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The Best of Ireland: The Coast, the Countryside and Dublin

Program Number: 18731RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/11/2015 - 9/25/2015; 3/31/2016 - 4/14/2016; 4/14/2016 - 4/28/2016; 5/5/2016 - 5/19/2016; 5/12/2016 - 5/26/2016; 5/26/2016 - 6/9/2016; 6/2/2016 - 6/16/2016; 6/16/2016 - 6/30/2016; 6/23/2016 - 7/7/2016; 7/7/2016 - 7/21/2016; 8/11/2016 - 8/25/2016; 8/25/2016 - 9/8/2016; 9/1/2016 - 9/15/2016; 9/2/2016 - 9/16/2016; 9/8/2016 - 9/22/2016; 9/9/2016 - 9/23/2016; 9/15/2016 - 9/29/2016; 9/16/2016 - 9/30/2016; 9/22/2016 - 10/6/2016; 9/23/2016 - 10/7/2016; 9/29/2016 - 10/13/2016; 10/6/2016 - 10/20/2016; 10/7/2016 - 10/21/2016; 10/13/2016 - 10/27/2016; 10/14/2016 - 10/28/2016; 10/20/2016 - 11/3/2016;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Ireland
Price starting at: $3,199.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 26; 13 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Discover the magic, myths and modern realities of the Emerald Isle on this comprehensive journey from the dramatic coast and the spectacular Ring of Kerry to the pilgrimage sites of Glencolmcille and the cultural hotbed of Dublin. Scholars and schoolchildren, politicians and musicians offer you “cead mile failte” (a hundred thousand welcomes) and share the best of their country with you.


• Delve into the rich archaeology of the Dingle Peninsula, finding prehistoric and medieval remains in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
• Experience the sights, sounds, streets and monuments of James Joyce’s Dublin on foot with a Joycean expert.
• Spend a full day on Inis Mor, the largest of the Islands of Aran, where Christian ruins stand side by side with remarkable Pagan relics.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven, rocky, and hilly terrain and cobblestones.

Date Specific Information

9-11-2015, 3-31-2016, 4-14-2016, 5-5-2016, 5-12-2016, 5-26-2016, 6-2-2016, 6-16-2016, 6-23-2016, 7-7-2016, 8-11-2016, 8-25-2016, 9-1-2016, 9-2-2016, 9-8-2016, 9-9-2016, 9-15-2016, 9-16-2016, 9-22-2016, 9-23-2016, 9-29-2016, 10-6-2016, 10-7-2016, 10-13-2016, 10-14-2016, 10-20-2016

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Shannon, coach to Killarney, 4 nights; coach to Galway, 3 nights; coach to Killybegs, 2 nights; coach to Dublin, 4 nights; departure.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Shannon
Coach to Killarney
4 nights

Enjoy a walk on the beach of Rossbeigh, a natural heritage area, before journeying around the breathtaking Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsula. Take a gentle hike through Killarney National Park with a local expert then explore Killarney town on your own. Share a traditional home-cooked meal with an Irish family. A field trip reveals the heritage of the Dingle Peninsula, once called the “most beautiful place on earth” by National Geographic Traveler.

Coach to Galway
3 nights

Experience the stunning Cliffs of Moher and walk the otherworldly landscape of the Burren with a local expert. Explore Galway with a historian, making stops at Galway Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and the tiny fishing enclave of the Claddagh. Delight in a private dinner at Glenlo Abbey, part of the ancestral home of two of the fourteen “Tribes of Galway.” A boat excursion to Inis Mor immerses you in authentic Gaelic civilization and offers an opportunity to explore the village of Kilronan.

Coach to Killybegs
2 nights

Make your way through the town of Sligo before stopping at Drumcliffe, the final resting place of the famed poet W. B. Yeats. Learn about life in Killybegs from a member of the local fishing community. Discover the megalithic tombs, cross pillars and breathtaking scenery of Glencolmcille on an expert-led walk and learn a few steps of Irish dancing with a local musician.

