Day 3: Singing (and Dancing), Sun, and Scenery

On Friday, students participated in a Irish song and dance workshop with Maura Burns, Batt Burns’ wife. They learned a traditional Irish tune and got a chance to practice their dance moves. They’ll perform both later in the week at Pub Night, a night when locals will come together to share story, music and dance. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Wotanis/Marywood U)

After a long day, students got to put their feet in the sand at Derrynane Beach on the Atlantic coast. The water was cold, but refreshing on this unusually warm and sunny day in Ireland. (From left: Joseph Petro, Elysabethe Brown, Molly Boylan, Lindsey Wotanis, Allison Ranieri, Sarah Cruz, Laurie McMillan, Kelsey Healey) (Photo credit: Gabriel LeDonne)

Students toured Staigue Fort, one of the oldest ring forts in Ireland. Historians have estimated that the fort was constructed between 300 and 400 AD and was built for protection of a local king or lord. Its construction is a marvel, even in partial ruins, as the builders used no mortar at all. (Photo Credit: Christine Holtz/RMU)

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