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

Don't wait to take advantage of this opportunity! Space is limited and the deadline to register is January 31, 2020. This trip is open to alumni and their guests. 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.

Payments may be made in full online or via a 50% deposit check postmarked by January 31, 2020. Please register online or send checks to:

Emmanuel College
Office of Development & Alumni Relations
400 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115


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