HWS Alumni/Alumnae and Parent Trip Overview

Dunluce Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Hidden Ireland & Beyond: The History and Culture of Ireland

April 27 - May 6, 2018
(9 nights and 10 days)

Tour Leaders

Professor Emeritus of Economics Pat McGuire and his wife Sandy have a special relationship with Ireland and, of course, Hobart and William Smith Colleges. They spent two semesters in Galway, Ireland while Pat was leading the HWS off-campus program at the National University of Ireland (NUI) at Galway, and have visited many times since then. They have led three alumni/ae and parent trips to Ireland since September 2012.

During Pat's tenure at the Colleges, he also led HWS off-campus programs in London and Central Europe and taught a fall semester on the Semester at Sea. In 1985 he co-founded, with Professor Emeritus of Political Science Joe DiGangi, the Public Policy semester in Washington D.C., of which Pat was faculty director 10 times. Additionally, Pat and Jim Spates, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, developed the Two Cities course, a bi-disciplinary course taught every other year, which took HWS students to both New York and Toronto for five days each as part of their regular coursework. Pat served as interim provost at the Colleges for the academic year 2011-2012. Pat and Sandy believe in the transformative impact of off-campus programs for students, whether it is in the United States or a foreign country. They hope to provide you with similar enlightening experiences in Ireland.

Cliffs of Moher

Trip Overview

There are many ways Ireland has been described: a land of saints and scholars, of poets and playwrights, of happy wars and sad love songs and more recently the Celtic Tiger. Join us to create your own description of this beautiful and friendly island. We will explore the west of Ireland where you can still see and feel Ireland's long, complex and sometimes tragic history. We will travel to the north to learn about that separate country and end up in Dublin. We will introduce you to the Ireland that we love so much - the sea and coastline, the rolling hills, pre-Christian sites, monastic settlements, the pubs and, most of all, the people of Ireland that you will meet along the way. We will visit cities and small towns, and you will have plenty of time to be on your own in the shops and in the pubs. You will learn about the history, the archeology, the language and the culture of Ireland from friends and colleagues whom we have met during our two off-campus Irish Studies Programs in Galway. We will walk and talk, rain or shine, uphill and down as we attempt to show you the Ireland of legend, song and poetry. We will see and feel the Ireland of the past, the present and perhaps the future. And we will have a great time - we promise you! Please see the itinerary for details.

The HWS Alumni/ae Association is sponsoring another trip to Ireland from April 27 to May 6, 2018. The trip leaders will be Pat and Sandy McGuire. Pat is a Professor Emeritis of HWS who taught economics at the Colleges from 1968 to 2013 . The trip will spend time in the west and north of Ireland and end up with a quick visit to Belfast and Dublin on the east coast of Ireland. The group will arrive in Shannon on April 27, 2018 and depart from Dublin on May 6, 2018. We will visit the cities of Galway, Westport, Sligo, Derry, Belfast and Dublin and many sites, ancient and modern along the way. As you can see from the list above, we will be on the move most of the time. We will start out with three nights in Galway where the HWS students spend either a Fall or Spring term studying at the Irish Studies Center at the National University of Ireland at Galway (NUI Galway).

Pre-Trip To The Dingle Peninsula: April 24 - 26

We are offering a three day trip to the Dingle Peninsula before the trip starts if there is enough interest. The Dingle Peninsula has the largest concentration of archeological sites in the world and it has beautiful coastal scenery and good craic (“craic” is Irish for good times) in the pubs.

Day 1 Tuesday, April 24, 2018
If you want to participate in this trip you would arrive at Shannon Airport on Tuesday, April 24th and we would gather at the airport and start on our way to Dingle Town at 9:00 am. We will travel there stopping along the way to visit sites of interest and enjoying the scenery. We will arrive in Dingle Town in late afternoon and gather for dinner as a group. After dinner you are on your own to catch up on sleep or explore the town.

