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Mike and Sue Zins tour Ireland

April 13, 2013

Sue and Mike Zins stand in front of the Church of Saint Kevin in Dublin, Ireland. The Ireland Tour Group that they were with celebrated a 2:00 p.m. Mass at the Shrine of Saint Kevin with Father Tim Biren.  
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Submitted Photo
FULDA FREE PRESS/Submitted Photo
Sue and Mike Zins stand in front of the Church of Saint Kevin in Dublin, Ireland. The Ireland Tour Group that they were with celebrated a 2:00 p.m. Mass at the Shrine of Saint Kevin with Father Tim Biren.
   Father Tim Biren had made special arrangements with churches in Ireland to preside over daily Mass for the members of the Tour group.  
 Submitted photo
Submitted photo
Father Tim Biren had made special arrangements with churches in Ireland to preside over daily Mass for the members of the Tour group.
By Norma Dittman, Fulda Free Press staff writer
Kissing the Blarney Stone was something that Sue Zins wasn’t sure that she would ever do, but when given the opportunity, she certainly did do it!

During the latter part of January of this year, Mike and Sue Zins were part of a Passages by Peter’s Way tour group to the country of Ireland. Their spiritual guide for the tour was former Iona man, Father Tim Biren. Father Biren currently serves the tri-parish Catholic community of St. Joseph in Good Thunder, St. Matthew in Vernon Center and St. Teresa in Mapleton.

The Zins’ shared that their journey began on January 21st where they departed for Ireland from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. They flew to New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and then to Dublin, Ireland.

“The first day in Ireland, I bought an Irish sweater. I was glad I did because it rained every day that we were there,” Sue stated. “It’s a different kind of damp in Ireland.”

On January 22nd, the group met up with their tour manager and guide, Noel, and were soon on their way to Galway. Arriving in Galway, the group boarded the Corrib Princess for a guided tour of the River Corrib.

At 4:00 p.m., the group celebrated Mass, led by Father Biren, at the Church of St. Augustine.

Dinner that evening was enjoyed at Jury’s Inn in Galway. “Our group became known as the Pews and Pubs group,” Sue indicated with a chuckle. “We would celebrate mass early in the day and then visit a pub at night.”

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