Win A Trip To Ireland: Kelly Ford's Fall Flyaway with Aer Lingus

September 25, 2019
Kelly Ford's Fall Flyaway

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Listen to Kelly Ford In The Morning on Thursday, October 24th at 9:25am for YOUR next chance to win a trip to Ireland to #DiscoverYourRoots with #AerLingus!

New York's Country 94.7 is getting ready to send you on a trip to Ireland -- but not before we send our own Kelly Ford in the Morning and her two sisters, Colleen and Maureen, across the pond to check out the sights, sounds, and rich history of the Emerald Isle. Kelly and her sisters will be taking part in Aer Lingus' special 'Discover Your Roots' package where the ladies will learn all about their own heritage during private consultations with a genealogist, and will then follow in the footsteps of their ancestors.

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Experience Aer Lingus Offers:

  • The Smart Way to Europe: Daily nonstop service from New York (JFK) and Newark (EWR) Airports to Ireland, with convenient connecting service to over 30 destinations across Europe, including Paris, London, Amsterdam and Rome.
  • Tailor Your Ticket to Your Trip: From simple, no-fuss fares to super-flexible tickets with all the frills, we've developed a range of fare types and add-on extras to suit every need and budget.
  • Cleared for Arrival: All flights to the U.S. pre-clear U.S. Immigration and U.S. Customs & Agriculture controls in Dublin and Shannon airports. Pre-clearance is the ultimate time-saving service.
  • Surf While You Fly! With Wi-Fi and our mobile network on board all A330 aircraft, you can keep in touch with friends and family, catch up on work, send some texts, or simply browse your favorite sites, all from the comfort of your seat.
  • Complimentary Dining: We provide a delicious complimentary meal or you can choose from a selection of tempting pre-order meal options.
  • Flying Business: We deliver a stress-free flight, with luxury dining as standard, superb lounge facilities to keep you fresh and relaxed, and the connectivity you need to stay in touch.

Discover Your Roots Package:

  • Follow in the footsteps of your Irish ancestors with this trip that is all about culture and countryside!
  • This air and land inclusive package includes the following:
  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Dublin (DUB)
  • 2 nights in Dublin at the North Star Hotel or similar
  • Admission to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
  • Admission to the Irish Family History Centre
  • 90-minute private consultation with a genealogy expert at The Irish Family History Centre
  • Manual, economy-sized car rental for 4 nights
  • 4 nights in your choice of B&Bs throughout Ireland


What a week in the Motherland, Ireland!  I just got back from the trip of a lifetime with my family and I can’t wait for you go too and discover YOUR roots. We experienced that legendary Irish hospitality from the moment our trip started at JFK airport in the Aer Lingus lounge.  That friendliness and openness extended when we boarded our direct flight to Dublin.   5 hours later when we landed we hit the ground running.

My sisters and I checked into the Davenport Hotel in Dublin and walked over to The Irish Immigrant Family Center.   We met with a genealogist who traced our family history back to the 1820’s in Dublin.   What a treat it was to hear about our Mom’s heritage.  She left Ireland to marry my Dad who she met while he was serving in the U.S. Army.  This is day one of our 5-day trip!

On our second day in Ireland, we started the day with a tour of the Jeanie Johnston. The Jeanie Johnston was a famine ship that became famous after it made 16 voyages from Ireland to North America without ever having a passenger or crew member pass away on board. This was particularly impressive considering the ships that made the trans-Atlantic voyages were known as "coffin ships."

Our original plan was to go to 14 Henrietta Street to see the tenements that my ancestors would have lived in. Unfortunately, due to the rain and threat of a hurricane, the museum was closed. Dublin is full of things to do, so although we were bummed we couldn't make it there, finding something else to do was not a hard task at all. We decided to check out Pearse Lyons Whiskey. Pearse Lyons has a Kentucky connection in that the whiskey is aged in burbon barrels from Lexington, Kentucky! We thought this was really cool, especially being that me and my two sisters were born in Louisville. We got a tour of this awesome distillery, which was in an old church - the whiskey stills were actually placed on the old alter! After the tour, we got to do a tasting of four of their signature whiskeys. As you can tell by my face in the video, the first was a little harsh, but the third and fourth flavors were delicious!