Would you like to see the places that inspired Yeats throughout his life? Join Jeanne Stephens, longtime Laurel English teacher and Irish Literary Renaissance expert, for a ten-day trip to Ireland, June 16-25, 2013.
Since this trip is a literary and historical pilgrimage, there is an educational component, with suggested reading! The group of travellers will meet several times during the school year to learn about Irish history and to discuss works by William Butler Yeats, J.M. Synge, Sean O’Casey and James Joyce. Perhaps long-distance alums can join by technological wizardry!
- Spend five days on the beautiful west coast of Ireland. From our base in Galway, visit the spectacular cliffs of Moher and the lunar landscape of Burren.
- Take an excursion to one of the Aran Islands, Irishmore, the site of an ancient Celtic ring fort.
- Drive through beautiful Connemara, stopping at Kylemore Abbey.
- In Sligo, where Yeats spent summers as a child, take a boat cruise of the Lake Isle of Innisfree and see many other venues the poet refers to in his beautiful early work.
- En route to Dublin, visit the Famine Museum and Newgrange, a prehistoric monument older than Stonehenge.
- During two busy days in Dublin, tour sites including Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Jail and St. Stephen’s Green.
- See a play at the famous Abbey Theater!
If you’re intrigued and would like more details, contact Jeanne at jStephens@LaurelSchool.org