The course explores eastern Ireland from Dublin to Cork, with various points in between or nearby. Arriving in Dublin, the class will primarily be housed in Waterford at Waterford Institute of Technology. From Waterford, students will take day trips to various points of interest where they will engage in documenting walking tours of that area based on their pre-travel research.
Activities & Points of Interest:
• Dublin — Museums, Galleries and Other Points of Interest
Using an on/off bus tour system, faculty and students will be able to travel in small and large groups to places of interest all over Dublin. With two days and nights, our Dublin excursion will be pack with such exciting places as visiting the Book of Kells at Trinity College, The National Gallery, Shopping on Grafton Street and much more.
• Waterford City — Reginald’s Tower, Waterford Crystal and Medieval Museum
Our home base for much of our time in Ireland, students will share suites close to the city center and the waterway that makes Waterford the oldest city in the Republic of Ireland. Steeped in history, the city has a nightlife filled with pubs, music, and good food.
• Hook’s Head, Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross
This day trip centers on the spectacular views of the peninsula. The high point of the excursion for many is the Hook’s Head Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in the world. The day concludes in New Ross, home of the Dunbrody famine ship, where the sobering story of the great Irish migration during the 19th century.
• Wexford Town and Irish National Heritage Park
The first half of this day trip begins with a visit to the Irish National Heritage Park in County Wexford where we will walk through 9000 years of recreated history surrounded by natural forestry and wetlands. After our journey through time, we will spend time wandering the streets of Wexford Town, home to the National Opera House and the Wexford Design Center, among other attractions.
• Cahir Castle and Rock of Cashel
Our day begins with a journey into Tipperary County. First stop is a visit to Cahir Castle, on of the largest castles in Ireland. Located on an island in the middle of the river Suir in the Cahir town center. Continuing our castle theme, our second stop will have us climbing to the top of the Rock of Cashel and its spectacular views. Also known as St. Patrick’s rock, this site is of significant value with regards to the conversion of the Irish to Catholicism.
• Kilkenny City — Kilkenny Castle
Filled with places to visit, all in walking distance, our day trip to Kilkenny City begins with a guided tour through Kilkenny Castle, located on the River Nore. Free to wander the city center, it is easy to find good food while visiting such places as Rothe House, St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower, and the Kilkenny Design Center. In past visits, students helped to choose the group places we would visit, while also having time to wander on their own.
• Cork – City Center, Blarney Castle and the Blarney Woolen Mill
Our trip down south includes a visit to Blarney Castle, complete with an opportunity to “kiss” the Blarney Stone. While visiting the castle and its gardens, we will also stop for lunch at the Blarney Woolen Mill. After lunch, we will head into the Cork City center to wander the museums, galleries, English Market, and stores.
• Independent Excursions
While much of our time is scripted, there is plenty of opportunity to explore on your own, or in small groups. The course is designed to help you explore in advance the places we will visit, while also inviting you to look at the entire region to design trips taken on our open days or days off. During our last journey, students took time to visit the seaside in the town of Tramore, Salty Island, a Circus, and Monster Truck Rally – among plenty of shopping and music events at local pubs. All of these trips are easily managed using the local bus system or traveling together by taxi.
Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in suites on campus with kitchens for cooking.
The cost information (with details of included and additional costs) can be found in the "budget sheet" section at the top of this brochure.
Participants must be matriculated Oswego students. Interested students will be given instructions on how to register for "CMA 396 / 596 Global Experience-Ireland: East Coast from Dublin to Cork" during course registration. A course syllabus can be found here
Submit completed applications with a $250 deposit (cash or money order) made out to 'Auxiliary Services,' by December 1st to the Office of International Education and Programs. Earlier applications strongly encouraged. Refer to http://www.oswego.edu/international
for application and registration instructions.