Hofstra in Ireland 2018
July 2 – July 25
We begin in Dublin, with Trinity College and the Book of Kells. In the first week, Ireland is our classroom. All classes will have common readings before we go, giving your experience richness and context. We’ll take a tour of James Joyce’s Dublin, take in a performance at the Abbey Theater, and perhaps check out the Dublin buskers on Grafton St., where Ed Sheeran and Glen Hansard began their careers. Next, we take a day trip to Newgrange, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the oldest astronomical observatory in the world. This 5000-year-old Neolithic ritual center is among the world’s earliest great pieces of architecture.
And then there’s Galway: we have over two weeks on its breathtaking Atlantic coast, at the National University of Ireland, Galway. We’ll attend plays, poetry slams, concerts, comedy, dance, street performers, the local music scene, and art shows and films from around the world during the Galway International Film Festival (Fleadth) and Fringe Festival. A day trip to Inis Oirr, the prettiest Aran Island, can make one feel as if they stepped into the 12th Century, and of course we will see the Cliffs of Moher. Galway is a world-class college town with teeming streets and a vibrant night life, and just a short taxi ride from the beaches and promenade of Salt Hill. The Saturday Open Market is open every day during festival season, where you can pick up fresh food (international food made from local ingredients) and the work of local craftspeople. International internships are available for the Fringe, Arts, and Film Festivals.
Our program is grounded by a rich history of local contacts and family everywhere we stay. Typically, our friends in each place are sad when Hofstra students leave and they tell us so. Cead Mille Failte, One Hundred Thousand Welcomes, is never as true in Ireland as it is for Hofstra. There are three free weekends (July 6-7, 13-15 and 20-22) when you may travel independently within Ireland as you wish, or take advantage of inexpensive flights to the European continent.