Irish Monastic Tours offers a wide variety of tours exploring the archaeology and history of monastic Ireland and its saints. Dr. Thérèse Cullen, an authority in Irish Studies, invites participants to discover the wonders of Ireland’s historic sites and religious traditions through her unique wit and wisdom. She will bring to life some of Ireland’s best-known saints – each of whom left a significant impression on the national psyche and landscape. Driving through breath-taking countryside the pilgrim will also experience modern monasticism being lived out. Also included in the tours are visits to popular destinations in each locale. Be assured of the warmth of an Irish welcome and plenty of opportunities for what we in Ireland call “the craic.
Friar’s Bush Graveyard
Stuck for something to do this weekend? Over 300 sites across Northern Ireland will open their doors for free on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September, for the annual European Heritage Open Days (#ehodni). We went with local expert Dr Therese Cullen to Friar’s Bush Graveyard on the Stranmillis Road in Belfast to see what to expect.
Posted by BBC Northern Ireland on Friday, 8 September 2017
Speaking about Friar’s Bush Graveyard in Belfast for BBC Northern Ireland, September 2017
Speaking about St Columbanus for Sunday Sequence, September 2017
This is a short video which accompanies my longer radio interview with BBC’s Sunday Sequence programme. It shows Saul, Co. Down, one of the sites on my St Patrick’s Tour.
“Thérèse’s historical and cultural input to the many churches, libraries, monasteries, small towns and large cities visited was wonderful and where necessary she had arranged for experts to talk to us.... She set the bench mark high as our Tour Guide and I would be delighted to have her on a future tour or pilgrimage. Oh and I nearly forgot, she was fun!”
- Marie Forester, St Columbanus Tour participant
“Thérèse was an excellent guide, brought historical events to life”.
- St Patrick's tour participant
“I found everything very interesting and informative. Would do it again.”
- European Sociology of Religion conference participant
“Dr Cullen, created a positive atmosphere, expressed a real love for her people and enthusiasm for her own history”.
- Classical Association of Ireland
“I will recommend the tour to everyone who comes to visit Northern Ireland.”
- St Patrick's Tour participant
Our family had an enormously successful trip to Ireland for 2 weeks in May 2015, thanks to the planning and implementation of Dr. Therese Cullen, PhD, and her company, Irish Monastic Tours. We knew our trip would be wonderful due to Therese's superb credentials, but this trip greatly exceeded our expectations. There was an excellent mix of the fantastic Irish scenery, typical tourist sites, historical sites, monastery ruins, and great interactions with the friendly and witty Irish people. Dr. Cullen's knowledge of Ireland is impeccable and she has a terrific personality that makes the trip even more enjoyable. We can only highly recommend the professional services of Irish Monastic Tours and Dr.Therese Cullen.
-Paul and Carol Hamm, Memphis, Tennessee
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