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BEAUTIFUL LOCATION Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

PROGRAM FORMAT Seven days, including five days of classes, where the morning session will be based in the classroom followed by a related field trip in the afternoon. All field trips are local, so there are no lengthy bus rides. Group dinners will be held every evening. Other activities such as Irish “set dancing” lessons and a wonderful Irish singing night will add to the adventure.

HIGHLIGHTS         

Limited group size (25 people) Based in scenic Dingle for duration of program Three accommodation options (see chart below) Benefit from the knowledge of local experts and University associates Opportunities for other activities such as golf, horseback riding, hiking, and kayaking Lovely cafes and shops in the center of Dingle Scenic walks Great Irish cuisine Blasket Island Trip

PACKAGE PRICE ACCOMMODATION*

PRICE*

Hotel Condominium* Bed and Breakfast

$ 1,850 $ 1,550 $ 1,700

* Package price based on shared accommodation. Single supplement add $200. * Prices exclude flights. * Condominium includes living room, kitchen, full bath, 2-3 bedrooms

Applications Due February 21, 2014

Described by National Geographic as the most beautiful place on earth, the Dingle Peninsula boasts wonderful landscapes, a kaleidoscope of colours, beautiful beaches and towering hills. Dingle town, the location of the SHU Program, is the main town in the Peninsula, and is one of the top tourist destinations in Ireland, providing the visitor with the unique experience found nowhere else. A combination of history, archaeological sites, landscape, music, culture and its most important element, its people will engulf the program participant in a sense of awe and the opportunity to learn about Ireland in such an environment is a once in a life time experience. Dingle Peninsula is one of Ireland’s Irish (Gaelic) speaking areas, called ‘Gaeltachts’. Gaelic is spoken as an everyday language and participants will be able to listen to locals speaking Gaelic.

PROGRAM PROVIDERS The Center for Irish Cultural Studies at Sacred Heart University (SHU) was established in 1996. Its aim is to give students the opportunity to study abroad in Dingle, Ireland. SHU students have the option to study in Dingle for a short term program or for the full semester. The success of these programs has led to the establishment of the Minor degree in Irish Studies in 2011. The Center for Irish Cultural Studies operates its program in Ireland through a partnership with the Díseart Centre of Irish Spirituality and Culture. Located in Dingle, Díseart strives to promote research, courses and cultural activities in all areas of Irish Spirituality and Celtic Culture including theology, language, literature, art, laws, folklore, values, spirituality, history, music, archaeology and customs. Classes will be held in a beautiful neo-Gothic convent building which houses the famous Harry Clarke Stained Glass windows. A new addition to the building includes a mural on the life of Nano Nagle foundress of the Presentation Order and the only fresco in Ireland which depicts the Last Supper. Truly a wonderful venue for the Irish Adult Program

FOR ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT Dr. John Roney, Professor and Chair, Department of History Email: roneyj@sacredheart.edu Tel: 203-396-8463


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: Friday evening departure / leave from USA to Shannon Airport. DAY 2: Saturday morning arrive at Shannon airport. SHU shuttle bus to Dingle. Book into accommodation, then take a short history tour around Dingle. Evening welcome dinner followed by after dinner-speakers who will both inform and entertain you with information and stories. DAY 3: Optional Sunday Morning Mass / Free afternoon, or participate in one of the optional activities such as hiking, etc.

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, with the Díseart Centre of Irish Spirituality and Culture, Dingle, Ireland, presents a unique Adult Education Program to Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland in 2014. SHU has run successful undergraduate programs at its Dingle campus since 2002. Since then SHU also has a partnership with the Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium/ Mara Beo Teo, where a new Marine Biology program is underway. This has created a demand for more programs.

IRISH CULTURE, HISTORYAND LANGUAGE PROGRAM Hosted by Dr. John Roney, Chair and Professor of History, Sacred Heart University, and by Séan Pól O’Conchúir, Director for the SHU Dingle campus and a prime contributor to the “Rosetta Stone” Learning Irish program. A seven-day program encompassing various elements of Irish culture, its people and its history. A mixture of history, anthropology, music, spirituality, archeology and Irish language. Learn about this beautiful country and culture from local experts, and experience one of the most beautiful places in the world. “Set dancing” lessons and a traditional Irish singing night, not to mention pub music sessions, will add to your enjoyment of the experience.

THE TOUR AT A GLANCE       

7 nights accommodation (3 types available: Hotel, Bed & Breakfast or Condominium) All transport within Ireland, including airport transfers from selected group flight 7 group dinners (3 in restaurants and 4 in traditional Irish pubs) 5 days of classes and field trips Irish Set dancing lessons Traditional Irish Singing Night Trip to Blasket Islands, weather permitting

DAY 4: Irish History and Language Day / The Irish language is the official language in Ireland, but it is not commonly spoken in most of the country. In Dingle, however, it’s still used in everyday life. Irish is a beautiful, colorful language with a great turn of phrase. Participants will learn about the history of the Irish language and its importance to the Irish people, and will learn cúpla focal (or “a couple of words”) and will also get an opportunity to practice their newfound vocabulary in a fun and relaxed environment. Participants will also learn the most important dates in Irish history and the local history of Dingle displayed in monuments, buildings, churches, and topography. DAY 5: Irish Archeology Day / Participants will be given a well-illustrated introduction to the main periods of Irish Archeology, with particular emphasis on sites to be found in Corca Dhuibhne, the Irish name for the Dingle Peninsula. The group will visit some of the best examples of monuments in the whole of Ireland, particularly those of the Early Medieval Period (i.e. immediately after the introduction of Christianity and the time of the early monasteries), and the artifacts associated with them. DAY 6: Irish Anthropology Day / Dingle has a rich anthropological history. Topics will include stories and myths surrounding the most famous Irish saints, seasonal traditions, and the Irish calendar. Dingle’s experience during the Famine will also be covered. Free afternoon, time to shop and relax. DAY 7: Irish Spirituality Day / Participants will get a glimpse of the faith and vision of the first people in Ireland after the last Ice Age some 6000 years ago. They saw little or no distinction between the material and the spiritual world. Topics include a Celtic Spirituality lecture with the importance of Holy wells, the spirituality of local places, festivals of the Celtic year, the phenomenon of pilgrimages, the oral tradition of prayer, poetry, myth and story, hospitality to the stranger, love of each other and nature. DAY 8: Irish Music Day / Music is synonymous with Ireland, and Dingle is a hotspot of Irish traditional music, where the sound of music can be heard from every pub. The group will get an insight into Irish traditional music and song from Aoife Ghrainbhéil, a local musician. The group will learn about key Irish musicians, and the instruments they play. Group members will be free to play and sing along. DAY 9: Departure / Airport transfer available to Shannon for early morning flight.


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