Coach to Dublin
4 nights

Visit a local elementary school for a glimpse into education in Ireland. Learn about Irish immigration to America during an afternoon at Ulster American Folk Park. Set out on foot to experience the Dublin of James Joyce with a Joycean scholar. Walk through Trinity College, visit The National Museum of Ireland and enjoy ample time to explore on your own.


In 1801, the Act of Union merged the Kingdom of Ireland with the Kingdom of Great Britain. In the mid-19th century, the Irish experienced terrible famine and crowding that led to a spirited nationalist movement. With the Government of Ireland Act in 1920, five-sixths of the island began independent governance. Northern Ireland voted to remain a part of the United Kingdom, creating an island that today fosters two shared, yet opposite identities.

Killarney: Elegant hotel in the heart of town. Galway: Hotel near the waterfront. Killybegs: Hotel overlooking the harbor. Dublin: Centrally located hotel.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Shane Connolly

A native of the Burren, Shane Connolly has a diploma in archaeology from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a diploma in local and regional studies from University College Cork. He is also qualified with a certificate in agribusiness , a degree in business studies and currently runs a cattle and sheep farm in Corkscrew Hill, Ballyvaughan. An experienced educational excursion leader in the Burren, Shane enjoys good conversation and a laugh. His interests include place names, stone wall construction and folklore.
Peadar O'Dowd

Peadar O’Dowd is a historian dedicated to sharing his love for the heritage of Galway, Ireland, with students and visitors of all ages. A native of Galway, he has lectured on the region’s treasures both in Ireland and in the U.S., and is a columnist for the Connacht Sentinel newspaper and Galway Now magazine. He is the author of several books on Galway and the west of Ireland, including “Old and New Galway,” “Down by the Claddagh,” and “Tracing Your Galway Ancestors.” Now retired from his work as a lecturer at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Peadar is a member of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, and is an alumnus of University College, Galway.
Deirdre Ni Chinneide

Deirdre Ni Chinneide is a singer and song-writer who specializes in Celtic singing. She has performed worldwide and sung extensively in Irish and English as a vocalist with bands such as Mo run Searc, Acabella, Ragus and more. Deirdre has also toured the Celtic festival route in Europe and the United States.
Tony O'Callaghan

Tony O’Callaghan is a native of Killybegs , Ireland’s largest fishing port. He witnessed the town’s hard times in the 1950s — when fishing was hit by a fall in demand — as well as a resurgence in the 1960s based on herring fishing. By 1969, Tony served as the fisheries correspondent with a national newspaper, and in 1989, founded the Marine Times newspaper. Since 1992, Tony has been working as a marketing and public relations consultant for many of the region’s fishing companies.
Denis Kissane

