


Wednesday, 23 September
            Breakfast at the hotel
            Visit National Museum of Ireland and 
            Trinity College Library (Book of Kells)
            Lunch and sightseeing 
           Motorcoach to Boyne Valley (hotel TBD)
           Dinner at the hotel . (B,D)


Thursday, 24, September
            Breakfast at the hotel
            Anthony Murphy is our guide for the day
             motor coach to New Grange

             guided tour of New Grange
             lunch on your own 
            Tara 
            Dinner in the hotel (B,D)


Friday, 25 September
            breakfast in the hotel 
           Motor coach to Galway

           Lunch on your own
           Rossaveal for ferry to Inis Mor
          Time with Dara Molloy
            dinner in the hotel . (B,D)


Saturday, 26 September
             breakfast in the hotel
            time with Dara
            lunch on your own 
            dinner in the hotel . (B,D)


Sunday, 27 September  
            Breakfast in the hotel
            ferry to Roosaveal
            motorcoach to Clonmacnoise 
            lunch and tour Clonmacnoise
            motorcoach to Glendalough
            check in Glendalough hotel
            dinner in the hotel . (B,D)


Monday, 28 September
            breakfast in the hotel
            tour Glendalough
            lunch on your own
            dinner in the hotel  (B,D)

 
Tuesday, 29 September
             breakfast in the hotel
            Glendalough on your own
            dinner in the hotel . (B,D)

Wednesday, September 30
             breakfast in the hotel
            motorcoach to Kildare  
            Brigid’s Well; closing ritual
           farewell lunch
           motorcoach to Dublin city and/or airport
            4:00 PM arrive Dublin airport . (B,L)

 

Father Michael Rodgers, SPS (St. Patrick’s Society for the Foreign Missions), began to explore Glendalough when he returned to Ireland after twenty years missionary service. Through the stories of people who came to Glendalough and requested accompanied walks with  him, it became apparent that there was a hunger in people for a more natural and soulful expression of spirituality, and for opportunities for the companionship of like-minded souls. In response he founded Tearmann Spirituality Centre as a place of hospitality for pilgrims and soul-seekers in Glendalough. Michael encourages an experiential approach that incorporates history, legend, spirituality, Christian tradition and awareness of nature and the environment.

He is co-author with Marcus Losack of Glendalough, A Celtic Pilgrimage (Columba Press, 1996) and with Gill McCarthy, Glendalough, A Celtic Soul Journey (Ciúnas Books, 2003). His book A Way for the Pilgrim in Glendalough was published in 2019.

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Ireland Pilgrimage 2020

Discovering Brigid:
The Goddess, the Saint, 
and the Sacred Feminine

September 22 - 30, 2020

​Leaders: Linda McFadden & Philip Wiehe
Guest Leaders: Dara Malloy & Anthony Murphy