Day 2 Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Our guide will take us to some of the archeological sites around the peninsula and answer any questions you might have about the area and its history. After the tour your time is your own to explore Dingle Town which boasts of being the best “Foodie Town” in Ireland, having taken over recently from Kinsale in County Cork. Dingle Town also has unique pubs in which you can shop for shoes, or hardware while you are having a pint or two.

Day 3 Thursday, April 26, 2018
After checking out of the hotel, we will motor towards Limerick and after a few stops along the way visit some local sites and then stay at a hotel near the airport where we will meet the rest of the group when they arrive the next morning to start the regular tour.

Ring Fort, Dun Aengus, Aran Islands

Trip Details

Cost: $2100 per person for double occupancy and $2295 per person for single occupancy.

What is included:

HWS alums at the Jameson Distillery

  • Hotel accommodations for nine nights at quality hotels located in the center of Galway, Westport, Sligo, Derry and Donegal.
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Lunch on the day of arrival
  • Three group dinners on nights 1, 6, and 8 – all other dinners are on your own
  • Transfers from Shannon airport and to Dublin airport with the group
  • All tours, guides and transport as indicated in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees for site visits including the fare to and from the Aran Islands

What's NOT included:

Guinness –Ireland's famous stout

  • Any meals not stated above
  • International flights
  • Medical and travel insurance:
    • Every traveler needs to have medical coverage while in Ireland so check with your current medical insurance provider to see if you are covered abroad. If you are not, you can purchase a short-term travel medical policy online from companies like CMI or Med Ex Assist, to name just two.
    • We also strongly recommend that everyone purchase travel insurance to cover trip cancellation (not just trip interruption) in case you are unexpectedly unable to travel after you have paid for the trip.
    • Some companies offer a combined medical/travel policy if you need both. The best place to start the search for insurance is at http://www.insuremytrip.com/plans/index.html where you can choose medical, travel cancellation or both, and compare policies from different companies side by side. You should also inquire with your credit card provider to determine if you have specific coverage.

Galway City

Reserving a place on the trip:

  • We can accommodate a maximum of 25 people on this tour, so book early to ensure your place.
  • In order to reserve a place on the trip, you are requested to fill out a registration form online. We will accept reservations on a first-come-first-served basis and we suggest that you reserve as soon as possible, as we expect this trip to sell out. Please note that alums and parents of HWS students and graduates, along with their guests, have priority in booking this trip. Once we reach the 25-person maximum, we will start a waiting list.
  • Within 10 days of making the online registration, we require a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person. We prefer payment by check but credit card payment can be arranged by calling Kathy Regan in the Office of Advancement at (315) 781-3700. The deposit will be applied to the overall cost of the trip. The remainder of the trip cost, minus the deposit, will be due by February 1, 2016.

    Checks should be made payable to "Hobart and William Smith Colleges" and mailed to:

    Kathy Regan
    Office of Advancement
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    300 Pulteney St.
    Geneva, NY 14456

    Tel: (315) 781-3700
    email: regan@hws.edu
  • Once we have received your online reservation, we will email you the required "Part 2" of the registration form.

Cancellation policy:

Once you have paid the deposit, if you cancel the trip before January 1, we may, at our discretion, refund your deposit if we are able to find a replacement for you.

If you cancel the trip after January 1, you will lose your $500 deposit and you will be responsible for any fees or deposits that we have paid to vendors on your behalf that are non-recoverable by us. For this reason, we recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance (see above under “What’s NOT included.”)


You are not required to take a specific flight and we encourage you to shop for the best fares. Please keep in mind that the group will depart from Shannon on April 8 at around 9 a.m. You should arrange for a flight that arrives prior to that. We encourage you to check out United flight 25 from Newark to Shannon (and UA24 from Shannon to Newark), and Aer Lingus flight 134 from Boston or Newark (connect to Boston) and from Shannon to Boston EI135.



Dates: April 27 - May 6, 2018

Cost: $2100 per person for double occupancy and $2295 per person for single occupancy.

Register/Deposit: Complete and submit the online registration form now to reserve your spot.

Within 10 days of making the online booking, we require a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person. The remainder of the trip cost, minus the deposit, will be due by February 1, 2016.



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