For 40 years, Denis Kissane ran a dairy farm on a small hill farm near his home town of Killarney. He retired in 2005 and has since spent his time welcoming visitors to Ireland, serving as a heritage specialist and working with elementary schoolchildren as a participant in the Heritage in Schools program. Denis truly loves his work and is never happier than when he is able to show the beauty of his native Killarney to the visitors of Ireland.
Meals and Lodgings
   Arbutus Hotel
  Killarney, Ireland 4 nights
   Harbour Hotel
  Galway, Ireland 3 nights
   Tara Hotel
  Killybegs, Ireland 2 nights
   The Camden Court
  Dublin, Ireland 4 nights
 Arbutus Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Arbutus Hotel Killarney is one of the most historic hotels in the heart of Killarney town centre, Co. Kerry. This 4 star Killarney hotel has been run by the Buckley family since 1926. Visiting Killarney’s fairs as a youth, Tim Buckley dreamt of owning the hotel that overlooked the bustling traders in the town centre. But it was more than a dream – he set off for America to make the necessary money. He returned in 1926, married Julia, bought the hotel & renamed it The Arbutus. He then set out to redefine Killarney hospitality. The Buckley family have faithfully maintained the high standards of warmth, friendliness & professionalism that Tim put in train all those years ago. There has been a hotel on the site for over 200 years but the most significant architectural aspects of Arbutus are the numerous examples of celtic deco furniture & design commissioned by Tim in the 1920s.
  Contact info: College Street
Co. Kerry,   Ireland
phone: +353 64 6631037
  Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, satleitte TV. Tea and coffee making facilities. Hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and the Drawing Room, lounge. Buckley’s is at the heart of Killarney’s traditional music scene. Some of the country’s finest musicians will often drop in for an ‘unplanned, unprogrammed and unamplified’ session – much to the delight of visitors. We can't guarantee but can hope. WiFi available in public areas.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBC. For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar UK -
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Harbour Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: 4 star waterfront hotel a short stroll from the lively bustle of Quay Street and Eyre Square
  Contact info: New Docks Road
Galway,   Ireland
phone: +35391569466
  Room amenities: Tea & coffee making facilities, wireless internet connection, hairdryer, cable TV, direct dial telephone, iron and ironing board, 24 hr room service
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, conference centre, on site fitness centre with gym, jacuzzi steamroom and spa with beauty treatments available
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Tara Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Centrally located modern 3 star hotel, overlooking the fishing port and magnificent Killybegs harbour
  Contact info: Killybegs
Co Donegal,   Ireland
phone: +353749741700
  Room amenities: Tea & Coffee making Facilities, Hairdryer, direct dial telephone, safe (capable of holding a laptop) Broadband (supplement applies) Iron, Ironing Board and trouser press
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Conference facilities, Leisure Centre comprising gymnasium, sauna & steamroom and relaxation area.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 The Camden Court
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Camden Court Hotel, modern 3 star hotel located in Dublin city centre. Located close to Dublin’s main attractions.
  Contact info: Camden Street
Dublin 2,   Ireland
phone: +353 1 4759666
  Room amenities: Multi Channel TV, Internet Wi-FI, Full use of Leisure facilities, Trouser press, Hair Dryer, Complimentary Tea/Coffee Tray.
  Facility amenities: Enjoy modern cuisine in the comfortable and friendly setting of the Iveagh Restaurant. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves quality food and wine at excellent value. For a more casual setting, C Central bar offers excellent food, serving your favorite beer, burgers and ribs. With wireless broadband internet access available you can enjoy a quiet drink whilst surfing on the net.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after:  For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The main group transfer will depart from Shannon Airport in the morning. Welcome meeting at 5.00pm. You will be staying at Arbutus Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on departure day. You will be staying at The Camden Court the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Buses available. See
To Start of Program
  Location:  Killarney
  Transportation to site: Group transfer by private motorcoach. For Independent Travellers wishing to join the arrival day transfer: the main group flights normally arrive approximately 7-7.35am and the Group Leader will be in Shannon Airport Arrivals Hall to meet participants. If you are returning to Shannon Airport on arrival day to meet the group transfer, please aim to be in the Arrivals Hall at 7.30am and make yourself known to the Group Leader, who will be holding a Road Scholar sign. Please wear your Road Scholar name badge to aid identification.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Dublin
  Transportation from site: Group transfer by private motorcoach. For Participants travelling outside of the group departure date: Aircoach offers a service from Dublin city to Dublin Airport. Aircoach and public bus to Dublin airport from the Camden Court hotel - the nearest aircoach stop is Leeson street, about a 10 minute walk from the Camden Court. There is a Bus Eireann regular Dublin bus no. 16 which has a stop right beside the hotel and this goes to the airport.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: In Transit to Program
(Friday, September 11)
 In Transit: Overnight flight from North America to Shannon.

