Dr. Tim White
Hi, I am Dr. White and I am a professor at Xavier University where I teach courses in the fields of Comparative Politics and International Relations. Most of my research is in the field of Irish Politics and Sociology and I am currently working on a project analyzing recent changes in Irish economic conditions, demography, and political culture.
While in Ireland I will be your guide and/or professor. For the student tour I teach a course called Celts, Conquest, and Conflicting Identities. For the custom tours I will be your guide and chaufeur. I love running around Ireland, so just let me know where you want to go and we are off!
Dr. George Farnsworth
Hello, I am an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Xavier University. I currently teach General Biology II, Animal Behavior, and Anatomy & Physiology. My research is focused on the behavioral ecology of mockingbirds.
In Ireland I teach a course on Biodiversity and Conservation. It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about Ireland’s flora and fauna, not to mention a lot of fun mucking around Ireland’s intertidal pools.
Dr. Graley Herren
Hi, my name is Graley Herren. I am a Professor of English at Xavier, where I teach a variety of courses on modern Irish, British, and American literature. My main research interests are the works of Samuel Beckett, Don DeLillo, and Bob Dylan. In Ireland I love taking students to places which inspired great poems and plays by writers like William Butler Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory. We also study Irish music with an emphasis on rebel ballads. We will go see a play at the Galway Arts Festival, and we will also view the magnificent art on display at the National Gallery in Dublin. Ireland is amazing—please come join our adventures!
John Magner is a dairy farmer just outside the town of Bansha in Co. Tipperary. John employs the latest practices for maintaining a healthy and productive herd of forty cows while being sensitive to the environment. He serves as a mentor for students at Rockwell College who are seeking to become dairy farmers.
Gerry Joyce is a thatcher, heritage consultant, and folk singer from Galway. His work as a thatcher and vernacular architect has led him around the world. His musical career began in 1967 when he began performing sole and with a variety of folk groups. He has played with most of the Irish traditional groups including: The Dubliners, Wolfe Tones, Christy Moore, Johnny McEvoy and others. He serves as our guide to the West of Ireland.
Nancy Leahy is a native of Co. Tipperary and has been an avid hill walker for decades. She leads groups in and around the Galtee Mountains. She recently completed a Master’s Thesis from University College Cork on Anew McMaster and his productions in rural Ireland. She is very active in the theatre and arts scene in Co. Tipperary. Nancy is our guide for nature walks in the south of Ireland.