HWS Alumni/Alumnae and Parent Trip Overview

Dunluce Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

The trip has reached capacity. If you'd like to be placed on a waiting list (in the event that someone has to cancel) please contact Alumni House at 315-781-3700.

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 four 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 and during our previous alumni/ae tours. 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). This time we are offering a pre-trip to Dingle from 4/24/18 to 4/27/18.

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 February 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 February 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 may take any flight you want but please keep in mind that you will have to arrive in time to clear customs and be ready to board the bus and leave by 9 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018. There are several flights that arrive around 6 or 7 a.m. into Shannon. You will need to arrange to fly out of Dublin on Sunday, May 6, 2018.


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