Category Archives: Travels on the Island

Change

Ireland has been a place lately defined by dramatic change. The change brought by surging wealth developed during the Celtic Tiger years, when the country catapulted from one of the economic under-performers of Europe to the shining star that countries … Continue reading

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An Irish Quote

“I can be perfectly happy by myself. With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”  — Oscar Wilde, De Profundis    A little over a year ago I bought a journal in The Coop in Harvard … Continue reading

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Meeting George Mitchell!

On February 10th, I had the opportunity to go see former Senator George Mitchell speak on a panel at Queen’s University Belfast with Monica McWilliams (former leader of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition) about their memories from the peace talks that culminated … Continue reading

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Half-Irishmen, Stouts, and the Dilemma of Belonging

I occupy a strange identity space here in Ireland. I’ve never lived somewhere where the vast majority of people look very much like me, yet lead lives quite different than my own. I have red hair, a red-ish beard, and … Continue reading

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That’s So American of you and Second Semester

First semester is over and the highlight of my upcoming semester is an internship at the Ottobock prosthetic building company at Cappagh National Hospital in Dublin. As my final project I will be building a muscle simulator to engage phantom … Continue reading

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Sharing Ireland With My Family

My full name is Micaela Erin Flynn Connery.  We have a sign “No Irish Need Apply” to remind us of when relatives first moved to Newport from Ireland many years ago and how they struggled.  My grandparents, although born and raised … Continue reading

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Ranging around Newgrange

On Monday Emma, Megan, and I travelled to the ancient ruins of Newgrange and the Hill of Tara in County Meath, about a 45 minute drive north of Dublin. Newgrange is a massive circular mound on a hill, constructed of stone, with … Continue reading

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Beginnings and Elastic Weather

Getting started in Dublin has been fast and rewarding. From the start, I felt like a hit the ground running in my program doing exactly the kind of research I came to do. My course is Electronic Signals Engineering at … Continue reading

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Leaving

The first month I arrived in Ireland, two friends and I boarded a bus from Galway City to Gort with the three train tickets we had mistakenly purchased (fortunately, the bus driver was very kind – or perhaps merely indifferent). … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on an Incredible Year!

It’s hard to believe that this wonderful year is already coming to an end! Without a doubt, this has been the most incredible year of my life – I’ve had opportunities to study alongside leading global scholars in the field … 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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