Ireland Honors Trip

This summer students from the Ina E. Gordy Honors Program will travel to Ireland to study under Dr. Amber Handy and Dr. Nora Corrigan.  Students will fly in to Dublin, Ireland where they will spend a few days sightseeing and touring.  From Dublin, they will travel to Galway, Ireland where they will spend approximately three weeks.  Finally, they will travel back to Dublin for the final week of the trip.  During this trip, students will not only study but also visit archaeological sites, the National Museums and the Cliffs of Moher.  They will also experience an evening at one of the many theatres in Ireland. 

Dates of trip: May 23-June 24, 2017

Students will receive 2 credit hours for each of the Honors seminar courses offered on the trip.  

HO 303 - Ireland in the Dark Ages (Dr. Amber Handy)

Ancient and early medieval Ireland was a place of tumultuous change, full of a charismatic kings, warrior women, and aggressive saints. But does it deserve to be called the Dark Ages? We will endeavor to answer that question by examining Ireland from prehistoric times through the arrival of the Vikings and their colonization of Ireland in the eleventh century, focusing on daily life, marriage and family, religious beliefs and practices (both pagan and Christian), kingship and social life, monasteries and settlements, and other topics. Sources include epics, sagas, and myths such as the Táin Bó Cúailnge, various annals recording historical events, law codes, letters, saints’ lives, penitentials, and commentary from outside observers.


HO 303 - Finding Ireland (Dr. Nora Corrigan)


This course will explore Irish writers’ use of language, literature, and culture to fashion and debate national identity. We will be reading some works by contemporary authors such as Brian Friel and Eavan Boland, but most readings will date from the Irish Literary Revival movement of the late 19th and early 20th century. During this period, a renewed interest in Irish language and mythology and the creation of a national theatre went hand in hand with the struggle for political independence. Through readings from writers such as Augusta Gregory, J. M. Synge, W. B. Yeats, and James Joyce, we will examine how these authors define “Irishness”; why many of them considered literature and culture intimately connected to politics; and how religion, class, and geography complicate the attempt to create a national literature.

This course will include excursions to the Aran Islands, to the Hugh Lane Gallery and National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, and, if possible, to attend a theater performance.

For more information, contact Dr. Kim Whitehead (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); Dr. Nora Corrigan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); Dr. Amber Handy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Study Abroad Crisis Management Plan – Ireland 2017

Having a crisis management plan while abroad is essential to safeguarding all participants enrolled in study abroad programs.  In all likelihood you will have a crisis free experience but in case an emergency situation should arise, we would like for all participants to have a plan to address such issues. 

In order to help anyone who may have to provide assistance to you in the event of an emergency, please keep with you at all times the following items:

  • Copy of your passport
  • Copy of your insurance card
  • A list of any medications you are currently taking and allergies with a short description of your reaction
  • You will also need a list of contacts to whom you should report an emergency (You will have this information available on a small card to carry with you at all times):

Emergency Contacts:
In case of emergency while traveling in Ireland:

  1. Local Emergency Number:  999
  2. U.S. Consulate in Ireland:  351 1 668 8777
  3. Faculty Program Director Dr. Amber Handy:  +353 85 162 7216
  4. Faculty Program Director Dr. Nora Corrigan:  +353 85 162 7138
  5. Honors Program Director Dr. Kim Whitehead:  001 662 352 6122
  6. Study Abroad Coordinator Erinn Holloway:  001 662 418 7895 
  7. MUW Provost Dr. Tom Richardson:  001 662 574 9636
  8. MUW Police Department:  001 662 241 7777

When reporting an emergency, give brief facts and stay on the line, if requested.  After notifying local law enforcement and/or the U.S. Consulate, alert those in your immediate area, including your faculty program directors.  In the event you are unable to get in touch with anyone in your program in Ireland, contact MUW Honors Program Director, Provost and/or MUW Police.

Other Helpful Resources while abroad:

  • Department of State:
  • US Embassy in Dublin, Ireland:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
  • Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad:
  • Sirena Cantrell, MUW Title IX coordinator:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 001 662 241 6083



Office of Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Prof. Erinn Holloway

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