The reason I've been in Ireland a month earlier than classes start at UCC is because I am enrolled in the Early Start Programe of Folklore & Ethnology. It's more of an anthropology class I'd say since we are learning about the Irish peasants and their marriage and death rituals, food, homes, and music. Class is Monday through Thursday, where Thursday is reserved for field trips around Ireland. Last Thursday the class went on our first field trip to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. It was great because all that I had learned in class was there at the park (especially the homes and furniture.)
Our next field trip will be to Inisheer in the Aran Islands.