Category Archives: University College Dublin

Liquidation & Renewal

On February 6, just before midnight, a plane carrying Ireland’s president landed at Dublin airport. It was a hastily arranged voyage, interrupting a state visit to Italy so that President Higgins could sign a piece of legislation into law. The … Continue reading

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A year of adventure

In addition to sitting in café’s working on my thesis, pints with my classmates discussing lectures, and walks through Stephens Green on sunny days, I have had the great pleasure of exploring Ireland and Europe thanks to the Mitchell fellowship. … Continue reading

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Familiarity & Surprise

As I understand more about the landscape and people around me, greater depths and layers are revealed. Perhaps it is only naiveté that could have led me to think this would not be the case, but nonetheless, I continue to be fascinated by what I observe. Continue reading

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Abortion: A Change in Ireland and in Myself

On October 28, 2012, the devastating death of Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway led to a nationwide protest in Ireland and a revaluation of women’s reproductive rights in Ireland. Savita was a 31-year-old dentist, who had been starting a planned family … Continue reading

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O’Bama: Election Season Away from Home

As a former volunteer for the Obama campaign, I felt as though I was neglecting my political duties by being away from the US during prime election season. But within my first hour on the island of Ireland, I had … Continue reading

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Business School

As I sit down to write, Post-Tropical Storm Sandy (formerly known as Tropical Storm Sandy, formerly known as Hurricane Sandy) spits its last bits of wind and water across the Eastern Seaboard of the US.  For the first time since … Continue reading

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Global Learning

In January, I attended the Ireland United States Alumni Association’s inaugural conference.  Impressively, every panel of the day included top names in Irish business, education, art, and culture, such as the general secretary of the Department of Education, the chief executive … Continue reading

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Men in Kilts!

This time, I have a funny story to share—a brief glimpse into life at my student residence. While I won’t say it is one of my happiest memories in Ireland, it is certainly one of the most outrageous and has … Continue reading

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Bloomsday! Dublin, Books, and Home

As I look around my small UCD student residence—a different room in a different building, after moving at the official end of the semester to summer housing—I’m struck by the fact that this year, no matter how momentous it has … Continue reading

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Nearing the Halfway Mark

I’ve been back in Dublin for two and a half weeks now, after a very good and lengthy visit with my family and friends back in West Virginia. Finals went very well, provisional grades have been released, and this semester’s … Continue reading

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Theorizing Ireland

Unfortunately, I must admit that I am not, by my very nature, an optimist. I am instead the cliché “realist.” I worry too much, plan too much, stress too much and think too much for optimism to settle deep within … Continue reading

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Until Next Time

It is over now: a year of developing close relationships, meeting new people, humanizing a country and culture to best of my abilities, and living-learning at a different academic institution.  Towards the conclusion of any program, I tend to mentally … Continue reading

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