Iona Ireland

Iona University's New Global Campus

Iona University’s roots reach back to nineteenth-century Ireland, where a successful local businessman named Edmund Rice devoted his wealth to educating the marginalized of society.

Since then, we have been proud to play a pivotal role in the City of New Rochelle, providing a high-quality education to students from our New York region and beyond, and being named a top school nationwide for return on investment.

In 2022, with the opening of the NewYork-Presbyterian School of Health Sciences, we extended our footprint to nearby Bronxville, NY.

Now, we are proud to share that we have returned to the country of Iona's humble but impactful beginnings.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate Iona Ireland, a Gael campus located in the charming town of Westport.

Experience Westport

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Westport House

Study in Westport

Learn more about how you can study in Westport, Ireland.

Study in Westport

President Carey on this Exciting Initiative

In this video from spring 2023, President Carey discusses the significance of Iona University returning to its Irish roots.

Westport House

Iona students who choose to pursue this opportunity take their courses in Westport House, one of Ireland’s last privately-owned historic houses. Nestled on 400-acres of stunning beauty, students not only enjoy a serene environment for studying but are also be able to take advantage of the woodlands, grounds, camping and other opportunities Westport House has to offer.

Learn More: Westport House

Westport House

Students take courses in Westport House, one of Ireland's most beautiful historic houses.

A class in Westport House in a room full of books.

Rich in history, Westport House transports visitors through time to an era of deep thought and inquiry. Students are surrounded by art, texts and antiques that connect this special structure to the past.

An Iona University scarf on Keem Bay Beach in Ireland.

Nearby to Westport, Achill Island is home to Keem Bay Beach, one of the world's top 50 beaches.

Westport House Estate aerial view.

Located on 400-acres of stunning beauty, students can explore the Westport House Estate along dedicated forest trails, walkways, restored pathways and more.

Leadership from Iona and Westport hold an Iona pennant.

Front left: Seamus Carey, Ph.D., President of Iona University; Seamus Weir, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council; Eileen Ivers ’87, ’19H, a Grammy Award-winning Musician; Back left: Biddy Hughes, Head of Operations at Westport House; Kevin O'Sullivan, Se

The river in the town of Westport.

The town of Westport is a popular tourist destination for its scenery, restaurants and beaches, attracting visitors from Ireland and around the world.

Class Overview & Experiential Learning

Class Overview

All classes are held at the Westport House Estate. Students are surrounded by its rich history, beautiful art and vibrant grounds. Local guest speakers are a cornerstone of each class, offering valuable and unique perspectives students are able to incorporate into their coursework and in their careers beyond the classroom.

A library in the Westport house.

Experiential Learning

While studying abroad is an impactful learning experience in itself, classes in Ireland also feature many experiential learning opportunities. A few examples include nursing students performing clinical observations in local hospitals and music students attending concerts and meeting local musicians. Students leave these experiences with an increased framework of the world at large and a wider set of skills: yet another instance of Iona students learning outside the lines.

Westport House with a tree in the foreground.
The river and bridge on the grounds of Westport House.

Boffin Lodge

While in Ireland, students stay at Boffin Lodge, a bed & breakfast located near the historical Quay district in Westport. Featuring modern amenities with plenty of old-world charm, students enjoy comfortable accommodations complete with a tasty breakfast each morning.

Two students smile in their room at Boffin Lodge.

Students enjoy comfortable accommodations in a charming setting.

Boffin Lodge

Boffin Lodge, located near the historical Quay district.

The dining room at Boffin Lodge with chickens.

You may see a chicken or two enjoying their breakfast while you dine.

Twin beds at a room in Boffin Lodge.

All rooms feature modern amenities while retaining old-world charm.

The dining room at Boffin Lodge

Students can order breakfast the night before so that it is ready in the morning.

Dining Out

While Ireland may be famous for its dairy and filling breakfasts, there are many other local cuisines to explore during your stay. Enjoy a wide variety of seafood, beef and poultry dishes coupled with potatoes, salads and brown bread. And remember, make sure to leave room for dessert!

Chicken with mashed potatoes.

J.J. O'Malleys is popular spot in Westport. Chicken with mashed potatoes in a savory cream sauce is a favorite choice.

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips from The Quay in Gallway.

Salmon and potatoes.

Salmon and mashed potatoes with hazelnut sauce from J.J. O'Malleys in Westport.

Seafood Chowder with brown bread from The Towers.

Seafood Chowder with brown bread from The Towers.

Cod and Shrimp

J.J. O'Malleys' take on Cod Mornay features a creamy cheese sauce topped with shrimp.

Chocolate almond tart with ice cream from The Towers.

Leave room for dessert! Chocolate almond tart with ice cream from The Towers.

Experience Westport

Featuring a vibrant downtown brimming with restaurants, shops, music and more, Westport is also nearby to some of the most beautiful destinations in Ireland.

Hear from President Carey, Eileen Ivers ’81, 19H and members of the Westport community as they welcome you and show you around this captivating town.


Allow President Carey to welcome and show you around.

Downpatrick Head

Grammy-award winner Eileen Ivers ’87, 19H introduces Downpatrick Head.

Wild Atlantic Wear

Stop by Wild Atlantic Wear for all of your Westport gear.

Kelly’s Tweeds & Knitwear

You’ll fit right in after a stop at Kelly’s Tweeds & Knitwear.

The Bookshop

Grab your next favorite page turner at The Bookshop.

The Helm

This cozy restaurant features both traditional Irish and contemporary cuisine.

Westport House

Biddy Hughes from Westport House extends a warm “100,000” welcomes.

Boffin Lodge

Pat Aylward owns the charming guest house where students will be staying.

Krem: Gelateria & Café

Pop in for tasty gelato and crepes.

Matt Molloy’s

Hear the best traditional Irish music at Ireland’s #1 pub.

Cronin’s Sheebeen

Drop in for a pint and a bite.

Iona Ireland Interest Form

Westport House

If you would like to receive information about opportunities in Westport Ireland, please complete the interest form below.

Iona Ireland Interest Form

About Westport, Ireland

Westport is a town within County Mayo and consists of roughly 7,000 residents. A popular tourist destination, Westport is well known for its beautiful scenery, restaurants, beaches and more.

Natural Beauty

Westport and its surrounding areas are home to some of the most gorgeous examples of Ireland’s natural beauty. Students will have many hiking opportunities, including Croagh Patrick, which is considered by many to be a holy mountain. Additionally, nearby Achill Island features Keem Bay Beach, one of the world’s top 50 beaches. In 2022, it was named the number one “Best Wild Swimming Spot in UK & Ireland.”

Getting Around

Like many European towns and cities, Westport is designed for both walkability and cyclists.

For those wishing to explore Ireland further, Westport’s railway station connects to Castlebar where visitors can make train connections beyond County Mayo.

Drivers can also take advantage of the N5, N4 and N59 routes, and the regional airport Ireland West Airport Knock is only 37 miles away.

Restaurants & Pubs

With roughly 40 pubs and restaurants to choose from, students will find plenty of options to enjoy the local cuisine. A few highlights include the An Port Mór Restaurant (“The Big Port”) or Matt Malloy’s which features live, traditional music seven nights per week.


Westport boasts many opportunities for those looking to explore culture. The Westport Town Hall Theatre is one popular destination and hosts events, artists, musicians, local theatre groups and even children’s puppet shows throughout the year.

Westport is also home to several festivals, including the music and arts festival “Westival,” a Croagh Patrick Walking festival and The Saltwater Festival of Music, Food, Art & Culture.