Day 2: Arrive, Transfer to Killarney, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
(Saturday, September 12)
 Arrive To: Arrival at Shannon Airport and transfer to Killarney by private coach. Southwest county Kerry is home to 14 of Ireland’s highest mountains and some of the last primeval oak and yew forests in Europe. The charming town of Killarney sits nestled beneath these majestic peaks and among its internationally famous lakes.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in: Available from 2 p.m. Program Registration: After getting your room assignment. Orientation: Enjoy a welcome drink and introductions to staff and your fellow participants. You will receive your Arrival Packet, which will have the latest updated schedule. We will review the schedule and discuss schedule changes, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, contact numbers for key staff and answer any of your questions or concerns. We will also offer some practical advice regarding banking, Internet, postage, etc.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to explore Killarney or rest up from your travels and prepare for your upcoming adventure.
Accommodations: Arbutus Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Excursion Around Iveragh Peninsula: The Ring of Kerry
(Sunday, September 13)
 Breakfast: A full Irish breakfast in the hotel dining room. Choices vary but include a variety of eggs, bacon, sausages, tomato, potatoes, cereals, fruit, toast, pastries, jams and marmalade, yoghurts, juices, water, teas and coffees.
 Morning: The Ring of Kerry is made up of spectacular coastal and mountain scenery, enveloping the charming towns of Glenbeigh, Cahersiven, Waterville and Sneem. Stop in Rossbeigh and enjoy a walk on the sandy beach that extends into the estuary like a finger, forming a natural barrier to the powers of the Atlantic Ocean and provides a safe haven for all kinds of marine life and seabirds. It is a designated natural heritage area and a Special Area of Conservation.
 Lunch: In the charming village of Caherdaniel on the southwest side of the peninsula.
 Afternoon: Excursion continues around the “Ring of Kerry,” through the picturesque village of Sneem. Sneem village comprises two squares, North and South, and a bridge acts as a knot between them.
 Dinner: On your own to explore local fare.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to explore Killarney.
Accommodations: Arbutus Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Dingle Peninsula, Dinner With Local Irish Families
(Monday, September 14)
 Breakfast: A full Irish breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Coach to the Dingle Peninsula, exploring this area’s rich archaeological heritage and unique culture. Once cited as “the most beautiful place on earth” by National Geographic magazine, much of the peninsula is a Gaeltacht, an area where the Irish language is widely spoken in home, workplace and school.
 Lunch: On your own in the colorful fishing port of Dingle town, the area’s main hub, well-known for its eateries and traditional pubs.
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of the Dingle Peninsula, whose Slea Head on the western end is the most western part of Ireland.
 Dinner: As guests of local families in a nearby town. Learn about the rhythm of daily Irish life while chatting with your hosts and savoring home-cooked cuisine.
 Evening: Enjoy free time to experience local entertainment and culture.
Accommodations: Arbutus Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Killarney National Park
(Tuesday, September 15)
 Breakfast: A full Irish breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Walk to Killarney National Park home to magnificent native oak woods and one of the oldest yew woods in Europe. Enjoy an expert-led gentle hike in the park. Look out for a glimpse of the native Irish red deer along the way.
 Lunch: On your own to enjoy local fare.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore Killarney on your own. Speak with your Group Leader for suggestions on activities or sights that may interest you in this charming and bustling town.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy free time to experience local entertainment and culture, or simply go for a stroll through town streets.
Accommodations: Arbutus Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: World-Famous Cliffs of Moher
(Wednesday, September 16)
 Breakfast: A full Irish breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Depart by private motor coach for a leisurely journey to Galway.
 Lunch: In the coastal town of Lahinch, Co. Clare, where you will be free to explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Visit the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. There will be time to linger by the cliffs, which rise like a cathedral into the sky some 700 feet over the wild Atlantic Ocean. The views stretch as far as Galway Bay and the Aran Islands, and the location is also home to one of the major colonies of cliff-nesting seabirds in Ireland. Continue on to the Burren and meet local expert Shane Connolly who will lead us through one of the largest karst limestone landscapes in Europe, stopping for a short hike on the moon-like terrain.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to take in local culture.
