For the last 2 days I, along with the majority of our Champlain Abroad Dublin group, was able to spend time on a program sponsored tour to Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom despite being on the island of Ireland and containing much of the same history. Northern Ireland has been a hotbed for conflict and revolutionary acts for the last 40 plus years, but in the last 10 years or so much of the conflict has calmed down dramatically. Much of the conflict is the result of the Catholic and Protestants who live in Northern Ireland wanting different things. The Catholic population wants to leave the United Kingdom and become apart of the Republic, while the Protestants side with the United Kingdom and would like to keep Northern Ireland separate. This is caused incredible struggles, as neither group is willing to stand down and let their beliefs die. Despite the constant struggle, Northern Ireland is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes and makes for one of the most breath-taking experiences I have ever had!
|Sea Cave at Dunluce Castle|
The Titanic Museum is an absolutely phenomenal building that chronicles everything and anything about the Titanic. It is situated right where the ship was built and launched all the way back in 1912! The museum does a wonderful job of creating an immersive experience that is incredibly informative at the same time. The staff their mixes artifacts and recreations with modern technology to bring this museum to life. If you ever find yourself in Ireland and have a day or two to spare the trip to Belfast is well worth it!
Champlain Abroad Dublin, Spring ‘14Champlain College, Secondary Education ‘15