Travel: Ireland

In June 2020, join the Emmanuel Alumni Travel Program on a journey celebrating the unique culture and discovering the academic richness of Ireland.



Join us in June 2020 for a cultural and academic exploration of the Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland. Led by Professor of Art Cynthia Fowler, this trip combines a cultural exploration of Ireland (June 6–14, 2020) with an optional trip to the East Coast (extension through June 18, 2020). Based on a successful travel course that Professor Fowler has led with students over the years, alumni now have the opportunity to go on a similar cultural journey.

  • Saturday, June 6: Arrival at Shannon Airport; travel to Killarney (County Kerry); group dinner; overnight in Killarney.
  • Sunday, June 7: Visit Dingle: Diseart Visitor Centre with windows by Harry Clarke, visit galleries and shops in Dingle, Ecological Boat Tour; Killarney pub night; overnight in Killarney.
  • Monday, June 8: Muckross house and gardens tour; Ring of Kerry tour: The Ring of Kerry is a scenic circuit of 110 miles with breathtaking varied sceney, including beaches, ancient monuments, a view of the Skellig Islands, Torc Waterfall and a stop for lunch at a traditional pub/restaurant for authentic Irish comfort food; overnight in Killarney.
  • Tuesday, June 9: The Burren School of Art (Workshop): The Burren is one of the most ecologically-diverse regions of Ireland, with limestone slabs—said to resemble the surface of the moon—teeming with plants and animals, many of which are unique to the region; Cliffs of Moher; evening of traditional music and group dinner; overnight in Doolin Village.
  • Wednesday, June 10: Ferry to Inishmore, Aran Islands; Leisurely day exploring Inishmore with optional horsedrawn carriage tour or taxi tours for those who prefer not to cycle or hike the island; overnight in Inishmore.
  • Thursday, June 11: Ferry to Galway; leisurely wakling tour of Galway; Galway Farm & Craft Market; Performance at the Towne Hall Theatre; overnight in Galway.
  • Friday, June 12: Leave Galway for Connemara; Kylemore Abbey; Killary Fjord Boat Tour; Cong Village (Quiet Man filming location); lunch in Cong; overnight in Westport.
  • Saturday, June 13: Free time to explore Westport; leave for Limerick in afternoon with lunch stop en route; group dinner in Limerick; overnight in Limerick.
  • Sunday, June 14: Depart for home from Shannon Airport or continue for optional three-day extension to the East Coast starting with overnight in Kilkenny.
  • Monday, June 15 (optional extension): National Craft Gallery; Kilkenny Castle or St. Canice's Cathedral; walk the Medieval Mile; travel to Dublin; dinner at The Brazen Head (oldest pub in Dublin); overnight in Dublin.
  • Tuesday, June 16 (optional extension): Tour of Dublin Castle; Book of Kells & Long Room Library at Trinity College; National Gallery of Ireland; Celebration of Bloomsday; play at Abbey Theatre; overnight in Dublin.
  • Wednesday, June 17 (optional extension): Free time to explore Dublin; trip to Newgrange; group dinner; overnight near Newgrange.
  • Thursday, June 18 (optional extension): Departure for US.

 Activities are subject to change. A final version of this itinerary with allotted times for each activity will be available in early 2020.

Details & Fees

Cost includes all ground transportation, overnight accommodations, daily breakfast and other meals as listed.

Wild Atlantic Way (without optional extension)*
Single room: $3750  |  Shared room: $3400

Wild Atlantic Way with additional East Coast/Dublin Extension*
Single room: $5000  |  Shared room: $4450

* Please note that flights are not included and must be purchased separately. A tax deductible $500 gift is included in the registration fee to support the study abroad scholarship.

Registration for this trip closed at January 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.


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