International Student’s Guide to Studying in Ireland
August 9, 2017
A History Student’s Guide To Studying In Ireland
As an international student, learning about the history of another country is a worthwhile experience. If you’re planning on studying history, Ireland is a great place to go to university. The Emerald Isle has a rich heritage, dating back to prehistoric times. As Ireland is a small country, you’ll be able to visit plenty of historical sites in a relatively short amount of time. Here are some of the best sites to check out.
Found in the Boyne Valley, Newgrange is a Stone Age tomb that’s older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. The site is considered an ancient temple, used for spiritual and astrological rituals. The tomb is decorated with megalithic art and it’s most famous for the illumination of its chamber during the winter solstice.
Above the entrance of the passage is an opening called a roof-box. This opening allows the sun to shine through it during the shortest days of the year.
Rock of Cashel
Despite its name, the Rock of Cashel is actually a fortress built in the 4th century. There are many buildings on the Rock, including Cormac’s Chapel, which was the chapel of King Cormac Mac Carthaigh. There’s also the well preserved round tower that dates back to 1100. The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for hundreds of years, so there is plenty to enjoy about the site.
If you’re going to study in Dublin, then you’ll want to visit Dublin Castle. Originally a Viking fortress, the castle eventually became a royal palace for the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The original remains of the castle can be found in the ‘Medieval Undercroft.’ Today, the castle is used for hosting State visits and feasts.
Blarney Castle is famous for containing the legendary Blarney Stone. According to legend, kissing the stone will give someone the ‘gift of the gab,’ which means having the ability to charm people. The castle also has gardens to explore, including a garden that features poisonous plants such as mandrake and wolfsbane.
If you’re interested in the history of Ireland’s fight for independence, Kilmainham Gaol is a good place to visit. The prison has played an important role in Ireland’s resistance against British rule. The uprisings of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 all ended with the leaders being confined at Kilmainham. The prison was shut down in 1924, but still has a presence about it that you’ll feel if you visit.
A history student will benefit greatly from going to university in Ireland. Want to know what the top student cities are in Ireland? You can check them out here.