This two-week summer intensive course, offered at the Innisfree International College and Convention Centre in Sligo, Ireland, immerses students in Irish history and culture. Classroom lectures and activities focusing on Irish history, art, literature, mythology, sports, music and politics are supplemented with visits to nearby literary, historical and archaeological sites led by instructors.
Course requirements include a daily directed journal and a formal paper or creative project completed after returning from Ireland. This is a three credit program with the option to take an additional three credits at Carlow University under the direction of Dr. Sylvia Rhor. Sightseeing includes tours of local historical sites, Irish Ceili dance lessons, a Gaelic football match, visits to local beaches, and tours of Dublin, Galway, and Derry City.
Sligo, Ireland is the second largest urban area in Connacht (after Galway). It has a population of 18,000 (as of 2006). Sligo is situated in the north west of Ireland set within magnificent scenery of mountain rivers, fronting the Atlantic Ocean. The town is the capital of the North West and is located at the mouth of Sligo Harbour on the Garavogue River. The nearest city of similar size is Derry, located over 80 miles (120kms) away. The town is the administrative, commercial and industrial capital of the County and region.
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