Day 3: Kylemore, Connemara, & Knock

 Wednesday, October 10th

We started today with Irish breakfast. Then we boarded our motor coach for our journey to Kylemore Abbey. Along the way we drove through scenic Mayo county and miles of breathtaking countryside.

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We made a stop at Connemara and visited some sheep by the roadside. They weren’t too keen on us trying to befriend them. 

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We then continued to Kylemore Abbey. The manor is absolutely stunning, inside and out. 

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 St benedict, pray for us! 

St benedict, pray for us! 

We spent some time exploring the Victorian gardens after the manor.  

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On the grounds of Kylemore is a tiny church, often described as a “cathedral in miniature”,  built by the Mitchel Henry, the wealthy former owner of the property. The estate was later converted to an Abbey by the Benedictine Sisters. 

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 the Henry family mausoleum 

the Henry family mausoleum 

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We then made our way to Knock to sing for a Solemn Mass and annointing of the sick. The church was filled with pilgrims from all over the world! Though there were hundreds of people, there we still a lot of empty seats, but I guess that’s not too bad considering the Basilica seats over 10,000! 

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 the Basilica of Knock 

the Basilica of Knock 

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 we only had a few minutes to rehearse before Mass began. 

we only had a few minutes to rehearse before Mass began. 

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 getting ready for Mass

getting ready for Mass

 St. Benedict Choir

St. Benedict Choir

 the Eucharistic chapel in the Basilica 

the Eucharistic chapel in the Basilica 

 our view as we said goodbye to the Basilica

our view as we said goodbye to the Basilica

We returned to our hotel for dinner. 

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 a toast to end a great day! 

a toast to end a great day! 

After a full and wonderful day, it’s time to retire. We can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!