was updated 1/10/08
Since the Hollingsworth and Harlan families have many connections, the Hollingsworth's
would like any Harlan's to join them. For further information, please contact Susan
Aggarwal at VNSAGG@aol.com.
"Kiss Me, I'm Irish" Hollingsworth Tour - October 17-25, 2005:
Welcome to an opportunity for treading in the footsteps of our ancestors. See our history
as it unfolds in the homeland of our family in a very special way! Join the members
Hollingsworth Family as we examine the roots of our family as they lived and worshiped in
England and Ireland over three hundred years ago. Perhaps better understand what drove
them to embark on a perilous journey that changed the family legacy for centuries into the
future. Time spent together in these locations can also change our lives. Bring your
grandchildren and children to search for their family beginnings.
The tour will be accompanied by Marjory Harlan Sgroi, a Harlan family member who has
arranged four previous tours to examine that familys history -- which so mirrors our
Come along on a truly unforgettable trip!
Monday, October 17
This is departure day for the flight to Manchester for those not planning to arrive early
Tuesday, October 18
This morning our group arrives and meets at Manchester Airport. We are met by our coach
and driver for transfer to our centrally located hotel in Chester, an ancient walled city.
We will have lunch together to get acquainted before a free afternoon for resting or
wandering in the city. Our escort, Marjory Harlan Sgroi, will be on hand to help direct us
to the local sites such as Chester Cathedral or for a walk around the citys Roman
walls. Tonight we will have a welcome reception and dinner with time to talk about
upcoming events. (L, D)
Wednesday, October 19
After breakfast this morning, our coach will proceed to the surrounding countryside for
visits to Hollingsworth sites. We will visit Hollingsworth Church in Mottram, followed by
a visit to
Hollingsworth Hall Farm. If it is possible, we will have lunch there or alternatively at a
local pub. This evening will be free to explore Chester will suggestions on restaurants
and pubs. (B, L)
Thursday, October 20
After a very early breakfast, we will take our coach to Liverpool Airport for the flight
to Belfast. We arrive in Belfast midday to meet our Irish guide and driver. Then we will
have a panoramic tour of the city, including the spectacular City Hall and Belfast
Cathedral. We will also have a drive past the Harland Wolfe Shipyards to see where the
infamous Titanic was build. Unfortunately, the shipyards are closed now. After our city
tour, we will proceed to Armagh for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Friday, October 21
After breakfast, today will be devoted to searching out ancestral connections. Mr.
Hollingsworth was born in Ballyvickcrannel in County Armagh in 1632. His family was
originally English but migrated to Ireland as adventurers. He became a Quaker
while still in
Ireland but later immigrated to Delaware (then Pennsylvania) in 1687, along with the
Harlands, another Quaker family. The two families inter-married in America. The first
meeting of the Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) was held in Lurgan in 1654, followed
by the Lurgan Meeting House, built in 1696. Since the visits of the Harlans in 1994 and
1995, there is a new Meeting House, replacing one badly in need of repair. We will have a
meeting with members of the congregation and hear about the history of the parish,
followed by lunch prepared by members of the congregation. The rest of today will be spent
learning about the history of the Hollingsworths in Northern Ireland. We have some new
information about local connections to explore because of a recent trip by John
Hollingsworth. Dinner and
overnight will be at our Armagh hotel this evening. (B, L, D)
Saturday, October 22
Following breakfast, we drive south to Dublin via Newry, Dundalk and Drogheda. We will
stop at the Hill of Tara, known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Then we will
continue on to Dublin, arriving early afternoon, in time for an independent lunch in the
city. This afternoon we will visit St. Patricks Cathedral, founded in 1190. The
original structure has been rebuilt many times, with a 300-foot long interior (the longest
in Ireland) containing many historic relics. Jonathan Swift (author of Gullivers
Travels) was once Dean here. We will have a stop at the Marsh Library, adjacent to the
Cathedral. It was built in 1701 by Archbishop Marsh and was the first public library in
Ireland. It contains ancient manuscripts that are chained in small cell-like cubicles,
originally for their protection. After this busy day, we check into our hotel with this
evening free for dining in Dublin. (B)
Sunday, October 23
After breakfast, we depart Dublin for a drive south through the Wicklow Mountains, with a
visit to Glendalough, a 6th century monastic settlement, famous for its round tower and
Celtic crosses. We can walk down to the scenic lake to enjoy the green, green countryside
before continuing on to Wexford, to explore the town and its surroundings before making
our way to our hotel and dinner in the hotel restaurant. (B, D)
Monday, October 24
After breakfast, we visit the Waterford Crystal Factory and admire how skilled craftsmen
blow and form the world-renowned crystal art pieces. In the showrooms, we will see the
finished products and perhaps indulge in some shopping therapy. Then a drive to Kilkenny
to visit the Castle built in the 13th century and once the seat of the Butler family, the
Dukes of Ormond. The splendidly restored building is set in a beautiful parkland. We will
make a stop for an independent lunch on our way to Dublin just in time to visit Trinity
College, where The Book of Kells, a magnificent 9th Century manuscript of the Gospels is
on display in the Old Library. It is renowned world-wide for its rich and varied
illustrations. We then check into
our Dublin Hotel for a short refreshment before being transferred to our Irish Night. We
will enjoy dinner and traditional Irish entertainment with music and dance as a farewell
to our family journey. (B, D)
Tuesday, October 25
After an early breakfast and packing all of our souvenirs and memories, we are on to the
Dublin Airport for our flights home. (B)
Price: $2895 per person, double occupancy, $425 single supplement.
Reservations: Reservations must be confirmed with a $750 deposit by June 30, 2005. Final
payment in full is due by July 30, 2005. Refund of the deposit can only be made if the
traveler can provide an alternate traveler. We strongly recommend trip cancellation
and will provide those forms.
Participants: The maximum number of reservations to be accepted is 25.
Luggage: Each traveler will be allowed one suitcase to be transported by coach, plus a
carry-on bag that will fit under an airline seat and be handled by the traveler.
Includes: Superior hotel accommodations, transfers to Ireland and tours as described.
and refreshments as described. Baggage tips and service charges which are included in
hotel and restaurant bills and government taxes.
Not included: Air transportation to/from the United States. (We will be happy to assist
with your reservations.) Meals, wines, liquors or other beverages not included in the
sightseeing or other services than those specifically mentioned, items of a personal
nature, excess baggage, optional gratuities to guides or hotel staffs. .
Food Service Guide:
Kindly complete this form (please print) and send it with your deposit to:
ASHTON-DRYE ASSOCIATES, INC.
95 Squire Place Orchard Park, New York 14127
Telephone/Fax: (716) 667-3359
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I wish to take arrange a stayover in Ireland:
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understand that the balance of payment will be
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For further information, contact:
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Orchard Park, NY 14127
Phone/Fax: (716) 667-3359
There aren't any plans for Harlan tours at the moment. If you are interested in future
tours, please contact me at 1-800-785-7785 or look us up at www.ashtondrye.com.
---Marjory Harlan Sgroi
1998 Trip to Wales Welcome to the Harlan Tours Page. Over the past five
years, the Harlans have taken three tours that included England, Northern Ireland,
Scotland and Wales in search of the sites of our roots. We visited such highlights
as St. Peter's Church in Monkwearmouth (site of the baptism of George), Sutton Hall
outside of York with its nearby church, the Lurgan Meeting in Northern Ireland and the
Harland Moors in Yorkshire.