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Traveling with SECWAC: Ireland

September 23 - September 28



SECWAC is a cooperating council in the Philadelphia World Affairs Council (WAC) Travel Program. Through it, members will receive information on unique international travel opportunities organized by Philadelphia WAC.

To kick off this collaboration, SECWAC’s Executive Director Paul Nugent will lead a trip to Ireland 23-28 September 2024 to explore political and social history of Ireland in the 20th and 21st centuries. The trip will include 2 days in Belfast visiting the Titanic Museum and various sites associated with the Troubles, and then 3 days in Dublin visiting Trinity College Dublin, the Irish Parliament, and sites associated with the 1916 Easter Rebellion. Paul has also organized presentations by experts on Irish history, Brexit, and the Irish Constitution.

Paul was born and raised in Ireland, emigrating to the US in 1989 after completing graduate studies at University College Dublin. He has a longtime interest in Irish history and current affairs, and has made presentations to various local libraries and organizations over the past few years on the impact of Brexit on Ireland in the context of Anglo-Irish history.


In addition, travelers will have the opportunity to extend their visit with a 3-day golfing trip to nearby County Wicklow.

A summary of the trip is provided below, and here is a link to slides providing more detail.

If you would like to learn more about the trip, please contact Paul at or call 860-575-1616.


Reservation Info:

Reservations can be made through the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia website at:

Find additional details on page 15 of the BROCHURE, or by clicking on the REQUEST RESERVATION link.


Trip Summary

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3


Day 4

  • Tour of Irish Government Buildings ( – unique opportunity for tourists, as available only through appointment with member of parliament);
  • In the afternoon, history walking tour of sites associated with 1916 Rebellion and Irish War of Independence (; visit to pub with Irish music for those interested.

Day 5

  • Visit the General Post Office Museum (HQ of 1916 Rebellion,;
  • visit Trinity College Dublin (Book of Kells, etc) in the afternoon
  • Farewell dinner with guest (TBD).

Day 6

  • Travel to airport in the morning and depart; for those wishing to extend the visit, opportunity to play golf or other activities.

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September 23
September 28