Saint Brigid is one of Ireland’s most beloved saints, and today I’m delighted to introduce you to a group tour, planned for 2023, that will follow in the footsteps of Saint Brigid.
Today’s guest post, by author Cindy Thomson, introduces her plans for an amazing tour of Ireland, in April 2023.
Plus, Cindy has graciously offered a copy of her book, Brigid of Ireland for one lucky reader to win.
Before I share details of the giveaway, let’s first explore Saint Brigid’s Ireland with Cindy.
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Touring Ireland with Cindy Thomson
Do you like reading? History? All things Irish? Me too!
I’m an author, genealogy enthusiast, and history buff. Like many of you, I have a special fondness for Ireland. A while back, I was contacted by Prime Tours in Dublin, Ohio, about doing a book club bus tour to Ireland!
We planned this for April 2023 so folks would have plenty of time to plan post-pandemic, but now it’s just around the corner!
The tour revolves around the theme of my novel, Brigid of Ireland. We’ll see sites associated with St. Brigid or influenced by her, along with several other amazing places, most of which I haven’t been to, so we can explore together.
Going on a guided tour takes a lot of stress out of touring. I’ve never done that before, as my husband has always driven. I think it will be fun!
A Little Bit About Saint Brigid
Several years ago, I wrote a novel about the early life of St. Brigid. The book went out of print, and I re-issued it. That’s why you might see two different covers.
As I’ve presented at several Irish festivals in the US, I’ve found that Brigid of Ireland is still a favorite with readers.
It’s been in print for 16 years! That’s why the tour company decided to feature it.
Tour Itinerary – The Footsteps of Saint Brigid
This tour has been designed to follow in the footsteps of Saint Brigid. Here are a few of the sites we’ll see:
We’ll arrive in Dublin and visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells. This ancient, illuminated manuscript was created sometime between the 6th and 8th century, so it could have been made during Brigid’s lifetime, at least in part. It’s a wonder to see; the library will amaze all book lovers.
We will also visit the National Museum of Ireland and then travel on to the ancient monastic site of Glendalough.
I’m excited that we’ll be visiting Kildare, the home of St. Brigid’s Cathedral, St. Brigid’s well, and the site of her ancient dual monastery (for men and women).
We’ll also visit Jerpoint Abbey. While this site dates hundreds of years after St. Brigid lived, we’ll still get a sense of that ancient time period and those who walked this land so long ago.
Lest you think this will be all ancient stuff, we’ll be doing other fun things such as observing a sheepdog demonstration on a farm, visiting the Cliffs of Moher, spending free time exploring the city of Galway, listening to some traditional Irish music, and more!
I already know some really nice folks will be on this bus tour. If you’re considering joining us, know that you’ll be among friends. If you’d like more information, visit this site:
Cindy’s Writing and Brigid of Ireland
If you’d like to know more about me, you can find me on my website, Cindy’s Writing.
And feel free to join our Facebook readers group.
Even if you’re not planning on coming on the book club bus tour, you can stay in touch in that group or sign up for my newsletter.
By the way, subscribers to my newsletter get a free ebook!
Haven’t read Brigid of Ireland?
I’m giving away a copy!
If the winner is in the United States, they can choose an e-book or print copy. If the winner is outside the US, they can win an e-book copy.
I’d love to have you join us in Ireland in April 2023!
How To Enter Our Giveaway
One lucky reader will win a copy of Cindy Thomson’s book, Brigid of Ireland.
To enter simply leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time on Saturday July 9th, 2022.
You can write any comment you wish. What you write does not affect your chance of winning. If you need inspiration why not let us know if you feel a connection to Saint Brigid of Ireland.
If you live in Canada or Ireland, then please answer the following question in your comment by typing A, or B for the correct answer …
Saint Brigid founded a monastery in County Kildare, Ireland.
A winning comment will be chosen randomly using the Pick Giveaway Winner WordPress plug-in.
Remember to leave your email so that I can contact you should you win. Your email won’t be published, just used to contact our winner to organize prize delivery.
The winner will be announced on Saturday July 9th, 2022 at the bottom of this blog post.
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A big thank you to all who support this giveaway and share it with family and friends.
And many thanks to Cindy for sharing her upcoming tour of Ireland with us today and for generously sponsoring this prize for today’s giveaway.
Update – Winner Chosen
Our winner has been randomly chosen using the Pick Giveaway Winner Plug-in for WordPress.
And the lucky reader is ….
I’ll send an email to arrange mailing of her prize. A big thank you to everyone for supporting this giveaway by leaving comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how much you all admire Saint Brigid.
Thank you all for supporting our Irish American community.
And, thanks for following my recipes and ramblings.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
Disclosure: Irish American Mom does not have a financial relationship with Prime Tours of Dublin, Ohio, nor with Cindy Thomson, author. No payment was received in exchange for publication of this post.