MAY 20 - 29


A pilgrimage to Dublin and the Western coast of Ireland. Hear Mass in the church of Blessed Cardinal Newman and Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins, climb the Hill of Tara where St. Patrick preached to those who had once enslaved him, explore the beehive huts and oratories of the early monastic orders of Ireland on the Western coast. Spend time in local pubs sampling the brews, tales, and music. Learn about the history, literature, and culture of the Irish people from experienced faculty. Deepen friendships among some of the most beautiful sights of the Emerald Isle. Be born in wonder.



Itinerary Highlights

May 20-21 • Fly to Dublin
May 21-22 • Dublin
May 23-24• Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula
May 25-27• Galway, Aran Islands, Mayo
May 28• Dublin
May 29• Return to USA

• Historic churches, shrines, and monastic ruins, many dating to the beginnings of Catholic history in Ireland
• Beautiful views of the Irish coast and fishing communities
• Local brews and music in quaint pubs
• Expert tours from faculty versed in Irish history and culture


Registration & Rates

All students at the University of Kansas are invited to participate in this pilgrimage. The trip will cost $2000 minus airfare. We are still working for the moment to obtain the best group airfare rate and will post that shortly. If you have any questions about the registration, trip cost, or anything else regarding this pilgrimage, please feel free to reach out to us at


City of Lights and Music
The capital and largest city in Ireland.


City Convenience, Rural Living
Galway--Ireland's fastest growing city--is situated in the heart of traditional Gaelic coastal culture


At Home by the Sea
Enjoy a pint and relax in this idyllic town at the edge of Europe.



Prepare for your pilgrimage

Ireland is a land rich in history, music, literature, and art. Over the academic year students will be meeting monthly with staff and KU faculty to discuss various aspects of Ireland. Details of these meetings and links to other resources will be posted on this page in the coming weeks.

Students are also encouraged to enter into a spirit of pilgrimage. Catholics enjoy recognition that this is a sacramental reality and that Ireland is a land where saints have walked, bled, and practiced the faith. The trip itself is committed to the patronage of St. Patrick, St. Colmcille and St. Brigid of Kildare, but we invite you to take some time to learn about the saints of Ireland and travel with their prayers and intercession.

St. Brid (i.e. Brigid) Carried by Angels  John Duncan, 1913

St. Brid (i.e. Brigid) Carried by Angels
John Duncan, 1913

St. Patrick

St. Patrick

St. Colmcille

St. Colmcille



Flight, lodging, and transportation (bus and boat) in Ireland. Breakfast, dinner, and lunches that do not fall during free time. Tickets for all group visits to museums, exhibits, and exclusive venues.

Students should bring with them pocket money for souvenirs, snacks, and most lunches as they will fall during free time.

For full terms and conditions please click here.


Should a change of plans occur and a student be unable to make the trip, they are responsible for notifying us ( as soon as possible. Deposit ($500) is non-refundable.