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Wild Geese plan millennium trip

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

The Wild Geese, the Connecticut-based Irish cultural group, will take off for its millennium flight to Ireland next Sept. 13-24.

This is the third such flight to Ireland by the Wild Geese, but this year’s journey takes on a special significance, it being the last of the century.

Those going on the trip will depart from JFK International Airport in New York on Sept. 13 for an overnight flight to Shannon. The group will then travel by coach to Galway, with an afternoon tour of the Burren.

On Wednesday morning, the golfers on the trip will head to Lahinch Golf club, while those not enamored by the greens may explore Galway City.

Thursday, Sept. 16, includes a trip to the Aran Islands. On Inishmaan, the Wild Geese will visit a cottage used by the playwright John Millington Synge. The cottage has been restored with financial help from the Wild Geese. That night there will be a dinner in the medieval Dunguire Castle.

Friday’s activities will include a trip to Limerick, the fairways of Ballybunion, and the rededication of a Wild Geese statue presented by the Wild Geese to Limerick City in 1991. From Limerick, the U.S. vacationers will head to Killarney.

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Sept. 19 will include visits to the Dingle Penninsula and lunch at the Blasket Heritage Center. On Monday, the trip continues onto Cork and, later, by express train north to Dublin, where it is hoped, the group will meet with the president of Ireland, Mary McAleese or the U.S. ambassador, Mike Sullivan.

There will be trip to Wicklow on Sept. 22. The group departs from Dublin on Sept. 24.

The price per person is $2,945. For reservations, call John Grogan at (203) 966-2544

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