I cannot contain in one blog post all the things we did during our nine days on the Emerald Isle. Plus, you probably could care less about the details anyway. It was such an incredible trip. One of my favorite countries with my best friends in the world. What could be better?Every day, I made a list of the things we did so I could remember them and write the detailed story down later. I’ll just give you the shorthand, okay? Deal.

Day 1 (Thursday)

  • Flew from Memphis to Atlanta with a 3-hour layover before the 7.5 hour flight to Dublin

Day 2 (Friday)

  • Landed in Dublin at 5:30 a.m. (MIDNIGHT AT HOME) and began our journey
  • Had a traditional Irish breakfast of sausage, bacon/ham, tomato, egg, pork ‘n beans, toast, and coffee
  • Toured the Lost City of Clonmacnoise, an old monastery from years past
  • Had lunch at an Irish pub where I played the piano and received a free CD from the bartender
  • Arrived in Galway

Day 3 (Saturday)

  • Visited Kylemoore Abbey and sang in the Gothic Church on the site
  • Met Stephanie, an Australian lady who called our singing “God-given”
  • Concert: St. Nicholas’s Collegiate Church (Christopher Columbus prayed there in 1477)
  • Played Signs until 2:00 a.m. in Dr. Mathews’s room

Day 4 (Sunday)

  • Participated in 11:00 Mass at St. Augustine’s Parish Church in Galway
  • Went to the Cliffs of Moher
  • Arrived in Killarney

Day 5 (Monday)

  • Toured the town of Dingle and went to the Dingle Peninsula
  • Had fish ‘n chips for the first time
  • Concert: St. Mary’s Church of Ireland (Killarney)

Day 6 (Tuesday)

  • Arrived in Cork
  • Attended 10:30 Mass of St. Antony at St. Francis’s Catholic Church
  • Met a mission team from FBC Woodstock doing street evangelism
  • Concert: St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral
  • Went to Blarney Castle and kissed the Blarney Stone

Day 7 (Wednesday)

  • Toured the Rock of Cashel
  • Sang with a small group for a lady at the Cashel Woolen Store who gave gifts to those who sang
  • Arrived in Clonmel
  • Concert: Old St. Mary’s Church of Ireland

Day 8 (Thursday)

  • Saw the Ahenny High Crosses
  • Arrived in Dublin
  • Participated in 3:00 Mass at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church
  • Saw the remains of St. Valentine
  • Attended choral evensong Trinity College
  • Went to Temple Bar, cultural center of Dublin
  • Stayed in the TACKIEST hotel in all of Dublin

Day 9 (Friday)

  • Visited memorial to those who died in the Potato Famine
  • Concert: St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Worked with Michael McGlynn, arranger of one of our choral pieces
  • Ate at Supermac’s

Day 10 (Saturday)

  • Up at 5:45 for our 11:15 flight
  • 8.5 hour flight from Dublin to Atlanta
  • Ran into the GO Boston team from Union…who we learned were on our same flight to Memphis!
  • Arrived in Memphis at 7:15 and got home at 9:30

Link to photos from the trip: CLICK HERE


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