Green beer, fuzzy hats ringed with shamrocks, leprechaun covered t-shirts - leave all that stuff at home and come along with Geneseo professors Joe Cope and Rob Doggett to discover an Ireland that most tourist never find: the stunning, rugged landscapes of the north and west viewed against the backdrop of Ireland's conflicted history, gorgeous literature, and traditional folk music.
We will visit Dublin and the western city of Galway, but most of our time will be devoted to the rural north and west: the impossibly green fields of the Boyne Valley, the mountains and mists of Connemara, the grey, rocky coastlines and ruined castles of Northern Ireland, and the idyllic town of Sligo, where the poet W. B. Yeats once wrote, "There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow, / And evening full of the linnet's wings." Add in some fiddle music and a pint or two of Guinness, and we promise that you'll never want to leave.
Rob Doggett, who has been at Geneseo since 2005, is professor of English and a winner of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He specializes in Irish literature, focusing in particular on Irish poetry, and he has led multiple student groups to study in Ireland. He has published extensively in Irish Studies and is the author of Deep-Rooted Things: Empire and Nation in the Poetry and Drama of William Butler Yeats (Notre Dame University Press, 2006).
Joe Cope has been at Geneseo since 2001 where he is an Associate Professor of History (and Department Chair) and recipient of a SUNY Chancellor’s Award from Excellence in Teaching. He teaches courses on early modern and modern British and Irish history, with a particular in interest in social and cultural history. He has published a number of works on the British Isles in the 17th century and is author of England and the 1641 Irish Rebellion (Boydell and Brewer, 2009).