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Ireland Learning Adventures

About this Global Citizenship Event

State Contact: Denis Scott

WHO: 4-H members and volunteers: Ages 18 years old by August 1, 2018.  Learning objectives designed for young adult volunteers and members.  Applicant selection based on interview committee recommendations and proper paperwork completion and approval.

WHEN: Tuesday August 7, 2018 – Wednesday August 15, 2018 (Approximate dates based on airfare)

WHERE: Dublin (Capital City), Galway and Connemara Region of the Republic of Ireland

PURPOSE: Teach young adult volunteers and 4-H members…

  • General overview of Irish language, history, geography, agriculture, and arts
  • Ability to compare and contrast different cultures and communities
  • Understanding and appreciation of the connection between Appalachian and Irish heritages
  • Skills to better understand oneself as a current or future volunteer leader
  • Greater empathy for others to increase outreach and recruitment of new 4-H audiences

Participants will have the opportunity to visit and learn about sites in Ireland's capital city of Dublin such as:

  • Trinity College: Learn about the legends of the oldest University in Ireland, founded in 1592.
  • The Book of Kells: Visit the Long Room library (featured in movies like Harry Potter and Star Wars), beautiful barrel ceiling, and hidden treasures of this historic gem.
  • Saint Patrick's Cathedral: The heart of Dublin and Ireland's history and culture for over 800 years.
  • Gaelic Games: Extremely popular and embedded in day to day living, Gaelic football and hurling are especially skillful activities that are indigenous to Ireland.
  • EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum: Through 20 state-of-the-art galleries, you can immerse yourself in the stories of some of the most remarkable tales of sacrifice, endurance, adventure, and discovery the world has ever known.
  • GPO (General Post Office) Witness History: Dublin’s GPO is indelibly associated with the 1916 Rising and the events that led to the creation of an independent Irish state.
  • Visit County Galway sites and conduct activities such as: Clonmacnoise: An ancient monastic site and great center of learning founded by St Ciaran in the mid-6th century.
  • Galway City: Highly immersed in Irish language and culture, due to its proximity to the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) region. The city has many relics of its medieval past and is a fascinating juxtaposition of modern and traditional architecture.
  • Spanish Arch and Medieval Wall: Originally a 16th century bastion, which was added to Galway's town walls to protect merchant ships from looting.
  • Tunes in the Church: An award winning traditional Irish music concert featuring top class traditional musicians, singers and dancers.
  • The Cnoc Suain Student Program: A three part participatory experience.
  • Natural History of the Bogland: Bogland formation, turf harvesting. Learn about the intriguing “Bog Bodies” phenomena.
  • Traditional and Contemporary Gaelic Culture: Gaelic language in poetry and song. Local foods – Carrigeen moss pudding, dilisk bread. Herbs: Nettles and seaweeds - their uses - old and new as well as using rushes for rushcraft.
  • Irish Traditional Music, Song & Dance: Traditional instruments, dance tunes, rhythms. Slow-airs and sean-nós (old-style) songs. Learning a Gaelic song and the steps to an Irish (céilí) folk dance!
  • Connemara: Sights include the town of Clifden and Kylemore Abbey which was built mid-19th century.
  • Killary Sheep Farm: A traditional working mountain farm with approximately 200 ewes and lambs roaming freely in the mountain overlooking Killary Fjord, on the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • The Aran Islands: Three islands located off Galway Bay, on the wild Atlantic west coast of Ireland. The largest and most inhabited is Inishmore (Inish meaning Island). Fishing and farming were the main occupations of the Irish speaking islanders who were frequently cut off from the mainland by harsh weather conditions.
  • Dun Aengus (Dun Aonghasa in Irish): The most famous of several prehistoric forts on the Aran Islands and is precariously perched on the edge of a vertical cliff 100m above the churning waters of the Atlantic below. Built during the Bronze Age and dating from 1,000 B.C