2nd year BA Travel and Tourism Management and BA Adventure Tourism Management students had Dublin in their sights as they travelled from Tralee to experience the Culture and Heritage product on offer in the capital with lecturers Fiona Tobin and Majelle Pierse. Having a firsthand knowledge of the tourism product of Ireland is vital for students working in the industry and it also forms a very important part of both Tourism programmes in the Institute. ‘There is no better way for students to understand the importance of Culture and Heritage to Tourism in Ireland, than to let them get out and experience the product for themselves’ says Arts and Cultural Tourism lecturer Majelle Pierse ‘and that is what is behind this trip. It also allows us to see the interpretation being used and informs our class discussions’.
The jam-packed itinerary included a stadium and museum tour at Croke Park, where the students visited the dressing rooms and warm up areas, as well as learning about the history of the ground and the plans for future tourism developments at the stadium. Unfortunately, there was no time for the skyline tour this time, but it will be included in future trips for sure! Next up was a walking tour of the developing Cultural Quarter in Dublin’s Docklands as well as visits to the National Museum of Archaeology, the National Gallery and the Natural History Museum.
An interesting feature of this year’s trip was the chance for students to go on the Literary Pub Crawl, hosted by 2 actors in various pubs and venues around the city centre. Great fun was had by all as we heard stories about Behan and Larkin, Wilde and Beckett! Other sites visited included Glasnevin Cemetery and one of Ireland’s most popular tourism attractions – The Guinness Storehouse. The highlight of the trip for many of the Heritage students was undoubtedly the chance to visit Newgrange, one of only 2 World Heritage Sites in the Republic! Standing inside the monument, which predates the pyramids, is a truly unique experience.
Returning to Tralee the students gave a resounding ‘thumbs up’ to the trip. Adventure Tourism students Denis O’Sullivan and Barry Rogers both said that it had been ‘a really interesting trip’ and ‘great fun’! We really couldn’t ask for more than that!