Accommodations: Harbour Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Visit Schoolchildren, Galway, The Claddagh, Glenlo Abbey
(Thursday, September 17)
 Breakfast: A full Irish breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Visit a local primary (elementary) school. Sit in the classroom amongst the local school children, answer their questions while learning about school life in Ireland. The children will then put on a short display of traditional Irish music or present a project they are currently working on, for their new friends! For programs during school vacation dates, an alternative community-based field trip will replace the school visit. Your Group Leader will provide you with full details at the welcome orientation. Then enjoy an expert-led walk of Galway with a local historian and writer. Learn why Galway is nicknamed the “City of the Tribes.” Explore Galway Cathedral, the Spanish Arch, and part of the original city wall. Walk through Eyre Square and down the cobble stones of Quay Street to the tiny fishing enclave of The Claddagh, immortalised in the song "Galway Bay," and internationalized through its traditional jewelry, the Claddagh Ring, a symbol of love, friendship, commitment and loyalty.
 Lunch: On your own to sample local fare in one of Galway’s many restaurants, cafes and traditional Irish pubs.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Galway city independently. Your Group Leader will give you suggestions for sites, explorations or activities that may interest you.
 Dinner: Be welcomed by your host, a Galway academic and expert in the field of Anglo-Irish literature, before being led in to dine exclusively in the private Glenlo Abbey. The Abbey dates back to 1740, and was part of the ancestral home of two of the 14 “Tribes of Galway,”, the famed merchant families who dominated the economic and social life of the city at that time. A sumptuous candle-lit dinner will be served while you enjoy conversation on the topics “The Irish Big House” and “Galway’s Literary Tradition.”
 Evening: Enjoy free time to explore on your own.
Accommodations: Harbour Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Boat Trip to Inis Mor
(Friday, September 18)
 Breakfast: A full Irish breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Spend a full day on Inis Mor, the largest of the Islands of Aran, to explore this last remnant of authentic Gaelic civilization, where Christian ruins stand side by side with remarkable Pagan relics. Meet and hear local singer Deirdre Ni Chinneide. Walk the short distance to the picturesque village of Kilronan. From here, explore the island independently on foot, by bicycle, mini van or traditional horse-drawn jaunty car.
 Lunch: On your own to explore local fare on the island.
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of the island independently; by foot, by bicycle, or by traditional horse drawn jaunty cars.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to select cultural and entertainment options of your choosing.
Accommodations: Harbour Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Killybegs via Sligo, Drumcliffe,Resting Place of W. B. Yeats
(Saturday, September 19)
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart by private motor coach for Killybegs, County Donegal. Undoubtedly one of Ireland's most untouched and ruggedly beautiful counties, County Donegal's striking landscape has remained relatively unaffected by the passage of time. The Donegal people, too, are renowned for their warmth and hospitality.
 Lunch: Enjoy free time in Sligo town to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: En route from Sligo to Killybegs, make a stop at Drumcliffe, the final resting place of the famed Irish poet W. B. Yeats, under the majestic mountain of Ben Bulben. The epitaph on his gravestone is well-known: "Cast a cold eye / On life / On death / Horseman, pass by!" Yeats is remembered as an important cultural leader, as a major playwright, and as one of the very greatest poets of the century, in any language. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1923 and died in 1939 at the age of 73.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to explore local culture, sights and entertainment.
Accommodations: Tara Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Killybegs, Glencolmcille, Seafood Dinner, Irish Dance
(Sunday, September 20)
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Spend the morning with a local journalist and community worker. On foot, explore this pretty town, home to the largest fishing fleet in Ireland. Take a walk on the pier to admire the fleet.
 Lunch: Free to explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Experience Glencolmcille, a unique and beautiful place that was chosen as a base by St. Columba, one of Ireland's three patron saints, along with Patrick and Brigid. The name Glencolmcille, or "Gleann Cholm Cille," means in the Irish language "The Glen of St. Columba's Church." It is not surprising that Glencolmcille is rarely on a standard itinerary of the Irish countryside. You need to be determined to get there! Though, due to the stark beauty of the landscape, historically it has been drawing visitors for over 1,500 years. Take an expert-led walk of the “Turas,” a traditional pilgrimage site featuring breathtaking scenery.
