Ireland Study Abroad

In even years (2024, 2026, etc.) Dr. Colleen Brady leads a study abroad trip to Ireland: ASEC 29000/ANSC 29500 (The Role of Horses in Irish Culture and Society, 3 credits).

Students spend 16-18 days in Ireland, typically from mid-May to early June. There are stops in Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, and Northern Ireland. About half of the trip centers around stops related to the horse industry (stud farms, working horse farms, horse races and shows, university equine programs, etc.). The other half of the trip includes stops at sites of historical and cultural importance (Newgrange, Giant’s Causeway, Kilmainham Gaol, Blarney Castle, Connemara, etc.).

In this trip, students will learn about Irish culture, compare the horse industries in Ireland and the United States (including management practices, the relative popularity of different breeds, and disciplines between the countries), and compare education programs for professionals and enthusiasts in each country.

Students’ complete assignments to prepare for the course, as well as when we are in country. For the final project students create digital stories that share their experiences and what they learned. A sample of one of these stories appears in the video below.


Day 1: Fly out of US
Day 2: Arrive in Dublin & St. Patrick Cathedral
Day 3: Enniskillen College
Day 4: Shean’s Horse Farm
Day 5: Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum & Irish Equine Rehabilitation Centre
Day 6: INS Tour and Racehorse Experience and Irish Horse Board
Day 7: Kilkenny &  Polo Wicklow
Day 8: Free Day
Day 9: Fernhill Sports horses, Gloria Nolan Connermaras, and Ballypatrikck Stud 
Day 10: Coolmore Stud, Fethard County Horse Experience, and Rock of Cashel
Day 11: Blarney Castle & English Market
Day 12: Galway Macroom Water Buffalo, Gurteen Agriculture College and Draught Horses
Day 13: Aran Islands and Cliffs or Moher
Day 14: Glengowla Mines, Kylemore Abbey, and Conemara Tour
Day 15: Free Day-Galway
Day 16:Dublin Clonmacnoise - Athlone
Day 17: Hop on Hop Off, Kilmainham Gaol, and Irish Nights
Day 18: Depart Dublin

Colleen Brady

Dr Colleen Brady

Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication
Dr. Brady is a Horse Extension Specialist, who focuses her engagement work toward youth and adults working with horses. Dr. Brady’s research interest is in better understanding human perspectives and drivers related to equine well-being, and then the implementation of distance learning strategies to enhance care, management and well-being of horses. Dr. Brady collaborates with Equine Extension Specialists nationally as a member of the Leadership team for Extension Horses, Inc. (, and eXtension HorseQuest, and internationally with the International Society of Equitation Science (

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