Irish Traditions, Folklore & Culture

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Irish Traditions, Folklore & Culture

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Celtic Studies, Research

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module interweaves Irish traditions, folklore, and culture to give students an opportunity to raise their awareness and knowledge of the three themes. It will also enable students to have a broader understanding of life in Ireland and their learning/living environment. Students will be able to participate in visits to various iconic destinations and immerse themselves in an Irish cultural experience. 

    Introduction to the history of Limerick/Ireland
    Irish Climate/Lifestyle
    Irish Myths and folklore (1)
    Irish Myths and folklore (2)
    Sports in Ireland (overview) and Limerick
    The Gaelic Athletic Association
    Traditional Irish Music
    Contemporary Irish music/film industry
    Irish festivals and celebrations

    Workshop 1: Irish food and drink
    Workshop 2: The Irish Language
    Workshop 3: Irish English – colloquial usage in Ireland
    Workshop 4: Outdoor sports - hurling
    Workshop 5: Irish dance
    Workshop 6: Performance group work
    Workshop 7: Group performances
    Workshop 8: Poster presentation

    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this module, students should:

    • Have a greater understanding of Irish traditions, Irish folklore, and culture
    • Have improved a range of presentation skills
    • Have improved their critical thinking skills

    Sites We Visit
    Limerick city
    Cork City and Blarney Castle
    Cliffs of Moher/Lahinch
    Aran islands

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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