Just two weeks ago I traveled to Ireland with some Communication Arts students who are also taking the COMM448: Multimedia Storytelling course. Before leaving for Ireland, we had normal class meetings where we learned about multimedia storytelling and practiced multimedia techniques. Each student had to choose a theme to tell a story about. My theme was historical signs. I had to use multimedia, like photos, video, and audio to tell stories about historical signs from the Scranton area. I’ll be doing the same for places we went in Ireland.
This class and trip was an amazing, life-changing experience for me. I had never traveled internationally before. We may not realize it, but we all tell stories every day, whether it’s about something we experienced or something we learned or just for the activity of telling a story. I visited and learned about numerous cathedrals, castles, parks, gardens, and forts along the travels from Galway to Dublin to Sneem and to Limerick.
During this trip, our tour guide, Batt Burns, told us many stories and facts about the history of Ireland. One story our tour guide told us was about the Wee Folk who live in Staigue Fort, a partly ruined stone ring fort located in County Kerry. The Wee Folk are spirits who live underground this fort. Legend says at midnight, the Wee Folk rise from the ground and dance. One night during the summer around midnight, a man came across this fort and entered the fort. This man was invited to dance by the Wee Folk, and so he danced all night long with the Wee Folk. The very next morning, he was found sleeping with his toes broken off from dancing so much. Below are some photos from our visit to the fort.
Marywood offers a lot of opportunities to travel and study abroad. There are options to study for a semester or over holiday breaks. I’m very thankful that I had this chance to hear life and historical stories from Irish people.
Anne is a sophomore Comm Arts major concentrating in Digital Media. She’s web editor for The Wood Word, a disc jockey for 91.7 VMFM (Wednesdays at 8 p.m.), production manager for the Digital Film Production Club, and a member of TV-Marywood. She’s also Resident Representative for Student Government. @annezukowski