Explore the rich literary and cultural traditions of the lovely Emerald Isle, where the pace of life is leisurely, the scenery is breathtaking and the people are unfailingly friendly.

Discover the lush green hills, sea-swept islands, charming people and literary traditions of Ireland with your fellow Princetonians June 8-17, 2017. In the company of Professor Paul Muldoon, follow the literary pen strokes of poet W.B. Yeats in his beloved Sligo and author James Joyce's Dublin. Begin your journey in the west of Ireland with two days in the delightful Galway. Visit Thoor Ballylee, the home of William Butler Yeats. Take a ferry ride to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, and share a picnic lunch with a traditional Irish storyteller. Traverse the legendary landscapes of Connemara National Park and enjoy the gorgeous seascapes and quaint villages on a drive to County Sligo. Here visit 17th century Parkes Castle picturesquely situated on the shores of Lough Gill, relax on a leisurely cruise around the Lakes Innisfree and walk the among the tombstones of Carrowmore megalithic cemetery, one of the oldest in Europe. Continuing on to Belfast, explore the interlocking basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway, sample whiskey at the Old Bushmills Distillery and uncover the true legend of Titanic in the city where it all began at the Titanic Belfast Museum. For a grand finale, participate in the legendary Bloomsday celebrations, Dublin's most classic literary event.

About the Study Leader

Paul Muldoon is a Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor at Princeton University and Founding Chair of the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts. In 2007 he was appointed Poetry Editor of The New Yorker. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, where he is an honorary Fellow of Hertford College.

Paul Muldoon's main collections of poetry are New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting The British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), Poems 1968-1998 (2001), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), Horse Latitudes (2006), Maggot (2010) and One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (2015).

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Paul Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature for 1996. Other recent awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2005 Aspen Prize for Poetry and the 2006 European Prize for Poetry. He has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as "the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War."


Trip Details

  • Dates: June 8-17, 2017
  • Cost: From $5,995 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Operator: Criterion Travel

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