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Ireland - Irish Culture and History

Ireland Culture and History



$1,000 Global Advantage Scholarship available for qualified students with a 2.5 GPA or higher

Application Deadline Extended: Apply by March 3, 2017


Program sheet: Ireland 2017.pdf

The Country:

This small island nation on the fringe of Europe attracts visitors because of its natural beauty and the friendliness of its people. Irish culture is a global force – because of the “bloody genius” of the Irish, as poet Seamus Heaney put it, but also because of the Irish Diaspora, the world-wide spread of Irish people. Ireland is never far from the minds of the nearly 40 million Americans who claim Irish ancestry.  Though often idealized and romanticized in the American imagination, the connections between Ireland and America are real and worth careful study.

“Ireland is such a great place with strong connections to America and you can learn a lot about American and Irish culture while there.”
-student, 2014 program

The Course:  Course work begins in America with sessions designed to prepare students for travel and getting the most from the experience. In addition to learning about the cultural contributions of the Irish and the connections between Ireland and America, students will learn how to be travelers instead of tourists. In July, students will travel to Ireland to experience the diversity of this modern nation. Travel in Ireland will include both urban and rural settings. We begin in Dublin, Ireland’s largest city and once the second city of the British Empire. Historic streets, buildings, museums and pubs tell the story of Ireland’s long struggle for independence from the British. Along the way, students will discover Ireland’s extraordinary story-telling culture and literary heritage. Travel to the “wild West” of Ireland exposes students to traditional Irish culture and landscapes that continue to capture human imagination. By the end of our travels, a much richer understanding of what it means to be Irish will emerge.

Humanities Ireland Schedule: July 9-24, 2017
Pre-departure workshop for one week in June. 4 two-hour class meetings on Irish history and culture and instruction on traveling abroad.
  • Sunday, July 9: Depart USA
  • Monday, July 10: Arrive at Hotel, tour Parnell Square, O’Connell Street and Temple Bar area
  • Tuesday, July 11: Historical Walking tour of Dublin
  • Wednesday, July 12: Kilmainham Gaol museum
  • Thursday, July 13: Dublin City Museum and National museums of Dublin
  • Friday, July 14: Galway, Eyre Square, Galway City Museum
  • Saturday, July 15: Galway market, Burren, Cliffs of Moher
  • Sunday July 16: Aran Islands
  • Monday, July 17-Saturday, July 22: Tullycross, Walking tours of Connemara and Inishbofin Island, music and theater performance by Renvyle artists
  • Sunday, July 23: Return to Dublin, cultural performance
  • Monday, July 24: Return to USA
Program Highlights: 
Ireland’s national art galleries and museums Theatrical and traditional musical performances
Visit Historic pubs  Archaeological tour of the Boyne Valley, including Newgrange, Drogheda and the Hill of Tara
The Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region The Aran Islands, including the Iron Age fort of Dun Aengus
Hiking the beaches and hills of Connemara Village life in Tully Cross along the Renvyle Peninsula
 Nightlife in Galway City  

Note: The program requires students to be able to walk 7 miles a day and to be able to lift 25 pounds. 

Estimated Program Fee: $3,700:
First payment ($500 deposit) due by application deadline 

Includes: Does Not Include: 
Round trip Airfare Tuition (3 credits, Summer '17) 
Housing in Hotel, Hostel and Cottages Personal Expenses 
International Health Insurance  Passport Fee 
Many Guided Cultural Excursions ------
In Country Travel ------
Some Meals  ------

Check out photos from past study abroad to Ireland in the photo album 

Program Contact: 
David McMahon, Professor, History
319-887-3630, david.mcmahon@kirkwood.edu
 

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