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English Literary Tour

A group of 114 Third Year students from Davitt College embarked on a Literary Tour of Dublin on November 7th 2012 and were accompanied by their English teachers. The purpose of this tour was to offer the students an alternative perspective to Literature and hopefully embellish their experience of studying some of our great Irish writers, dramatists and poets who have had connections with Dublin.
In the words of Dermot Bolger, ‘It is impossible to cross Dublin and not feel in the company of phantoms from some writer’s imagination.’ In an effort to encounter such phantoms or uncover the inspiration behind such creations, the students and teachers of Davitt College began their Literary Tour of the UNESCO City of Literature.
The Irish literary tradition is undoubtedly one of the most illustrious in the world, famous for four Nobel Prize winners and for many other writers of international renown. Such a tradition is exhibited at The Dublin Writer’s Museum which the students were fortunate enough to visit. The museum showcases and celebrates the historical wealth of literary Dublin.
The students were also guided around the Campus of Trinity College, securing a visit to the Old Library to view The Book of Kells and the Long Room which houses over 200,000 of Ireland’s oldest books, along with first edition manuscripts of James Joyce’s Ulysses and The Dubliners and one of the few remaining copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
The W.B. Yeats exhibition then drew the touring group to the National Library on Kildare Street. W.B. Yeats was one of the great poets of the twentieth century who has exerted a profound influence on world literature. The National Library of Ireland holds the largest collection of W.B. Yeats manuscripts in the world. Materials from this collection were on display here. Having studied Yeats as an integral part of their English curriculum, the students were enthralled by this exhibition which covered many aspects of the poet’s life and his development as a writer. It also provided them with an insight into Irish social, cultural and political life from the late 1800’s to the 1930’s.
As Dublin’s longest established theatre in continuous production, The Gaiety Theatre is one of Dublin’s premier venues. The students were lucky enough to partake in a guided back stage tour, behind the scene of The Gaiety Theatre. The students were given a brief introduction to the history of The Gaiety Theatre. They were also given the opportunity to tread the boards of the stage, as well as getting a look behind the scenes to experience the creative processes involved in the production of any given drama.

The final stop on this literary excursion was Merrion Square, one of the largest and grandest of Dublin’s Georgian squares hosting the Oscar Wilde monument and the home of W.B. Yeats. The students explored Merrion Square which once was the sanctuary of inspiration for many Irish Literary figures who were often intrigued by the natural beauty it had to offer in the middle of the cityscape.
It is hoped that this Literary Tour of Dublin instilled a certain level of enthusiasm and interest for the subject of English, which will be looked for in their responses to questions on the English Junior Certificate Examination Papers in June. Furthermore, this tour offered a further dimension to the study of English which will stretch far beyond the classroom walls and it is an experience that will undoubtedly remain with the students for years to come.

A group of 114 Third Year students from Davitt College embarked on a Literary Tour of Dublin on November 7th 2012 and were accompanied by their English teachers

A group of 114 Third Year students from Davitt College embarked on a Literary Tour of Dublin on November 7th 2012 and were accompanied by their English teachers

 

 

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