PSY 201 May 2018 Ireland Trip

Students traveled to Ireland in May of 2018 for Adjustment (PSY 201) and Cultures of Ireland (ID 200). The faculty led program consisted of nine days abroad beginning in Dublin, with additional stops to Dundalk, Blarney, Cork, and Galway.

Trip Highlights:

  • A visit to the Dundalk Institute of Technology and local visit to a Men’s Shed. Students learned about ways Men’s Sheds can be protective for mental health, such as building comradery and social support while working on projects together. During or visit to the Dundalk Men’s Shed, we were able to witness older men gardening, woodworking, and painting. Several men spoke to us about the importance of having a sense of purpose and providing opportunities for social interaction outside of pub settings.
  • A visit to St. Patrick’s cathedral to learn about the connection between coping and religiosity.
  • We learned more about the role of superstition and luck with the visit to Blarney Castle and opportunity to kiss the Blarney stone.
  • Images and sculptures depicting stress and turmoil experienced during The Great Irish Famine were present throughout Ireland.
  • Students gained the opportunity to learn more about death and dying practices and rituals over time with at the Glasnevin cemetery tour
Class members pose at Dundalk Institute of Technology
Class members pose at Dundalk Institute of Technology
Class observes demonstration at Dundalk Institute of Technology
Class observes demonstration at Dundalk Institute of Technology
Man in Men's Shed
Man in Men's Shed
Class posing in Dublin
Class posing in Dublin
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle
Famine Sculpture
Famine Sculpture
Glasnevin Cemetery
Glasnevin Cemetery