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Literature in Ireland Capstone
Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Program Cost: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Major: Liberal and General Studies
Language of Instruction:
Work/Internship: No Credit Level: Undergraduate
Income Opportunities: No Instructor-led: Yes
Capstone: Yes
Program Description:
It may be very significant that the Irish language had no equivalent for the English word “emigrant,” with its voluntary and emotionally neutral connotations.  Rather, the Irish word primarily used to describe one who left Ireland has been deoraí, the literal meaning of which is “exile.”  In Old Irish the form deoraid was a legal term referring to a person without property, and, . . . the word also implied a person without kinfolk or social “place”—an outsider, a stranger, even an outlaw. (Miller 105)
This program is centered around the Capstone course,The Myth of Ireland: Literature, Culture, and History, and it involves travel to four locations in Ireland: Dublin, Lisdoonvarna, the western Island Inishbofin, and Galway. Throughout the time abroad, students will visit Irish cultural landmarks while studying key works of Irish literature and often traveling to the places that inspired them. The course examines the development of modern Ireland through literature, focusing on issues including Irish-American immigration, “the Troubles,” and the relationship between urban and rural areas in Ireland.
Program Location
Inishbofin dock

The program visits the metropolis Dublin, the country spa town Lisdoonvarna, the western Island Inishbofin, and the western cultural capital Galway.

Course Leader
James O’Loughlin, Associate Professor

Department: Languages and Literatures
Phone: 319-273-2002
Campus Address: BAR 2046
Dr. O'Loughlin with 2014 group
Academic Program
CAP 3159: The Myth of Ireland: Literature, Culture, & History (3 credit hours)

This class focuses on Irish and Irish American literature, taking advantage whenever possible of Irish locations that relate to the material.  The course examines the development of modern Ireland through literature, focusing on issues including Irish-American immigration, “the Troubles,” and the relationship between urban and rural areas in Ireland. 

This course is cross-listed as an English literature course. If you wish to receive this credit, notify the Study Abroad Center. 


In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program's course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study. 

Capstone courses cannot be repeated. Students who have previously taken the program's capstone course should contact the Study Abroad Center to discuss options before applying to the program. 
Sample itinerary is subject to change.On road to Lisdoonvarna
Day 1: Arrive in Dublin

Day 2-5: Class and Dublin sight-seeing: walking tour, Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour, Chester Beatty Library, Kilmainham Gaol, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Guinness Store House, National Museum of Archeology, Abbey Theatre Performance. 

Day 6: Travel to Listoonvarna

Day 7: Class; visit Cliffs of Moher and the Burren National Park

Day 8: Travel to Island of Inishbofin; walking tour

Day 9: Class; walking tour of island
Day 10: Tour and explore island

Day 11: Archeological tour

Cliffs of Moher
Day 12: Travel to Galway; walking tour
Day 13: Free day in Galway; evening Galway Cathedral concert
Day 14: Claddagh walking tour

Day 15: Visit by poet Joan McBreen
Day 16: Travel to Dublin; GAA Gaelic Football game

Day 17: Celtic Tiger walking tour

Day 18: Depart from Dublin; Return to U. S.
Accommodations and Meals

Students will stay in hostels/hotels arranged by the Study Abroad Office and paid for before departure.  The students will pay for most meals while abroad. Only a few meals are built into the cost of the program.  Students are encouraged to try local foods while abroad.
Tales From Abroad

The program was great and allowed you to truly immerse yourself in the Irish culture because it was the only country we visited. The professor was extremely knowledgeable about Ireland and it's history. His excitement made the trip a great experience.
- Jessica, 2014 

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience: 1 2 3 4
Program Value: 1 2 3
Cultural Experiences: 1 2 3 4
Housing: 1 2 3
Overall Learning: 1 2 3 4
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission 07/23/2015 08/09/2015
NOTE: Program Start & End dates are tentative. Contact course leader or Study Abroad Center for exact dates.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.