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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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The Global Reach of Irish Universities

Montreal, Canada may not be the first place one thinks to look at the US-Ireland Trans-Atlantic relationship. For me, competing alongside four Irish peers representing an Irish university at a Canadian Competition helped me better appreciate the realities of the US-Ireland connection. Continue reading

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Where’s the Craic? Cork

For those considering a visit to Ireland or applying to the Mitchell Scholarship, keep Cork in mind. For me, Cork has been a great place to live, learn, and make memories. Continue reading

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Wasting Less, Feeding More

It was 3 a.m. and -4 degrees Celsius in Dublin’s Wolfe Tone Park. I was in a tent huddled with several young Dubliners. Like me, these young people were fired up about an issue that grips Ireland, the US, and … Continue reading

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Ordinary Days and Extraordinary People

It seems fitting to write this blog post about the people who turn ordinary days into ones filled with  adventure and endless laughter. I know that it might seem clichéd to say I feel I’ve known my friends in Derry/Londonderry … Continue reading

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From Egg Shaker to Guitar

When I told people I was moving to Ireland, more often than not they would respond with, “Enjoy those pub music sessions!” I would give a wise nod, knowing U2, Riverdance and Flogging Molly formed the bedrock of the Irish … 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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Human Rights Day in Belfast

Over the years, one of my academic and activist passions has been the issue of capital punishment and the question of human rights for incarcerated persons. This interest has led me to a series of heartbreaking and fascinating events, organizations, … 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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Discovering Brú na Bóinne

The couple of months since my last post have allowed me to find a bit more time to settle into Dublin, and though the pace and stress of my academic work has picked up significantly, Ireland has proved to provide … Continue reading

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Importing Your Comfort Zone

Living in Europe, I’ve become increasingly aware of the numerous varieties of theme-based tourism this continent seems to invite. A prominent specialty of Ireland, for instance, is heritage tourism, in which visitors pilgrimage to, say, the former cottage of their … 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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