Batavia, New York— Genesee Community College will once again host a study abroad trip to rural Ireland this summer. Led by professors Charley and Connie Boyd, students as well as community members, are invited to join a tour of mid-land Ireland June 4-19, 2012. An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in T102 at the Batavia Campus.
Students enrolled in the courses will study human relations and earn six college credits. Courses include HUM154: Introduction to Irish Culture, History, and Arts as well as HUR101: Introduction to Human Relations.
Participants will stay at Rathgillan Farm (http://www.rathgillanfarm.ie/) in the rural town of Nobber in County Meath (about one hour from Dublin). Meath, the heritage capital of Ireland, is home to the historic Boyne Valley Region, an area rich in legend and folklore. Viking and Norman ruins, castles and crosses and numerous monastic sites enrich the Irish Midlands. Students will visit the historic cultural sites of Hill of Tara, Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth Neolithic burial chambers, Malahide Castle, Trim Castle, Loughcrew Cairns and the Hill of Ward (where Halloween began).
Other excursions include a day at the Irish-American Folk Park, two or three days in Dublin, Ireland’s largest city and its capital with a visit to see the Book of Kells, one of Ireland’s finest national treasures. Students will also visit the Wicklow Mountains and participate in Irish music and language workshops. Optional trips to the Aran Islands and Blarney Castle may be offered.
“Students discover much about Ireland and themselves, Charley Boyd, professor of English at GCC said. “It promises to be a life-changing experience.”
The approximate cost for this trip is $3500 (includes airfare, lodging, most meals, transportation and college tuition.) For a full account of last year’s trip to Ireland visit the student blog at www.GCCBlogs.wordpress.com/Ireland .
Interested participants should contact Connie Boyd, at 585-343-0055 x 6292 or Charley Boyd at 585-343-0055 x 6281 as soon as possible.
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