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This program takes an in-depth look at Ireland and the literature, culture and history upon which the country is built. Students will see Ireland through the eyes of famous Irish authors. The combination of classroom learning and hands-on excursions allow students to have a fresh and more comprehensive learning experience. The course will consist of author discussions and involve short day trips to places of note in relation to authors, including: James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Frank O’Connor and Michael Hartnett. Students will look deeply into James Joyce and visit historical Martello Tower, the setting for the first chapter of Ulysses and travel to Yeats’ grave and the city of Sligo. Students will also experience a play at the historic Abbey Theater. While Galway and Dublin will serve as the primary homes for this program, travel to other parts of Ireland are a vital component to the program’s curriculum.

Tentative Itinerary
  • July 8-10 - Fly into lreland (Meet at NUI Galway on July 10).
  • W July 11 -Classroom 9 to noon and 2-4 pm. Start reading An Only Child by Frank O'Connor (page 1-65). Time for students to travel to Cliffs of Moher, Limerick etc. 
  • Th July 12 - Classroom 9 to noon and 2-4 pm. Start reading Dubliners.
  • F July 13 - Classroom 9 to noon and 2-4 pm. An Only Child pages 66-105. Short paper 1 due. Galway Medieval Tour.
  • Sat July 14 - Sun July 15 - Free days. Recommended travel to Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and/or the Aran Islands.
  • M July 16 - Classroom 9 to noon and 2-4 pm. Yeats poems discussion day. Read more of Dubliners. W.B. Yeats Grave trip to Sligo and Drumcliffe/surrounding areas. 
  • Tu July 17 - Classroom 9 to noon. Yeats poems and trip to Nora Barnacle museum. Short paper 2 due.
  • W July 18 - Classroom 9 to noon. Discussion of Joyce and start reading Hartnett poems.
  • Th July 19 - Classroom 9 to noon. Start reading Waiting for Godot. Walking tour. 
  • F July 20 - Classroom 9 to noon. Waiting for Godot.
  • Sat July 21 - Free Day
  • Sun July 22 - Galway Free Day
  • M July 23 - Classroom 9 to noon and 2-4 pm. Student group discussion day.
  • Tu July 24 - Classroom 9 to noon, walking tour of Galway. Start reading Portrait. Travel within Galway and surrounding area.
  • W July 25 - Trip from Galway to Dublin by train around 11 am. Meet in the evening for discussion and plans for the Dublin portion of the trip. 
  • Th July 26 - Classroom 9 to noon and 2-4 pm. Discussion of Joyce. Read more of An Only Child p 106-165. Brief tour of UCD campus. 
  • F July 27 - Classroom 9 to noon and 2-4 pm. Joyce and O'Connor. Short paper 3 due. 
  • Sat July 28 - Classroom 9 to noon. Joyce. Read Dubliners 
  • Sun July 29 - Free day. Start reading Hartnett poems.
  • M July 30 - Classroom 9 - noon. Read Portrait section 3. Meet in Classroom 9-Noon - Discussion of Joyce and trip to Dublin Joyce Tower - Sandycove. Short tram ride to museum. We will eat lunch in town and do a few activities.
  • Tu July 31 - Classroom 9 to noon. Read James Liddy. Dublin Writers Museum, National Gallery, more walking tours.
  • W Aug. 1 - Dublin classroom, 9 to noon and 2-4 p.m. Finish An Only Child - 166 to the end. Start discussion of Godot. Abbey Theater Tour and Play - Jimmy's Hall
  • Th Aug. 2 - Dublin classroom, 9 to noon and 2-4 p.m. Student Group Discussion Day. Classroom 9a.m. - noon. Also, Joyce Centre, Walking Tours, National Library Student Group Discussion Day. Finish Dubliners. Stories: "A Mother" "Grace" and "The Dead".
  • F Aug. 3 - Meet 9 a.m. at classroom for Trip to Sandycove - Martello Tower via tram. We will determine what time we will leave after checking travel times. It will be a morning trip and return in the afternoon. Read section of Ulysses posted on D2L. Short Paper #5 Due.
  • Sat Aug. 4 - Free Day Recommendations: Kilmainham Jail, Dublin Writer's Museum
  • Sun. Aug. 5 - Free Day
  • M Aug. 6 - Classroom 9 - Noon. Discussion of Works and talk of final paper. Literary Tour of Dublin.
  • Tu Aug. 7 - classroom, 9 to noon and 2-4 p.m. Student Group Discussion Day.
  • W Aug. 8 - classroom 9 to noon and 2-4 p.m. Finish Portrait. Sections 4 and 5.
  • Th Aug. 9 - Classroom 9 to noon James Liddy Poems - wmp up.
  • F Aug. l0 - Check out of UCD - Make arrangements to accommodations or airport, etc. Aug. I0-I2. Leave lreland. Fly back to the US.
  • August 15th, 2018 - Submit final paper to D2L and also email a copy to Dr. Farrell.


Students will participate in a comprehensive orientation at Marquette prior to departure, date TBD.

Courses offered
Students will have the option to register for ENGL 2951 (equivalent to ENG 2000: Literature, History and Culture, which fulfills a core course requirement and is recommended for non-English majors); or ENGL 4951 (equivalent to ENG 4513: Irish Literature, which is designed for English majors). Both classes will involve similar readings; however, as an upper division course, students in ENG 4513 will be asked to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the authors and works and deliver more in-depth versions of papers, presentation and assignments. The program will be led by Dr. Tyler Farrell, visiting assistant professor of English.

This lecture and discussion based course will focus on Irish literature, history and culture and examine common themes that can be seen through some of Ireland’s best and most prominent writers. Students will read Irish writers of the 20th century, reflecting on how they portray the Irish in fiction, short stories and poetry. Students will examine how the authors use their native land and its inhabitants to inform their writing and how they use of place to create a certain mood and overarching moral for their work. Readings will be assigned with ample class time to discuss themes, motifs, symbolism, ideas, etc.


Students will stay in on-campus apartments at the National University of Ireland-Galway and University College Dublin.


Short-term Program Tuition (Marquette rates) *   $2,130.00
GeoBlue International Health Insurance *   $38.00
Program Fee-billable *   $1,500.00
Meals   $800.00
Airfare   $1,400.00
Passport/Visa   $135.00
Transportation: $77.50
Total: $6,081.00


Dublin-Visiting Dublin is like taking a great big breath of fresh air. Always invigorating, this Viking city is at once modern and historic, exciting and relaxing.Dublin is now a truly cosmopolitan capital, with an influx of people, energy and ideas infusing the ever-beguiling, multi-layered city with fresh flavors and kaleidoscopic colors.
Galway-Steeped in history, for sure, but the city buzzes with a contemporary and cultured vibe as students make up a quarter of the population. Remnants of the medieval town walls lie between shops selling Aran sweaters, handcrafted Claddagh rings and stacks of second-hand and new books. Bridges arch over the salmon-stuffed River Corrib, and a long promenade leads to the seaside suburb of Salthill, on Galway Bay, the source of the area's famous oysters.Galway is often referred to as the 'most Irish' of Ireland's cities, it's the only one where you're likely to hear Irish spoken in the streets, shops and pubs.

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