Scotties in Ireland
A group of lucky Agnes Scott students and faculty recently returned from a 19-day tour of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Twenty one students spent the semester before the trip studying the literature, films and history of Ireland and traveled this winter to visit sites related to those works and events. The tour wound through Dublin, Waterford, Killarney, Galway, Sligo, Derry and Belfast. At each location, the group stopped at relevant sites and read aloud poems, fiction and non-fiction excerpts and film scenes.
Previous Agnes Scott Global Awareness destinations have included Benin, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, England, France, Gambia, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and Switzerland.
At The Larches pub
In County Galway, students learned sean nós (old style) dancing from a local girl
Gathered around St. Patrick’s Cross
At the Rock of Cashel, an imposing cluster of medieval ecclesiastical buildings set on a hill overlooking County Tipperary
Modelling sheep sweaters
In sheep country near Lough Na Fooey, County Galway
Visiting the Craft Village
Inside Derry/Londonderry city walls with local guide Ronan McNamara: the village was a development project designed to promote business within the walls after the Troubles, 1969-1998
Rathbaun Farm, County Galway
After petting sheep and watching a sheepdog “work,” students enjoyed a farmhouse dinner.
Touring Westport House in County Mayo
The current owner, the Marquess of Sligo, successfully petitioned the courts to change the inheritance laws so his five daughters could inherit the estate.
A full Irish breakfast
At the 16th century Man O’ War pub in County Dublin.
In the Delphi Valley, County Galway
The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
Life on the bus
Touring Ireland’s literary and historical sites for 18 days
The Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
En route to view The Blasket Islands, home of a community writers who wrote over 30 books in the Irish language
Boyne Valley, County Meath
Getting ready to enter Newgrange, a 5000 year old passage tomb
Blarney Castle, County Cork
Where kissing the Blarney Stone is said to confer the gift of eloquence
A 5000 year-old passage tomb that was discovered intact in the 18th century, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
An early Christian settlement in County Louth with three particularly fine high crosses
A monastery set in a valley with two lakes, established by St. Kevin in the sixth century
Atop the Mound of the Hostages
At the Hill of Tara, County Meath, where the high kings of Ireland came to be crowned
A poet from County Monaghan who lived and wrote in Dublin, asked that he be commemorated with “just a canal-bank seat for the passer-by.”
At the historic Abbey Theatre
Students attended a performance of The Risen People, a play by James Plunkett about the Dublin Lockout of 1913
Bogside in Derry, County Londonderry
Not far from where Bloody Sunday occurred in 1972.
Dunluce Castle, County Antrim
The castle kitchen fell into the sea during a dinner party in 1639.
Frescoes of Cormac’s Chapel
At the Rock of Cashel revealed during renovations
Cathedral of Our Lady in Galway
Political Mural in Belfast
Depicting peacemakers Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and John Hume.
Christmas decorations in Galway City
View from the Rock of Cashel
Ashford Castle in County Mayo
Where the cast of The Quiet Man stayed during filming in 1951
Dingle Peninsula beaches on a stormy day