Ireland: Literature

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Students travel from west to east across Ireland, studying the ways in which the Irish identity is both shaped and sustained through their rich literary heritage.  Guest speakers from Ireland’s literary sphere of authors and experts further enhances the experience. 

Fiddle music carries through charming cobblestone streets. The stone Record Tower of Dublin Castle recalls the need for defense against the Normans in the 13th century. A staff member at Trinity College turns the pages of a 1,200-year-old manuscript to prevent light damage from ruining a single page. Dublin is an ancient city that today is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing European capitals. With a young and vibrant population of over one million, it has enjoyed considerable economic growth in the last decade. While Dublin may be a city on the move, the charm, culture, and heritage of old Dublin is still apparent everywhere. It is perhaps the most literary city in the world with associations that include Joyce, Shaw, Swift, Wilde, and Beckett. Outside the city, unbelievably green landscapes end in sandy beaches. Dublin is a multicultural and multiethnic city. Since the late 1990s, Dublin has experienced a significant level of net immigration, with the greatest numbers coming from the

European Union, especially the United Kingdom, Poland, and Lithuania. There is also a considerable number from outside Europe, particularly China and Nigeria. Dublin is home to a greater proportion of new arrivals than any other parts of the country. Sixty percent of Ireland's Asian population lives in Dublin even though less than 40 percent of the overall population live in the Greater Dublin area. By 2006, the percentage of foreign-born population had increased to 14.5 percent for the state and 17.3% in Dublin. Dublin is considered by many to be an emerging high-tech hub for Europe.

Program Highlights

This is an example program. All CIEE Faculty-Led & Custom Programs can be customized to meet your academic goals and financial requirements.

2 weeks

Week 1

  • Orientation and historical walking tour of Dublin
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art 
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Glendalough Day Trip
  • Guest Lecture: Irish Children's Literature
  • Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo
  • Trinity College and Book of Kells
  • Chester Beatty Library
  • Little Museum Dublin
  • Dalkey Day Trip and Castle Visit
  • Strokestown House
  • Tom Hennigan's Heritage Farm

Week 2

  • Achill Island
  • Croagh Patrick
  • Westport and Traditional Irish Music
  • Glen Keen Farm
  • Doolough Valley
  • Galway City Tour
  • Dublin Writers Museum
  • Guest Lecture: Literature in Ireland Malahide Half-Day Trip

Our Staff

Martin Humphreys is a graduate of University College Dublin and holds a Master’s degree in psychology. He has extensive teaching experience and has taught in a variety of environments with traditional and non-traditional students. He also has experience in student support and academic mentoring. This experience extends into the international educational field working with U.S. study abroad students. He has also taught English in South Korea. Martin is originally from Kildare and has an interest in Irish history and culture both in terms of personal and academic research.


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