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Group Project: Sense of place in Sneem

Check out this video package produced by the students while studying community, place and story in Sneem, Ireland.

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Day 14: Homeward bound

After another long and tiring journey, our group arrived at JFK International Airport, where we first began 14 days earlier. We wished our new RMU friends well as they continued their journey home to Pittsburgh, and we thanked them for sharing such a wonderful experience with us. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wotanis/Marywood U)

Day 13: Security detail

Students toured Kilmainham Gaol, a former Irish prison of historical significance; many Irish rebellion leaders were imprisoned and executed here. (Photo credit: Kilmainham Tour Guide!)

We learned that most people were held in Kilmainham for petty theft of basic necessities like bread. And, there was no segregation of men, women and children. Children as young as five years old had been imprisoned there. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wotanis/Marywood U)

While in Dublin, students also had the unique opportunity to visit the US Embassy and meet U.S. Ambassador Daniel Rooney and his wife Patricia. (Photo credit: Embassy security guard!)

Day 12: A religious education

On our first day in Dublin, students visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral, shown above. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Students also visited Trinity College and saw The Book of Kells, which is “is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was created by Celtic monks ca. 800 or slightly earlier” (Wikipedia). (Photo credit: Lindsey Wotanis/Marywood U)

Day 11: Galway guys and gals

Shortly after arriving in Galway, students toured the city with tour guide Batt Burns. The rest of the day was free for exploring, photography, and writing. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wotanis/Marywood U)

Day 10: Castles, cliffs, and culture

On our way to Galway, we visited a number of interesting sites. First stop was Bunratty Castle, “the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland.” It was built in 1425 and restored in 1954. Students toured the castled and had time to photograph around the grounds.  In this shot, Elysabethe Brown photographs Bunratty Castle. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wotanis/Marywood U)

Next, we visited the Cliffs of Moher, one of the most visited sites in Ireland. The Cliffs are located on the western seaboard County Clare. Here, students posed with a copy of The Wood Word, Marywood University’s campus newspaper. (Photo Credit: Andrea Frantz/RMU)

After the Cliffs, we visited an area of County Clare known as The Burren, which is a lunar-like landscape where rocks are more plentiful than vegetation. It is one of the largest karst landscapes in Europe.  Later in the evening, the group attended a play called “The Famine” at Town Hall Theater in Galway.  The play depicted the Great Famine, which lasted from 1845-1852 and resulted in the deaths of one million Irish and the immigration of one million more. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wotanis/Marywood U)

Day 9: On the road again … to Killarney.

After leaving our beloved Sneem, we hit the road again for Killarney. On the way, the bus stopped for a photo opp at Ladies’ View, a scenic spot along the Ring of Kerry. The look-out spot got it’s name when Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting stopped there during their 1861 visit. We also made a pit stop in Dingle for lunch before completing the journey to Killarney. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wotanis/Marywood U)

Once in Killarney, students took a jaunty ride through scenic Killarney National Park. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wotanis/Marywood U)