UMM Plans Spring Tour of Ireland

Planning sessions scheduled for Oct. 7 & 10

MACHIAS, ME – The University of Maine at Machias has announced that it will offer a nine-day excursion to Ireland in the spring of 2009 for both students and interested community members. The trip will run from March 27 to April 4, 2009, and is being organized by UMM history professor Kay Kimball.

Highlights will include guided sightseeing in Dublin, with a trip to Trinity College to see the "Book of Kells." The group will visit County Kildare, home of Ireland's famous racehorses, and Kilkenny, a formerly bustling medieval town. The trip will also take travelers to Blarney Castle in Cork, and along the Atlantic coast's Ring of Kerry. The tour ends with a visit to Galway and its Bunratty Castle, and a stop at the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher.

According to Kimball, “Ireland offers a wonderful experience for sightseer and student alike. Its development as a modern, industrial nation might be recent, but its rural roots remain evident in towns and villages across the country.”

To prepare for the trip all travelers will meet a number of times as a group and discuss travel plans, cultural expectations, and other essentials. With additional work and planning, students may take the trip to earn credit in art, English, or history.

Two planning and information meetings are scheduled for the following dates and times:  Wednesday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m. Both meetings will be held in the Portside room of Kimball Hall. Anyone interested in the trip is encouraged to attend one of the meetings.

For travel details, costs, and other information, please contact Kay Kimball at 255-1262 or kkimball@maine.edu.

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