 Dinner: In a local seafood restaurant, emphasizing the local bounty of the sea.
 Evening: Return to the hotel where you will have the opportunity to meet a local musician and dancers. Learn about traditional Irish dance and learn an Irish tune on the tin whistle (penny whistle). Take home your tin whistle as a souvenir of your time in County Donegal!
Accommodations: Tara Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Ulster American Folk Park / Dublin
(Monday, September 21)
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart Killybegs by private coach for Dublin, via County Tyrone and the Ulster American Folk Park.
 Lunch: En route to the Ulster American Folk Park.
 Afternoon: The Ulster American Folk Park is an open-air visitor experience in Castletown that tells the poignant story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Among the 30 buildings are thatched cottages of Ulster, a full-scale sailing ship and log cabins of the frontier. Volunteers in period costumes demonstrate day-to-day tasks such as bread making, agricultural exhibits showcase animals, and foods such as smoked salmon are offered to visitors. Continue on to Dublin, whose history dates back to the 8th Century. Now the Republic of Ireland’s vibrant capital, Dublin is abundant with great universities, cathedrals, theatres and a unique literary legacy. It has been the nucleus of Gaelic Irish and Anglo-Irish cultural tradition since medieval times.
 Dinner: At the hotel in Dublin.
 Evening: Enjoy free time to explore the vibrant cultural and entertainment scene in Dublin.
Accommodations: The Camden Court
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Dublin Walking Exploration With Literary Scholar
(Tuesday, September 22)
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Together with a literature scholar, we will set out on foot to experience the sights, sounds, streets and monuments that form the Dublin that appears in the writings of Joyce. Punctuated by readings, stories and bits of history, we will walk in the footsteps of Irish literary giants.
 Lunch: At Dublin’s famous Bewley’s café on Grafton Street, with a lunchtime theatre performance. Bewley’s café is something of a national institution and has been called "the heart and hearth of Dublin" by poet Brendan Kennelly.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore Dublin independently. Your Group Leader will welcome your requests of cultural highlights that may be of interest.
 Dinner: On your own to explore local fare from Dublin's array of restaurants.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to range out on an exploration of fascinating Dublin.
Accommodations: The Camden Court
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Number 29, Georgian House Museum / National Museum of Ireland
(Wednesday, September 23)
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Experience the fascinating “Number 29” Georgian House Museum, where Mrs. Olivia Beatty, the widow of a prominent Dublin wine merchant, set up home at 29 Lower Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin in 1794. Pay a visit to “Number 29” to experience what life was like for the fortunate who lived in such elegant townhouses, and the less fortunate who worked in them.
 Lunch: On your own to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: Continuing our walk, we will pass the Irish Parliament and visit the National Museum of Ireland, where we will enjoy a privately guided exploration of the renowned collection of Bronze Age gold work.
 Dinner: On your own to sample the local fare at one of Dublin's many restaurants.
 Evening: Enjoy free time to explore the vibrant cultural and entertainment options in Dublin.
Accommodations: The Camden Court
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14: At Your Leisure in Dublin
(Thursday, September 24)
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Experience all of the variety that Dublin has to offer during a day of free time in Ireland’s capital and most populous city. You could take a field trip to the Hill of Tara and the megalithic tomb of Newgrange, or visit Glendalough in beautiful County Wicklow. Alternatively you could relax, and sample some of Dublin's cafe culture and vibrant cultural life. Or you could just gossip with the locals.
 Lunch: On your own to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: Enjoy more free time to continue your exploration of Dublin. Browse the many bookstores, explore the museums, or even try some genealogy research at the National Library of Ireland.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local eatery in Dublin city centre. Spend your last evening in Dublin enjoying traditional Irish food and relaxed banter as you bid farewell to Ireland.
 Evening: Your evening will be free, after dinner.
Accommodations: The Camden Court
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15: Program Concludes
(Friday, September 25)
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast at the hotel. Program concludes.
 Morning: Depart for Dublin Airport for return flight to the U.S. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Ireland in the 20th Century

