Ireland: Beyond the Usual

When I started doing research on the Gaels as part of my interest in the Gaelic language, I began accumulating sites that might be of interest when traveling. This process culminated in the development of two ‘Beyond the Usual’ classes – one for Scotland and one for Ireland.

What follows are the course resources for the class.

Course Syllabus

Class Summary

Ireland has a long and fascinating history. Travelers to Ireland will want to explore historically significant locations and unusual sites relevant to the culture and history of the country. We’ll discuss some of these sites as well as some tips and advice for traveling throughout the country. Note: This class will not provide Gaelic language teaching.

Who should take this course?

This class is for students who want to learn about travel to Ireland, in-person or from the comfort of the classroom. We will be focusing on the more unusual sites and locations that are relevant to the language, culture, and history of the country.

Learning Objectives

After this class, students should be able to:

  • Understand the range of possible sites to visit
  • Develop a basic understanding of the country’s history, thereby increasing the meaningfulness of visiting
  • Identify potential travel difficulties and develop strategies to navigate around them

Class Topics

Session 1 (2 hours)

  • A brief introduction to Irish Mythology
  • A sampling of sites from the Neolithic (standing stones, passage tombs, rock art, etc.)
  • A sampling of sites from the Bronze/Iron Ages (crannogs, hillforts)
  • A sampling of sites from the Irish Monastic era (monasteries, churches, museums)
  • An array of museums with collections from a number of eras
  • Tips & tricks for traveling to and around Ireland


Enjoy researching potential travel to Ireland.

Files for the course

Updated 7/24/2022