Beth Steele   |   From Galway to Killarney   |   sociology   |   January 2012

“We worked our way around Ireland, taking in scenery and history at every turn. ”

Galway's shops seem to be from another time.
Bunratty Folk Village - a recreation of 19th century Irish life - where Danielle, Lysandra, and Teagan talk with Keiran about peat as a heating source.
Audrey, Kerry, James, and Erin climbed to the tower of Bunratty Castle, the most complete and authentic Medeival fortress in Ireland.
Artistry and antiquities: this stained glass window is a feature of Bunratty Castle.
A tour of FAS, the Irish employment authority, was impressive in its economics. The country pays for training, pays the students, and covers child care.
We're on our way to the Dingle Peninsula and even the view out the coach window is impressive.
Group site visits are actually individual experiences of the many facets of Irish history. On one trip we learned about the now-abandoned Blasket Islands.
Breathtaking! Sybil Head on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry.
Gallarus Oratory, a corbelled structure built around 700 AD. With help from Sam and Anthony, Ashley joins the unusual custom of slipping through the back window.

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Galway was a hit! We stayed on Eyre Square, just around the corner from Quay Street with its shops and cafés. Students did quite a few site visits throughout the city, then we were on the road again to another great small city – Killarney.

What a drive! With so many breath-taking views, we stopped often to experience the countryside, the coast, and other natural features. Group site visits brought ancient, Medieval, and recent history into focus and built our understanding of the Irish culture and the island's place in Europe and the world.

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