Author: Tim Pat Coogan

Description: Ireland entered the twentieth century savaged by poverty and memories of the famine but inspired by the Celtic Dawn, a remarkable cultural renaissance led by Yeats, Synge and Lady Gregory. She left it in the era of the Celtic Tiger, with unparalleled prosperity and a new, confident, outward-looking view of herself and the world - although this prosperity and self-confidence is now giving way to uncertainty. In the intervening hundred years, Ireland has experienced more 'history' than almost any other country: beginning under the British crown, she was racked by revolution, the Anglo-Irish war, partition and civil conflict. Led by towering figures such as Michael Collins and De Valera, she has suffered terrible hardships and disputes but has nevertheless provided brilliant cultural and literary examples and is now a country of importance in the wider international community, providing leadership in a variety of moral and development issues. In this readable and authoritative study, Ireland's bestselling popular historian tells the extraordinary story of how contemporary Ireland came into existence. Covering both South and North and dealing with social and cultural history as well as political, this will surely become a definitive single-volume account of the making of modern Ireland.

Ireland, a Bicycle and a Tin Whistle

Author: D.Wilson

Modern Ireland 1660-1970

Author: Roy Foster

Description: A history of Ireland from 1600 to 1972; an account not only of the events themselves but also the way in which those events acted upon the peoples living in Ireland to produce an 'Irish Nation'; a description of that nation's tragedy and resilience.

See Dublin on foot, an architectural walking guide

Author: Julie Craig

The Concise History of Ireland

Author: Sean Duffy

Description: This attractive one-volume survey tells the story of Ireland from earliest times to the present. The text is complemented by 200 illustrations, including maps, photographs and diagrams. Sean Duffy, the general editor of the bestselling Atlas of Irish History , has written a text of exceptional clarity. Duffy stresses the enduring themes of his story: the long cultural continuity; the central importance of Ireland's relationships with Britain and mainland Europe; and the intractability of the ethnic and national divisions in modern Ulster.

The Irish World: The History and Cultural Achievements of the Irish People

Author: Brian de Breffny

The Peoples of Ireland: From Prehistory to Modern Times

Author: Liam de Paor and Kevin B Nolan

The Ulysses Guide, Tours through Joyce’s Dublin

Author: Robert Nicholson

To School Through the Fields: An Irish Country Childhood

Author: Alice Taylor

Description: Lyrical reminiscences of growing up Irish, recounted with both wistfulness and wit by a postmistress from Innishannon. Raised on a farm by a quick-tempered father and a cheerfully indulgent mother, Taylor and her six siblings enjoyed a childhood of boundless freedom as the family worked together sowing their fields, nourished themselves with their own crops and livestock, walked miles across verdant hills to and from their two-room schoolhouse, and rode their wagon to Mass in town on Sundays. As befits one whose early years were spent in such close proximity to nature, Taylor's eye is refreshingly unsentimental as she recounts local legends featuring neighbors she knew from birth, including a crone-like skinflint who hoarded her tea cake from hungry callers while allowing the beloved birds in her cottage's thatched roof practically to bring the house down; a bachelor farmer who dressed only in long johns and a long white beard; the dutiful priests who performed Mass in each house in turn, no matter how mean or eccentric its inhabitants; and the schoolteachers who punctuated monotonous sessions of rote memorization with sharp slaps on their pupils' knuckles. Informed with an earthy, childlike sensuality, these stories evoke a time when family life consisted of a procession of joyful celebrations, when neighbors tended to one another's needs as a matter of course, and when nature was a benevolent presence, intimately connected with every soul. A best-seller in Ireland, this slim collection should find a modest niche among country-loving American readers as well. (Kirkus Reviews)

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