Category Archives: National University of Ireland Maynooth

Meeting the Road

I used to run in Haiti under a sun made of fire. As I would pass along the road, a flurry of bare feet, brown eyes, and small arms would emerge from the frames of palm-thatched houses. Although their legs … Continue reading

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A Basic Guide to Irish Idioms

Last week I was reminded in a rather humorous way of the differences between the Irish and American dialects of English. I was in Lahinch in Co. Clare and needed a way of getting back to Galway, so I posted … Continue reading

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West Coast, Best Coast

It is 7am on a Saturday, and the sleepiness in Galway is infectious. Most students have gone home for the weekend, and those who haven’t have yet to stir from the warmth of their abodes. Resisting the temptation to follow … Continue reading

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Life in Ireland is “grand”

The alarm goes off at 5:30am, signaling the start to my day. As a Muslim, I pray 5 obligatory prayers and our earliest begins at dawn. This means I’m always awake by 5:30am everyday! I also try to spend parts … Continue reading

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A Journey and Finale

A dissertation.  Those who are writing one typically go through various stages. Love it. Hate it. Rewrite it. Edit it. Despite the late nights and revisions, the final product is rewarding. The writer has reached the mountaintop. While I am … Continue reading

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No Ordinary House in the Mountains

Winding through the Wicklow Mountains with the sun glistening off the peaks of green shaded hilltops, I could not stop staring. Known as the “Garden of Ireland”, the landscape was glowing and nearly alive with the abundance of trees and … Continue reading

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Ireland: ’tis awful shocking nice (trans: I love it here)

Ireland seems to run on inside jokes, playful self-deprecation, and good-natured resignation to whatever the future may bring.  In other words, I have found Ireland remarkably similar to my upbringing – the casual familiarity, the nod of a head imbued … Continue reading

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The First Day

Swinging open the door, I peeked my head in. A few older gentlemen and ladies peppered the conference room. I was early to my first class. I sat there quietly unpacking my notebook and looked around. I found my first … Continue reading

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Thanks, Ireland!

Ireland has had absolutely beautiful weather for the last week. Bright sunshine, no cloud to be found, a light breeze and 75 degrees…this sort of weather makes me want to stay. If only, it was like this year round. Not … Continue reading

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A Positive Report

Where does time go? What was that movie where the main character had a huge remote control and could fast forward through life? If I could get my hands on one of those jumbo-size remotes, I would only use the … Continue reading

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The Thread Connecting It All

Growing up, I had an unusual obsession with the world of professional surfing. I didn’t grow up on the water. And even if I had, in Mississippi that water would have been almost completely devoid of waves. Nobody in my … Continue reading

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The Excitement of Learning Something New

I’ll never forget the first time I learned about the American civil rights movement. I was in the 5th grade and we were allowed to choose our own topic for a history presentation from an exhaustive list of events. I’m … Continue reading

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