Robert Morris University is going green – emerald green, that is.
A group of RMU administrators, including President Gregory G. Dell'Omo, and his wife, Polly, along with alumni, and friends are currently across The Pond enjoying a private, nine-day tour of Ireland, aka the Emerald Isle.
Led by their guides, James Vincent, associate professor of English Studies at RMU, and Therese Cunningham, a lecturer at the Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology, the group is enjoying unique Irish cuisine (see photos), luxury accommodations, and breathtaking sights during this very special annual trip.
Vincent, who has taught Irish literature and other courses for 32 years, has made more than 30 trips to his ancestral land, and he was instrumental in creating RMU’s exchange agreement with the University of Limerick.
Yesterday the group took a luxury coach tour through County Clare to the soaring, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher. Next they visited Burren, where vast stretches of limestone riven by fissures are splashed by the colors of foxgloves, rock roses, and 26 species of butterfly.
Today they made their way to Galway, aka the “City of the Tribes,” which is known for its music, festivals, horse racing, pubs, galleries, restaurants, shops, and theatres.
"We spent the day shopping and touring the city," said Jay T. Carson, vice president for Institutional Advancement at RMU. "Our guide, Therese, is very knowledgeable and has given some great background on Galway, its traditions and history. Tonight we'll be going out to dinner at Kirwin's, which should be fantastic."
Over the next few days, the RMU group will be visiting many other historic towns and sites, including Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, Dublin, Clonmacnoise, Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Killmainham Gaol, the Hill of Tara, and Powerscourt House and Gardens.
Keep watching the RMUNews blog for photos and updates on the group’s Irish adventure…