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.

Ashleigh Falls

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

Patrick Kavanagh

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

The Cliffs of Moher

Ashford Castle in County Mayo

Where the cast of The Quiet Man stayed during filming in 1951

Dingle Peninsula beaches on a stormy day