At the Study Abroad Program:
Ireland,Summer'99

The Study Abroad Program to Ireland for Glendale College was a great success. We brought 30 students to live on the campus of University College, Dublin. There were classes in Irish History and Literature, Irish Field Studies and Political Science four days a week. On the long weekends and the evenings, everyone took off for the four corners of Ireland. 'Twas a beautiful experience and a fine time was had by all.


Students lived on campus.


Professors Queen and Doyle .


We were in Dublin on the legendary "Bloomsday" (June 16) of James Joyce' Ulysses fame.


The General Post Office in Dublin where the rising of 1916 started. Traffic was crazy in Ireland, esp. in Dublin. Best to park the car and take the bus or DART into town.


The program went to the ancient Hill of Tara on a cold Irish day.


Classes were 8-1PM Monday through Thursday. We had guest speakers: (left) Eamonn O'Donaill, a expert on the Irish language. Also we had experts on the current negotiations in the North of Ireland speak to the group, Dr. Bill Sweeney and Dr. Geraldine Smythe, O.P..


We had a side trip to the Sligo area to see the sights associated with William Butler Yeats. (left) the Lake Isle of Innisfree (right) the grave of W.B.Yeats.


Some of us caught the Glendale College choir lead by Glenn De Lange which was also touring in Ireland. (right) a group picture.


Newgrange Prehistoric site about 5000 B.C.


Trim Castle, County Meath


(left) Glendalough Valley, (right) Inis Mor of the Arran Islans


Storyteller Batt Byrnes, standing stone from Glencolmcille, Celtic cross at Monasterboice, County Meath


Scene from Connemara, The Gallarus Orartory on the Dingle Pennisula in County Kerry


Mellifont Abbey in County Meath, Mr. Doyle kissing the "Blarney Stone" (as if that was needed!)


Music Session in the student housing. Photo by Deborah Parker I caught a few sessions in pubs in Dublin and Sligo. I also saw the new music museum "Ceol" next to the Jameson Distillery in Dublin. I went to the Comhaltas show also while in the city.


Mary and Gary Hassen on the O'Connell Street Bridge, Farewells in the Dublin airport

More recent engagements.....

Dennis Doyle ddoyle@glendale.cc.ca.us