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Join RIT alumni and friends on a small group adventure to Ireland! Inspired by the undergraduate study abroad partnership between Waterford Institute of Technology and RIT, we’ve planned a special week in the Emerald Isle to visit our friends in Waterford and explore this beautiful country. To deepen our experience, the itinerary is influenced by the academic lens of Professor Babak Elahi, Professor of Communication.
The small group, led by Professor Elahi and local experts, will explore social justice and crime in Ireland, tracing its roots to social dynamics, and following its outcomes not only within Ireland, but as part of the emigrant experience, and the immigrant culture of Irish-America.
What some may call an outlaw, others would call a rebel–we will explore many of the stories surrounding some of the outlaws/rebels in Ireland. We will learn about the Easter Uprising of 1916 and visit the historic Kilmainham Gaol where many of the rebels were executed. We will visit one of the oldest pubs in Waterford (dating from 1705) and hear traditional Irish music that focuses on the Irish Outlaw. We will meet with the owner, Ann Cusack, of the historic Granville Hotel – once the home of Thomas Francis Meagher, an outlaw who went on to become the acting Governor of Montana. Many more fascinating stories and experiences await!
This 8-night adventure will travel from Dublin to Waterford to enchanting Southwest Ireland. In Dublin and Waterford we will visit sites that provide knowledge and insight into the Irish experience, the Famine, the history and culture of Ireland. And we’ll dive in to contemporary Irish literature, so we can see Ireland as it sees itself today. We’ll end our journey in the Southwest for jaw dropping scenery. Excellent accommodations, an entertaining Irish driver-guide, local whiskey and Guiness, picturesque villages, and a fun group of traveling companions round out this one-of-a-kind adventure!