For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court University Celebrates Centennial with Tour of Ireland

11-Day Culture and Churches of Ireland Centennial Tour Departs May 18

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 23, 2008—Join Georgian Court University’s 100-year celebration with a trip home—to Ireland, of course, where the Sisters of Mercy, founders of “The Court,” began. All the sights and sounds of this ancient culture will be yours to drink in. Dublin awaits with its cozy Irish pubs where you’ll hear a hearty “Céad Mile Fáilte.” Make your own pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, shoes optional, where each year pilgrims climb the rocky 2,500-foot slope barefoot. You’ll visit the site of the Blessed Virgin’s appearance at Knock Shrine and Georges Hill where Catherine McAuley took vows establishing the Sisters of Mercy in 1831. From Troubles-torn Armagh in the north to sparkling Galway Bay in the west, your breathtaking tour will make you say, “It’s good to come home again.”

The Culture and Churches of Ireland Centennial Tour departs on Sunday, May 18, and returns on Friday, May 30. The cost is $2,899 per person, based on double occupancy. Single/triple rooms are available on request, with a single supplement of $600. A deposit of $300 per person is due by Friday, February 8. Full payment is due by Saturday, March 1. Travel insurance is available for $149 per person, payable with the deposit.

The trip includes round-trip airfare from Newark Liberty Airport to Dublin Airport, 11 nights deluxe hotel accommodation, transportation by luxury CIE Tours motorcoach with a driver/guide, 11 full Irish breakfasts, and 9 table d'hôte dinners. Also included are hotel porterage, service charges, government taxes, flight bags, ticket wallets, baggage tags, and an identifying strap. Ground transportation from GCU’s Lakewood campus to Newark Airport is available at no extra cost.

The trip includes a number of sightseeing excursions, including a guided tour of the historic buildings and monuments of Dublin, a tour of Dublin Castle, and visits to Mercy International Centre, St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, St. Patrick’s Cathedrals in Armagh, St. Patrick’s Trian, Knock Shrine, Foxford Woollen Mills, and the pilgrimage mountain of Croagh Patrick. You’ll also attend Fleadh Nua, a festival of Irish culture; enjoy a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary to Kerry; and visit Brú Ború, a national heritage center. You’ll also visit the Black Abbey; St. Canice’s Cathedral; the monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise, and the monastic ruins of Glendalough.

For more information or to register for this once-in-a-lifetime trip, contact GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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