Ring of KerryThis itinerary and schedule of learning activities and cultural excursions is provisional — we may make changes, as we go, to allow for flexibility and interesting opportunities that may arise as a result of our study together and serendipitous “in context” discoveries.

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Sunday, May 18
Arrive in Dublin

Orientation and walking tour
Course overview

Monday, May 19
Dublin — first day of Maymester

The Irish Fulbright Commission
Bewley’s Café – Group Lunch

Tuesday, May 20
Intro to Irish music and culture, history, and politics
Exploring dualities — traditional/modern, catholic/secular, rural/urban
Irish slang and saying, race and multiculturalism, binge drinking and overeating
Traffic accidents, Irish suicides, Irish consumerism, farming, and pub cultures
Home ownership, the rise of the Tribunals, the Catholic church and sex abuse tribunals
The banking collapse, the globalization of Irish identity, three waves of the Celtic Tiger

Trinity College Campus — The Old Library and The Book of Kells, Longroom in the Old Library
Dublin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Grafton Street, Dublin’s Cultural Quarter — Temple Bar
Irish Traditional music evening

Wednesday, May 21
Irish history — key people and event

The Dublin Castle
The Silk Road Café – Group Lunch
The Chester Beatty Library

Reception at US Ambassador’s Residence in Phoenix Park

Thursday, May 22
Irish politics — key people and events
Political parties and the Irish General Elections
States of Ireland, Political process

Guest Lecture — Colleen Duby, Executive Director of Irish Fulbright Commission

European Commission and Parliament, Dublin Offices Tour
The EU Commission Offices

An Ideal Husband by Oscar by Wilde – Gate Theatre

Friday, May 23
Leinster House, the Irish Parliament Building (Daíl Éireann)

National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks
The Easter Rising: Understanding 1916

Easter 1916 Rising, Patrick Pearse and the Fenians, the Proclamation of the Republic
Revolution and Civil War, Éamon de Valera
Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail
Michael Collins and the Irish Volunteers

Saturday, May 24
Kilmainham Gaol (Príosún Chill Mhaighneann)
Old Jameson’s Distillery Tour

Group Dinner with Jan Rutherford’s Irish Entrepreneurship Class

Sunday, May 25
Depart for Belfast, Northern Ireland

Discrimination and Racism in Ireland
Irish Traveller History and Culture
Lifestyle Politics
Immigration and Irish Identity
The Magdalene Sisters and the Industrial Schools


Monday, May 26
The Troubles
Conflict and Politics in Northern Ireland
Orientation and walking tour

Queen’s University Tour

Tuesday, May 27
Political Murals and Community Expressions of Culture
The Peace Wall and memorials

Europa Hotel – Afternoon Tea

Wednesday, May 28
Depart for Derry, Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Peace Process and The Good Friday Agreement
Cultural and religious divides
Provos and paramilitary units
The political murals in Northern Ireland
Apartheid Society in a global context
The Belfast murals

Back Taxi Cab Tour of Belfast sectarian neighborhoods and political murals
The Giant’s Causeway and the No. Antrim coast
Dunluce Castle


Thursday, May 29
The political murals in Northern Ireland
Apartheid Society in a global context
Bloody Sunday
The Derry (Bogside) murals
The Bogside Artists

City Walls Tour / Guided Tour
Bogside History Tour with John Kelly
The Museum of Free Derry

Friday, May 30
The Irish Peace Process
Background to the conflict, key issues and events

Saturday, May 31
Depart for Galway, Ireland
Walking tour of Galway city centre


Sunday, June 1
Introduction to Irish mythology and storytelling
Introduction to Irish literature

Cliffs of Moher

Monday, June 2
Depart for Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Orientation and walking tour

Dingle and Dunquin

Tuesday, June 3
Introduction to the Dingle Peninsula

Films and discussion with Ventry filmmaker Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin
Bibeanna and The Men of Ventry
Tea and discussion with featured film participants at Brenda Ní Shúilleabhái’s home

Guest Lecture — Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin, Irish Filmmaker and TV Producer

Thursday, June 4
Blasket Island culture and heritage
The Blasket writers
Meeting Martin Kearney

Tentative – Slea Head Drive and Gallarus Oratory
Blasket Centre Tour
Maria Simonds-Gooding Art Studio Tour

Group Lunch at Blasket Center Café
Guest Lecture — Mícheál de Mórdha and Dáithí de Mórdha, Blasket Centre

Friday, June 5
The Blasket Islands and Irish politics
The Epilepsy Genome Project and Blasket Island Descendants
Immigration to Springfield, MA
Martin Kearney and family

Group Lunch at Blasket Center Café

Great Blasket Island Tour

Friday, June 6
Last day of Maymester

Two Dunquin artists — Maria Simonds-Gooding and Carol Cronin
Studio visits

Final wrap-up and final presentations
Thoughts and reflections about intercultural learning and experiences

Group dinner — Lord Baker’s Restaurant
Concert and pub music night in Dingle


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