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TRA 149 Ireland: Myth, History, Culture

Course Description

Celtic culture has been popularized worldwide, in large part by the Irish Diaspora, and approximately one-third of Canadians identify some Irish ethnicity. Our group will see and experience cities, towns, coasts, and countryside through an itinerary that includes Glasnevin Cemetery, where almost everyone who is anyone is buried, from Michael Collins to Constance Markievicz to Brendan Behan; Kilmainham Gaol, where the leaders of the Easter Rising were executed; the sectarian murals of the Falls Road and Shankill Road areas in Belfast; the Ulster Museum in Belfast and the National Museum in Dublin; day trips to the Cliffs of Moher and Inis Mór; walking tours in Dublin, Derry, Galway, and Cork.

We'll visit World Heritage Sites, such as the basalt Giant's Causeway and the Neolithic passage tomb at Newgrange; lesser known treasures, such as Loughcrew and Fore; and, we'll even have a morning visit to Blarney.

Every day will begin with a "full Irish breakfast" guaranteed to humble most appetites, and most days will include shared time together at carefully chosen restaurants. Our travel will be such a rich experience that everyone will begin planning to return before this trip is over.

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