8 Nights

The Armagh Rhymers

“Masks, Myths & Music” of Ireland

5th – 14th October 2023

The Armagh Rhymers are one of the most celebrated traditional music and theatre ensembles on the island of Ireland. “Since we were founded in the 1970s, we have delighted audiences in schools, and festivals throughout Ireland and around the world”. In essence through music, storytelling, drama, and colourful costumes, they evoke a sense of tradition and history. Above all, they encapsulate the spirit of the Wren boys and the ancient house-visiting traditions of Ireland, where the kitchen floor became the stage.

Furthermore, the Rhyming tradition is a celebration of the ‘theatre of the people’ and has inspired many poets such as Seamus Heaney, Brendan Kennelly, John Montague, and John Hewitt. Meet the world-famous Armagh Rhymers on home ground and enter the ancient, magical, and mysterious world of mummers.

*The Armagh Rhymers are a not-for-profit, registered charity and any profits generated are reinvested into their education and community arts programmes.*

Our 8 Night / 9 Day tour of Ireland includes:

  • Deluxe motorcoach for all transfers, touring, and sightseeing
  • Services of a professional Irish Tour Director throughout
  • Accommodations at first class, superior hotels for eight (8): Armagh City Hotel, Armagh (3), Everglades Hotel, Derry (3), Canal Court Hotel, Newry (2)
  • Four (4) Hotel Dinners & one (1) Irish Cabaret Show with dinner.
  • Full Irish Breakfast Daily including the day of arrival
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at hotels throughout of 1 suitcase per person
  • Taxes and Service Charges on items included
  • Travel documents to include: Document wallet, luggage tags, and daily itinerary

*Please note walking tours are optional and the outline itinerary and hotels may be subject to change*

Tour Details:

TOUR PRICE Land Only Price: $2789.00 per person based on Double Room Occupancy (Land Only)
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (Limited Single Rooms Available)  $399.00 to be paid along with the full per-person tour price based on Sole Room Occupancy


START DATE Tour Commences 6th October 2023 at Dublin Airport
END DATE Tour Finishes 14th October 2023 at Dublin Airport
WEAR Clothing (we recommend layered clothing, sensible walking shoes, rain jacket and carry bag for daily touring)

Visit to Patrick Kavanagh Centre County Monaghan

Lunch Stop Carrickdale Hotel (Day 1)

Navan Centre Armagh

Benburb Castle

St Patrick’s Centre Downpatrick

Lunch Denvir’s Inn Downpatrick

Mourne View Whiskey Experience and evening meal

Ulster American Folk Park

Lunch Mellon Country Inn

Derry City Walking Tour

Dunluce Castle, Giants Causeway

Seamus Heaney Centre

Lunch Friel’s Bar Swatragh

Ulster Folk Park Cultra

Final evening performance by Armagh Rhymers at Canal Court Hotel

*Various performances by Armagh Rhymers throughout the tour at various locations*

NOT INCLUDED International Flights (Land Only)
Travel Insurance
Gratuity to Tour Director

Tour Registration:

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To register for this tour and if paying by check please click on the PDF icon below and download & print this registration form.

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Tour TypeLand Only

The Armagh Rhymers

“Masks, Myths & Music of Ireland”

Outline Itinerary (subject to change)


Day 1

Dinner and refreshments will be served. You will awaken this morning to your first glimpse of Ireland.


Day 2

Arrival at Dublin Airport. Morning visit to Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen County Monaghan. Lunch at Carrickdale Hotel. Tour of South Armagh to incorporate Myths and Legends and various stops along the way. Arrive at Armagh City Hotel early evening. Welcome drink, followed by Dinner, bed, and breakfast.

Overnight: Armagh City Hotel, Dinner, bed and breakfast


Day 3

Tour locally to include Navan Centre, City, Benburb Castle, and Battle of Yellow Ford. An evening with the Armagh Rhymers locally.

Overnight: Armagh City Hotel, Bed and breakfast

(Possible evening at Mc Keever’s Orchard with finger food, tasting and music).


Day 4

St Patrick’s Trail – Armagh Cathedral’s and then onwards through St Patrick’s Country to Downpatrick with a visit to St Patrick’s Centre / Down Cathedral / Lunch locally at Denvir’s Inn Downpatrick / Afternoon visit to Saul Church and return to Armagh via Mournes Coastal route.

Overnight Armagh City Hotel, Dinner, bed and breakfast


Day 5

Morning visit to Ulster American Folk Park. Incorporate Ulster-Scots heritage with Rhymers as part of the visit. (Possible lunch at Melon Country Inn). Afternoon visit to Beaghmore stone circle subject to tour vehicle being able to enter grounds. Onwards to Derry City and check in at the hotel.

Everglades Hotel. Overnight Dinner, bed and breakfast


Day 6

Day based around City with a visit to St Columba Centre. City Tour to include a Walk on city walls and viewing the murals of the city. Discover the local craft village in the heart of the city.

Overnight: Everglades Hotel, Derry, Bed and breakfast.

