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Irish Culture in Ireland

PROGRAM DATESJuly 4 - July 17, 2001    PROGRAM PRICE:   $2690
To be eligible, students must be a minimum of 16 years old by the departure date.
This literary tour is designed to create an awareness in participants of the
impact of language, culture and nature on the creative spirit - and to evoke that spirit in them.

Academic Information
No formal classes are included.
Selected readings of appropriate authors will be presented and discussed in the
context of the students' travel experience.
Students are encouraged to journal.
Organized excursions provide a mobile culture classroom.
Day 1. . . . . Depart for Ireland.

Day 2. . . . .Arrive Dublin airport. Visit the city this afternoon.

Day 3. . . . .Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College, founded by
Queen Elizabeth I.

Day 4. . . . .Travel to Sandycove in south county Dublin to visit the Joyce
Museum via Sandymount Strand and Sandymount village, the birthplace of Yeats.

Day 5. . . . .Take a day trip to the beautiful remote countryside of
Wicklow. Continue to Glendalough, a serene hidden valley beside two deep lakes.

Day 6. . . . .Explore Dublin's Writer's Museum on Parnell Square and the
Joyce Cultural Centre. Tonight enjoy a performance at Dublin's Abbey or
Gate theatre with a backstage tour.

Day 7. . . . .Travel to Sligo over the Hill of Tara in County Meath. Stop
in Newgrange, the 4000 year old passage grave located in the fabled Boyne
Valley site. From nearby Ardee to Dundalk, stretches the plain of
Muirthemne, the home ground of Cuchulainn.

Day 8. . . . .Tour the Sligo countryside, including the seaside village of
Rosses Point, Lough Gill, Dooney Rock, and the beautiful Glencar Waterfall.
Visit Lissadell House and the graveyard of Drumcliff, where Yeats is buried
under the shadow of the great Ben Bulben.

Day 9. . . . .Depart Sligo for Galway, the most colourful of Irish towns,
traveling through the austere landscape of north Mayo, then on to Westport
and through the beautiful countryside of Connemara.

Day 10. . . . .In Galway, visit no. 8 Bowling Green Street and the renowned
Druid Theatre.

Day 11. . . . .Take the ferry from Rossaveal to Inishmore, the largest of
the Aran Islands where the Irish language is still spoken.

Day 12. . . . .Travel south of Galway to the Burren. Stop at the Cliffs of
Moher, continuing through Ennistymon and Clare to Gort.

Day 13. . . . .Depart for Dublin via Galway, pass through Athlone in Westmeath.

Day 14. . . . .Fly home, inspired by Ireland!