Mick Moloney's Irish Cultural Tours 2013
Travel off the beaten track into the Hidden Ireland and Scotland rarely seen by tourists and visitors with Mick Moloney, Professor of music and Irish Studies at New York University and one of Ireland's best known musicians and folklorists. Enjoy learning first hand about the complex history and culture of these two lands which have a deep Celtic imprint but have been populated for over 10,000 years by people who created some of the most extraordinary antiquities in Western Europe. Enjoy matchless scenery during the day and every night attend special concerts and sessions featuring the best musicians and dancers in the land.
$2995 double occupancy (excluding air fare), $400 single supplement.
For more information and detailed itineraries please contact Mick at:
110 Bleecker St. 25C
New York, NY 10012
Tel: 215 806 3508
SCOTLAND: ISLANDS AND HIGHLANDS, CITIES AND LOWLANDS, MAY 9-19
Join Mick and a host of Scottish scholars and musicians on a memorable tour which will start in the warm city of Glasgow famed for its extraordinary industrial history and continue along fabled Loch Lomond to the Western Part of Argyll and the beautiful port town of Oban. Take ferries from Oban to South Uist in the Outer Hebrides and spend two days there with a top Scottish scholar who will lead you through the oldest and most enigmatic antiquities in the area with music concerts every night featuring some of the oldest and most beautiful Gallic traditional styles in the islands. From there take another ferry to Lewis, the repository of some of the most artistically advanced music and singing traditions in the whole of the Western Isles. Then off to the beautiful Isle of Skye with magical antiquities and castles famed in Scottish folklore.
After leaving the island take the long scenic meandering road along Loch Ness to the town of Inverness. Next stop on the tour is the eerie site of Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Rebellion he lead went down to defeat heralding the end of Highland culture and ascendency. Then journey through mountains and glens to the picture postcard village of Dunkeld and nearby Atholl Castle with its stunning vistas. On then to beautiful Edinburgh where the journey ends. The scenery will be majestic and unforgettable on this tour and the hotels homey and welcoming and as usual we will close every day with the best of Scottish music and dance.
ALL THE MIGHTY MUNSTER COUNTIES, MAY 22 - JUNE 1
Mick and his friends will begin this tour in storied Ennis in the heart of County Clare, the most famous place in Ireland for great traditional music.We then head south via Limerick City and the picturesque towns of Adare, Newcastle West and Rathkeale to beautiful Killarney, long renowned for its gorgeous lakes and dells.We'll drive around the Ring of Kerry famed the world over for its beauty and stunning ocean vistas and visit a host of antiquities hidden away off the normal tourist trail. We'll stop at Derrynane and learn about the legendary Dan O'Connell who led the successful non-violent fight for Catholic Irish Emancipation in the mid 19th century. Then we'll go to Cork and meet up with Jimmy Crowley, the bard of Cork himself, who will take us on grassroots tours of the area, again completely away from the average tourist trails. There will be private concerts every evening with Jimmy, Mick, and special guests.
We'll go the Queenstown Heritage Center in nearby Cobh and learn about all the emigration that took place from Ireland over two centuries. On to Waterford and South Kilkenny where we will be taken around this most fascinating part of Ireland by Jack Burtchaell, the acclaimed cultural geographer who knows every square meter of this territory and its complex history and makes it all sound entertaining. Then we journey through Tipperary and Limerick back to Ennis which will be our base as we explore the magnificent scenery of County Clare particularly the fishing village of Doolin and the extraordinary landscape of the Burren filled with some the most remarkable antiquities in Ireland. Great scenery during the days and lots of fun and great music every evening.
NORTHWEST, NORTH & NORTHEAST, SEPTEMBER 18 - SEPTEMBER 28
We'll begin our tour in Sligo and explore its matchless literary, archaeological, and musical heritage and also visit the Famine Museum in Strokestown. Then we'll head for the beautiful mountain and coastal scenery of Donegal. We'll visit the fishing village of Killybegs as well as Glencolmcille with its wealth of folklore and early monastic treasures. From there we journey to Tyrone with a stop at the Ulster Folk Park and a trip to Creggan near the boglands of the Sperrin Mountains to see wonderful antiquities unique to this area.Then we'll travel to Derry via the fascinating Celtic Fort called Grianan of Aileach, noted as an ancient temple for sacred rituals.We'll walk through the magnificent walled city of Derry with a prominent cultural activist, and from there travel through the enchanting glens of Antrim and visit the Giants Causeway -- a natural wonder of the world with its amazing basalt formations.
We'll go to Belfast where we'll learn about the city's hand craft and industrial traditions and its complex political history and explore the new Titanic Museum. Every evening of the tour includes performances by outstanding artists, and here we'll have the privilege of a private concert with the legendary Tommy Sands. Finally, we'll visit the impressive high crosses of Monastboice and end our journey in the capital city of Dublin where we'll have a special guided tour, a visit to the Abbey Theater and great options for sight seeing and shopping.