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Alliance in Science

As an aspiring physician-scientist, a common question I get asked by friends and family at home is why I would want to come to Ireland for my gap year. When people think of Ireland, they generally picture the magnificent culture, … Continue reading

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Thinking back + looking forward

Classes at Trinity begin this week, but my first semester technically hasn’t ended yet: we’re still finishing papers and preparing for final exams. Between assignments, applying for conferences, and other work, I’ve spent a lot of time on campus, writing about … 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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The Island of Artists

They say Ireland is the island of artists, and I do believe it’s true. But as I tenderly balanced a garbage bag above the video camera to ensure it didn’t get damaged from the good Irish rain, I started to … Continue reading

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The Great Debate

Since I arrived in August, Humans of Dublin as told by Megan McNulty has been unceasingly growing as a catalogue (mostly in my mind of course) of fascinating characters and touching stories about people – like myself – who are … Continue reading

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A Weekend of Jingles in Dingle

There I was, stuck on a packed tour bus on the westernmost cliff of Ireland, while the sun set over the sea below and Coolio’s 1995 smash hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” played on the speakers. I closed my eyes, smiled, and … Continue reading

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Home on the Grange

Five thousand years ago, Neolithic Irish settlers erected an imposing, circular passage tomb in the hills alongside the River Boyne. And 5000 years later, there it remains: one of the world’s oldest archaeological monuments, just an hour’s bus ride away … Continue reading

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Studying the ABC’s

“Better you than me,” the Tesco customer service agent quipped with a chuckle as she rang up my groceries after asking what I am studying in school.  I laughed and promised that my studies toward a Master’s in philosophy of … Continue reading

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Seeking integration toward the truth

Moving to a new place to begin a new stage of life is such an interesting experience because it requires asking important fundamental questions about oneself and arriving at practical answers: how am I going to live? What kind of … Continue reading

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Home / Abroad

In the Middle Ages, Ireland floated at the periphery of the known world, and the island’s medieval history is occasionally mischaracterized as remote and isolated. I remember a time when I held misconceptions that were similar, in an abstract sense, during … Continue reading

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An Island for Reflection

In Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone, he laments what he perceives as a collapse in participation in civic life as a consequence of a lack of involvement in meaningful, community building interactions. In today’s politically charged climate, it is not hard to … Continue reading

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A Galway Thing

“It shook me to the core,” she said, her voice shaking, “that what happened to hear could easily have been me.” Jenny, an organizer for Galway Pro-Choice, spoke of the story of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian-Irish dentist who died in … Continue reading

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