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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Catholic Charities Foundation hosts ‘St. Patrick’s Ireland’ tour; includes sites, history, spirituality – and cuisine

the Inland Register

(From the October 15, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

The Guinness Storehouse will be just one of the stops on the “St. Patrick’s Ireland” tour being sponsored next April by Catholic Charities Spokane. (IR photo courtesy of Catholic Charities)

One of the long-standing myths about Ireland – that the food, drink, and cuisine is nothing to write home about – we aim to debunk with the travelers who join the Catholic Charities Foundation trip to “St. Patrick’s Ireland” in spring 2016.

“A lot of travelers have a perception that Irish food is bland and uninteresting,” said John Shaw of Colette Travel, the organizer of the tour through Ireland, “but visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the incredible food choices that have evolved in the past decade.”

A visit to O’Connell’s of Donnybrook, a revered Irish establishment featuring recipes passed down from generation to generation, will be just one of the stops along the tour. O’Connell’s uses only the freshest, local ingredients to create timeless Irish dishes, and showcases artisanal cooking under world-renowned chef Darina Allen.

Additional stops along the journey include visits to small-batch whiskey distilleries that create some of the world’s most sought-after spirits.

“And, you won’t want to miss our visit to the famous Guinness Storehouse,” said Shaw.

The “St. Patrick’s Ireland” tour, accompanied by knowledgeable priests and staff, is a 10-day excursion that will traverse Ireland and highlight the many churches, abbeys, monasteries, and castles that comprise the rich cultural history of the Emerald Isle and the Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated each day of the journey.

Departing April 10 from Spokane, the tour commences in Dublin, weaves through Northern Ireland, and returns to Spokane on April 20. The trip includes round-trip airfare, 4-star hotel accommodations, most meals, and all fees and transfers.

“In addition to a tremendous cultural and faith experience, this trip will allow travelers to make new lifelong friends and enjoy some of that really good food I’ve been braggin’ about,” said Shaw.

(For additional information and to request a brochure, call or contact Dennis Hake at the Catholic Charities Foundation – (509)358-4255 – or email him at

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