(Dinner can be arranged locally in the city, discuss options / other optional visits can be discussed).


Day 7

A Day on the Antrim coast with a visit to Dunluce Castle, Giants Causeways and visit to Ballycastle. (Story of Celtic Connections, Ossian’s grave etc). Return to Derry early evening.

Overnight: Everglades Hotel, Derry Bed and breakfast.


Day 8

Leave Derry and travel to Seamus Heaney Centre in Maghera. Lunch in Friel’s bar Swatragh. Onwards to Belfast and Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra Rhymers perform House visiting tradition, and meet Bob Johnston Armagh Rhymers mask maker. Travel to Newry.

Overnight: Canal Court Hotel Newry. Dinner, bed, and breakfast.


Day 9

Leisurely morning followed by a tour to Medieval Carlingford and local stories from the Rhymers on the way. Drive through mountains to Long Woman’s Grave and possible session by Rhymers in Lumper’s Pub in Ravensdale.

Overnight: Canal Court Hotel, Newry, Dinner, bed, and breakfast.


Day 10

Morning transfer to Dublin Airport and drop off in the City centre for anyone who has organized a post-night stay.

5th October 2023 – Overnight Flight to Ireland

6th, 7th & 8th October 2023 – Armagh City Hotel, Armagh

From magnificent facilities to magical experiences, the Armagh City Hotel, part of the Mooney Hotel group, has created a new milestone in award-winning hospitality in this realm of scholars and kings.

Not only does its international sophistication blend beautifully with its ancient setting, but the hotel is also making unique history itself with its award-winning mix of luxury accommodations, state-of-the-art conference facilities, spectacular leisure facilities, and a dynamic combination of professionalism and friendly service.

9th, 10th & 11th October 2023 – Everglades Hotel, Derry

The Everglades Hotel in Derry-Londonderry is a stylish first choice for visitors to Northern Ireland’s fascinating second city. With 64 deluxe bedrooms including three suites, every room has been tastefully furnished and decorated so you can maximum relaxation with minimum fuss.

Overlooking the River Foyle with views across to the hills of Donegal, this four star destination provides a bright and comfortable welcome to Derry~Londonderry, the lively heritage and cultural centre of the North West. Located only a five minute drive from the bustling, historic and dynamic City Centre, the Everglades Hotel is ideally located for exploring and experiencing everything this City has to offer.

12th & 13th October 2023 – Canal Court Hotel, Newry

The Canal Court Hotel is a leading 4 Star Hotel in County Down and is located in heart of Newry City sitting on the banks of Ireland’s Oldest Manmade Waterway, the Newry Canal. The hotel is located 40 minutes from Belfast and from Dublin on the A1/M1 motorway.

Newry City hotels don’t come any more central than the Canal Court Hotel, Spa and Leisure Club. The hotel is right in the heart of Newry City centre and close to the main shopping centres of the city, Slieve Gullion mountain range, the canal walk and plenty to see and do.

14th October 2023 – Return flight to the US

You bid farewell to the Emerald Isle as you board your flight back home.

All our coaches are Luxurious and ideal for a comfortable tour of Ireland. There is ample leg room and all seats recline.  The coaches are fully air-conditioned and have a wc on board. There is a PA system on board so as not to miss a word of our knowledgeable and competent drivers/guides.

Luxury 49 Seat Executive Coach

  • 49 Reclining Seats
  • Full air conditioning
  • DVD player
  • Refrigerator
  • WC

Kerry Coaches 49 Seater

*Subject to Change depending on numbers going on tour *

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The Armagh Rhymers

“Masks, Myths & Music” of Ireland

5th – 14th October 2023

Land Only Tour Price

  • Land Only Price: $2789.00 per person based on Double Room Occupancy (Land Only) 
  • Single Supplement: $399.00 to be paid along with full per person tour price based on Sole Room Occupancy

How To Join

  • To join this tour, complete the below registration form and send it along with a check deposit of $300.00 per person and make payable to Brack Tours if paying by credit card please see below.

Deposits & Payments Schedule per person:

  • A deposit of $300.00 per person is required at the time of booking
  • Second Part Payment of $900.00 due by 1st June 2023 per person
  • All Final Payment due by 1st August 2023

If paying by check:

  • Complete the registration form
  • Make check payable to Brack Tours
  • Mail the form along with the check to: Brack Tours, 133 Washington Street #524 Dover, NH 03820

Tour Booking Code:

  • MMMAR23

Air Cancellation Penalties:

  • Air: 120 days prior to departure air is Non-refundable

Land Cancellation Penalties:

  • Land: Outside of 65 days Forfeit of deposit per person
  • Land: 64 – 46 days Forfeit 35% Land Price per person
  • Land: 45 – 16 days  Forfeit 50% Land Price per person
  • Land: 15 days or less Forfeit 100%  Land Price  per person

Tour Registration

To register for this tour and if paying by check please click here on the PDF icon below and download & print this registration form.

*For any members wishing to pay or register using Euro or Sterling please contact info@bracktours.com for assistance*

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