CARA Tour of Ireland

Join CARA and Coach Pat Savage for his next "Savage Running Tour"

Coach Pat Savage, long time member and past CARA president, is ready to take the running community to Ireland for one his "Savage Running Tours". The group will spend 11 days / 10 nights in Swords and Limerick, Ireland. The trip includes tours and an opportunity to run in the Swords 10K.

  • Dates: July 19 - 29, 2018
  • Destination: Swords, Ireland and Limerick, Ireland
  • Includes: Direct airfare from Chicago (Aer Lingus), Accommodations, and Charter Bus
  • Accomodations: 
    • July 19 - 22: Bed and Breakfast in Swords
    • July 23 - 29: Adare Villas at Adare Castle in Limerick
  • Tour Leader: Coach Pat Savage
  • Itinerary: See current itinerary below.
    • Note: A second option may be added for the final weekend of the trip.
    • Runs: A group fun run will be held each morning of the trip.

 

DAY

DATE

BUS DEPART (If applicable)

ITINERARY

 Thursday

 7/19

 

DEPART from ORD - Direct non-stop flight on Aer Lingus to Dublin

 Friday

 7/20

 10:30 AM

Melissa & Paddy Savage will meet everyone at the airport - Travel to Swords.

 

 

 

Public Bus to Dublin.  Pound Pub at 5:00.  Dinner at the Well at 6:30 PM

 

 

 

Swords Festival - Activities and music on the street and in the castle

 Saturday

 7/21

 10:00 AM

Dublin (Swords) - Board Dublin Bus for Dublin Town

 

 

 

Tour around Dublin with Paddy - Dinner on your own.

 

 

 

Swords Festival - Activities and music on the street and in the castle

 

 

 

Pick up Swords 10K race packets on Saturday or Sunday morning.

 Sunday

 7/22

 9:30 AM

Swords 10K  - Start on Main Street (Optional)

 

 

 

Meet at the Pound Pub after your race (Those not racing - meet there too)

 

 

 Noon

Swords Festival - Activities and music on the street and in the castle

 Monday

 7/23

 10:30 AM

Leave for Adare Castle - Meet the bus on Rathbealle Road

 

 

 

Stop and Tour at the Rock of Cashel - Lunch in town on your own.

 

 

 

Stop at a Tesco to buy food for your townhouse.

 

 

 

Dinner in town unless we decide to eat at the townhouse.

 Tuesday

 7/24

 Noon

Tour Cliffs of Moher and West Coast of County Clare (Lisdoonvarna, Burren, Kinvara, Lisdonvarna)

 

 

 

Possible Music Session at Dirty Nellies next to Bunratty Castle

 Wednesday

 7/25

 10:00 AM

Ring of Kerry and Kilarney Town

 

 

 7:00 PM

Party/Hooley at the Townhouses with Coach Savage's Irish Cousins

 Thursday

 7/26

 3:00 PM

Ennis Town Walk Around. Visit to Biddy Early's Cottage in Feakle

 

 

 7:00 PM

Dinner at Peppers' Pub (3 course dinner for 20 euros)

 

 

 9:00 PM

Feakle Village for Longest Running Irish Music Session (No Admission Fee)

 Friday

 7/27

 10:00 AM

Blarney Castle, Cobh, & Middleton Distillery in County Cork

 

 

 

Feakle Village for Longest Running Irish Music Session (No Admission Fee)

 Saturday

 7/28

 3:00 PM

Galway Crystal Factory 

 

 

 

Tour of Galway Town with dinner and music in the town.

 Sunday

 7/29

 9:30 AM

Leave Adare at 9:30 for Dublin Airport and/or Swords

 

 

 

Fly Direct to ORD from Dublin on Aer Lingus

 Monday

 7/30

 

Extend your stay in Ireland

 

 

 

Various Tours of Dublin City if you are staying longer.

 

Details:

  • Trip cost is $2,230 (Deduct $930 if you wish to secure your own airfare).
  • Price is based on Double Occupancy. Single occupency add $100.
  • A refundable deposit of $230 is due by December 20, 2017 to reserve a space on the trip. Participants may cancel anytime until December 20, 2017 and receive a refund.
  • A minimum of 20 persons must commit to the trip by Decembver 20, 2017 or it will be canceled. If the trip is canceled deposits WILL be refunded. If the trip reaches the 20 person minimum deposits will become NON-REFUNDABLE after December 20, 2017.
  • A maximum of 30 persons will be allowed to register for the trip. Space held at time of depos 
  • On February 15, 2018 a second payment of $1,000 will be due.
  • A final full payment of participants remaining balance will be required no later than March 16, 2016
  • Make checks payable to Chicago Area Runners Association or pay by credit card HERE (credit card fees apply). Send checks to CARA, 549 W. Randolph St, Suite 704, Chicago, IL 60661
  • Participants will be responsible for their own meals. Breakfast will be provided at Swords Bed and Breakfast.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to buy food and drink at a Tesco for the stay at the Adare Castle Villa.
  • Each participant is asked to buy (at Duty Free) one (or two) bottles of an adult beverage to share among the group on the tour if they wish to 
  • Fees for Rock of Cashel, Cliffs of Moher, Cobh Museum, and Middleton Distillery are included with the tour. Participants will be responsible for any fees to get into other visitor sites but Coach Savage will effort to obtain group discounts. Fees for the Swords 10K are not included in the price of the tour. Participants may extend their stay at their own expense.
  • Participants must be 18 & over to be part of the tour without a parent or guardian. Children attending with parents / guardians must be 13 years or older.

 

Questions:

Call Pat Savage at 847-757-5647 or e-mail: coachmpsavage@hotmail.com or greg@cararuns.org