Tag Archives: ireland

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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Growing Up in an Irish Dancing Household

Growing up in an Irish dancing household means that St. Patrick’s Day is a. big. deal.  It’s the Superbowl of the Olympics of the Oscars of the ChristmaHannuKwanzukah of every other big deal day you’ve ever celebrated. It’s not for … Continue reading

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Waking The Nation/ #wakingthefeminists

Approximately one year ago, I was in Brooklyn speaking over Skype with Serena Wilson and Trina Vargo as a semi-finalist for the Mitchell Scholarship before dashing off to the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School to work with a group of female … Continue reading

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“Our pioneers keep striking, inwards and downwards:” Poetry in Northern Ireland

The first thing that drew me to Belfast was poetry. After spending a year poring through the verse of Northern Ireland’s poets, I wanted too to live “in Belfast between the mountain and the gantries/To the hooting of lost sirens … Continue reading

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Getting Distance on Galway

It seems hard to believe that the first semester is already over and that we’re all about to stumble into a new year here in Ireland. Currently, I’m officially in exam period, writing final papers and tying up the odds … Continue reading

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A Picture-Perfect White-Washed Red-Trimmed Cottage

I’m looking back at my year in Ireland from a distance of four months and more than 4,000 miles. My friends from the master’s program at NUIG finally celebrated our graduation at the end of November, an event I could … 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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Out with the Old, In with the New?

Today marks my two-month anniversary in Ireland. I arrived in September, dragging my disheveled way down O’Connell Street, shoulders straining under the three suitcases still stained with dust acquired somewhere between the African Sahel and the Eastern seaboard of the … Continue reading

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Star-Struck in Belfast

It’s not everyday that you meet a celebrity. But for me, it happens nearly every Thursday in my MFA in Photography course. Continue reading

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Dispatches from Oireachtas na Gaeilge

I recently spent a weekend at the Oireachtas na Gaeilge in Letterkenny in County Donegal. I didn’t really have a choice. For months now, everyone around me has been talking about the Oireachtas. I had heard a lot about it, … Continue reading

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First Impressions

It’s now a bit more than a month and a half since I set foot in Ireland, and what a roller-coaster ride so far. With multiple trips outside the country, a part-time job with an organization in DC, a local … Continue reading

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Cooking up a Gaelic Storm

Irish culinary traditions can make us feel like we’re home, no matter where in the world we may be. Continue reading

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