Citizens Bank Travel Club Members Explore Ireland

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BATESVILLE – October 27, 2016 – Nearly two dozen members of the Citizens Bank Travel Club recently returned from a lively 10-day excursion across Ireland, during which they explored castles and ancient ruins, and experienced the island nation’s lush countryside, impressive landscapes and natural wonders.

“This trip to the Emerald Isle was the crown jewel of the 2016 schedule for our Travel Club, which we re-established this year as a benefit for customers and friends,” said Phil Baldwin, Citizens Bank President and Chief Executive Officer.  “Travel Club members are busy every month attending plays and concerts, visiting museums and historical sites, and engaging in other fun and interesting activities.  We will soon announce our 2017 calendar of events.”

Travel Club members who explored Ireland included Batesville residents Judy Barnett, Linda Brooks, Connie and Ronnie Coots, Sue Floyd, Beverly Fountain, Colleen Jackson, Chuck Jones, Kay Reynolds, Sharie Williams, Mary Woodsmall and Deborah Wyatt; plus Sarah Boone of Hickory Ridge; Kim Fountain of Branson, Mo.; Betty Johnston and Becky Reynolds of Ashdown; Doris Lillard of Charlotte; Sharon and Bill Lillard of Cord; Melanie Miller of Republic, Mo.;  Randy Petty of Dardanelle; and Patty Sample of Evening Shade.

After taking in the historical, educational and entertaining attractions of the capital city of Dublin, the travelers boarded a motorcoach for an expansive clockwise tour of the island nation and its lush countryside.  A few of their destinations included Kilkenny Castle, built in the 12th Century; the Waterford Crystal factory at Waterford; Killarney National Park; Blarney Castle (and an opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone); a typical Irish dairy farm; the majestic Cliffs of Moher which stand 700 feet above the North Atlantic Ocean; and a final night’s lodging in the elegant Cabra Castle north of Dublin.

Other Citizens Bank Travel Club destinations in 2016 have included the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum at Piggott, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Crystal

Bridges Museum of American Art at Bentonville, Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and Dyess Colony, and P. Allen Smith’s Farm and Garden Home west of Little Rock.

In November, club members will attend a performance of Agatha Christie’s play “And Then There Were None” at Murry’s Dinner Theater in Little Rock and, in December, they will visit Garvan Woodland Gardens at Hot Springs for a “Holiday High Tea” and view four million holiday lights illuminating the Gardens.

The Citizens Bank Travel Club’s 2017 schedule of monthly activities will include at least two major excursions, including international and domestic destinations.  To join the Travel Club or obtain additional information, contact Chuck Jones at Citizens Bank, 870-698-6233, or

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Blarney Castle

PHOTO #1:  Kay Reynolds (from left) of Batesville, Doris Lillard of Charlotte, Sharon Lillard of Cord, and Connie and Ronnie Coots of Batesville are all smiles after kissing the Blarney Stone atop Blarney Castle, which was built in the 1400s in Ireland.  Kissing the Blarney Stone is said to provide the gift of eloquence.


Cliffs Moher

PHOTO #2:  A light rain, fog and wind prompt Linda Brooks (from left) of Batesville to huddle with her daughter, Melanie Miller of Republic, Mo., and Colleen Jackson of Batesville at the Cliffs of Moher, which rise more than 700 feet about the North Atlantic Ocean in County Clare, Ireland.


Waterford Crystal

PHOTO #3:  Time certainly is money as Mary Woodsmall of Batesville (left) and her sister, Sarah Boone of Hickory Ridge, admire a crystal-encased grandfather clock valued at more than $650,000 during a tour of the Waterford Crystal factory at Waterford, Ireland.

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PHOTO #4:  Bill and Sharon Lillard of Cord happily re-enact the wedding in 1170 of English invader “Strongbow” and his bride, Aoife, in Waterford, Ireland.  Strongbow was the nickname given to an English Earl who helped lead the Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th Century.

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