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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Ireland tour to visit famous Benedictine abbey

the Inland Register

(From the September 17, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Kylemore Abbey in County Galway will be one of the stops on a tour of Ireland being arranged by the Catholic Charities Foundation. (IR photo courtesy of Catholic Charities Spokane)

Upon approach, when visitors first glimpse the spires and finials of Kylemore Abbey peeking through the green and verdant Irish hillside, their faces immediately reflect the magnificent and awe-inspiring architecture of this 17th century Benedictine abbey and former castle.

Located in beautiful County Galway, Kylemore Abbey was originally built as a private home for the family of Mitchell Henry. Kylemore was later purchased by the Duke and Duchess of Manchester, who lived there in residence for many decades. In 1920, the Irish Benedictine Nuns purchased Kylemore castle and its lands and relocated to Ireland after they were bombed out of their abbey located in Ypres, Belgium during World War I.

At over 40,000 square feet, the abbey features 33 bedrooms, 4 sitting rooms, a ballroom, library, study, and numerous school rooms. The nuns continued to offer education to Catholic girls, establishing both an international boarding school and a day school for local girls.

“Kylemore Abbey is just one of the many memorable locations we will see on this tour through St. Patrick’s Ireland,” says Dennis Hake of the Catholic Charities Foundation, organizer and sponsor of the tour. The 10-day trip, from April 10-19, departs from Dublin and will traverse the Emerald Isle, highlighting significant cultural and religious sites that are central to the history of Ireland and the Catholic Church. Special excursions to the Guinness Storehouse and Titanic Belfast are also part of this tour.

Joined by priests who are especially knowledgeable in Church history and Ireland, this escorted tour includes roundtrip airfare from Spokane, 4-star accommodations, transfers, and most meals. Mass will be available on all days of the tour.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends, experience the unique culture of Ireland, and create incredible memories,” says Hake.

A travel presentation for the tour will be held Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. at Catholic Charities Family Services Center, 12 E. 5th Ave. in Spokane. Those interested in joining the tour can request additional information by contacting Dennis Hake, Catholic Charities Foundation Development Officer, by calling (509) 358-4255 or emailing

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