Years ago I found my way out to the harbor at Smerwick at the western
end of the Dingle peninsula. You have to drive through a new golf
course and clusters of new vacation homes to get there, but the harbor
and beach -- so wide and quiet now -- is very moving. You can see the
remnants of the "Golden Fort," now overgrown, and there's an
intriguing modern memorial with the story of the massacre, though I
cannot now recall if Spenser's name is mentioned.
That's far away from Dublin and the Pale, but the Dingle Peninsula is
itself really beautiful, and full of interesting archeological sites,
including scores of monastaries, traces of old pilgrimage routes to
sacred places, and lots of Gaelic spoken. Vide Seamus Heaney's poem
about "In Gallarus Oratory," on one of the sites.
On Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 11:47 AM, Mitchell M. Harris
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> Dear Colleagues,
> I'm in the process of writing a proposal for a January Interim travel course
> on Spenser and Ireland through the Upper Midwest Association for
> Intercultural Education (UMAIE). The course would be offered during the
> interim of 2010.
> I'm writing to see if anyone else has organized such a course. If so, could
> you please offer me your sage advice and wisdom? I'd also like to hear from
> others who have not organized such a class, but have made the Spenser tour
> through Ireland. Could you tell me about places to go, places to avoid,
> things to see, places to stay, etc.? Many thanks in advance.
> All the best,
> Mitch Harris
> Mitchell M. Harris
> Assistant Professor
> Department of English
> Augustana College
> 2001 S. Summit Ave.
> Sioux Falls, SD 57197
> (605) 274-4699
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