Scotties in Ireland

From December 27, 2015 to January 11, 2016, twenty-three Agnes Scott students traveled all over the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland visiting places associated with the literature, film, and history they had studied during fall semester. Highlights included reading poetry and other literary excerpts on the site where it was written or where the author lived, spent time, or was buried; visiting sites important to history such as monasteries (Glendalough, The Rock of Cashel), megalithic tombs (the Hill of Tara, Newgrange, Creevykill), restored manor houses (Russborough House, Muckross House, Lissadell House, Westport House); exploring the beautiful coastline at places like the Dingle Peninsula, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Giant’s Causeway; petting sheep at Rathbaun Farm; and sampling Irish cuisine (fish and chips, scones, “full Irish” breakfast). 

Previous Agnes Scott Global Awareness destinations have included Benin, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, England, France, Gambia, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and Switzerland.

Muiredach’s Cross

Muiredach’s Cross at Monasterboice outside Dublin is perhaps the finest examples of a Celtic high cross.

Dingle Peninsula

The dramatic landscape of the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry is stunning in any weather.

Irish Breakfast

Agnes Scott students began their journey with a full Irish breakfast at the Man O’ War, a 16th century inn near Dublin.

Irish Farmhouse

At Rathbaun Farm, visitors can meet the sheep, watch a sheepdog work, and enjoy a hearty farmhouse dinner by the turf fire.

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle, perched on a cliff along Northern Ireland’s beautiful coastline, played a crucial role in the history of the great Gaelic clans.

Larches Pub

At The Larches Pub on Lough Na Fooey in Connemara, ASC students danced and sang to traditional music. 

In Connemara

Looking over Lough Na Fooey in Connemara.

Turf Fire

Today, it’s rare to find real turf fires like this one in Galway, but their warmth and fragrant aromas are unmistakable. 

Mound of the Hostages

Atop the Mound of the Hostages at the Hill of Tara, Co. Meath, students remembered the ancient legends set in this auspicious place.

Arbour Hill Cemetery

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916, students read poetry by W. B. Yeats and others at Arbour Hill Cemetery, where the executed leaders of the rebellion are buried. 

Russborough House

On the steps of beautiful 18th century Palladian mansion, Russborough House, in Co. Wicklow.

Rock of Dooney

Reading W. B. Yeats’s “The Fiddler of Dooney” at the Rock of Dooney in County Sligo.

Scottie Dog!

A Scottie dog at Connemara Marble in Moycullen, Co. Galway.

Abbey Theatre

The group attended a play by Irishman George Bernard Shaw at the famous Abbey Theatre, founded by W.  B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory.

W. B. Yeats’s Grave

Reading the poem “Under Ben Bulben” at W. B. Yeats’s grave literally under Ben Bulben, the mountain in the distance, Drumcliff Churchyard, Co. Sligo

The Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare.

Newgrange

This five thousand-year-old passage tomb, Newgrange, outside Dublin is the finest example of its kind in the world, a marvel of engineering and collaboration. 

Shannon Estuary

Crossing the Shannon Estuary on our way from Co. Kerry to Co. Clare and points north. 

Muckross House

Muckross House, Killarney, Co9. Kerry, where Queen Victoria visited in 1861. 

Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula with the Blasket Islands, home of many famous writers, in the background. 

Glasnevin Cemetery

Learning about “the uncrowned king of Ireland,” Charles Stewart Parnell, at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

Lough Na Fooey

Pausing for the scenery at Lough Na Fooey, Co. Galway.

Fish and Chips - YUM!

Taking a break for late night fish and chips at the famous Leo Burdock’s near Christ Church in Dublin. 

In Co. Sligo

The sun shone on us as we read “the Lake Isle of Innisfree” by W. B. Yeats with the eponymous isle in the background, Lough Gill, Co. Sligo.

Tea Time

There’s always time for tea and scones on an Irish journey. 

Book Stop

Buying books at An Café Liteartha in Dingle, Co. Kerry. 

Northern Ireland

Ireland’s northern coast, looking towards Scotland. 

Giant’s Causeway

Venturing out on the rocks at the Giant’s Causeway, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Ladies’ View

Ladies’ View (so named because Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting came here) near Killarney, Co. Kerry.