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Teaċ Daṁsa: Mám, Myth, and Legend

1. Mám: Mountain pass. Mám Trasna fadó, The Old Pass. 2. Mám: Yoke. Faoi mhám an pheaca, under the yoke of sin. 2. Lit: Obligation, duty, function. 3. Mám: Handful. ~ mhilseán, of sweets. Scaipeann sé ina mhámanna é, he … Continue reading

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Taste buds & Trinity

As a rule, I am very bad at predicting difficult things. Do not ask me to measure pasta or whether you will need a jacket. It’s only my luck that the one time I got a prediction right, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Counties You Can Count On

Since arriving in Ireland in August, I have been consistently blown away by the island’s breathtaking beauty, especially as I have come to discover that said beauty is itself anything but consistent. They might call Ireland “the Emerald Isle,” but … Continue reading

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Seeing and not seeing

Damp from the perennial Irish drizzle and out of breath after running to compensate for the inevitable delays of Dublin public transport, I reached Number 11 Parnell Square East, a Georgian brick building that hosts a variety of cultural events, … Continue reading

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Coffee, Companionship, and a Castle: Life at Maynooth

“We’ll just stop here,” I suggested to my father after walking through downtown Maynooth for the first time after an eleven-hour flight from California during move-in. We were unfamiliar with the town (or country), but the distinct, bright orange columns … Continue reading

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Bread and Roses

When a local finds out you’re new to Derry, one of the first questions they ask is whether you’ve been to one of two pubs: Peadar O’Donnell’s or Sandino’s. As it happens, this post is about one of the most … Continue reading

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A New (Circadian) Rhythm

In contrast to the neo-gothic architecture found in UCC’s picturesque main quadrangle, the Glucksman stands on the lower campus grounds as a sleek, modern building composed of simple geometric shapes and glass floor-to-ceiling windows. Walking through the elegant gallery—which I … Continue reading

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“I’ve a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas Anymore”

I grew up on the prairie. Not only grew up on, besides a summer interlude living in the high desert and mountains of Northern New Mexico, I have only ever lived on flat expanses of grass in the heartland of … Continue reading

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Food for Thought

It is often said that food is one of the best parts of traveling to new places. In this summer following graduation, I gazed wistfully at my Instagram, as many of my friends and acquaintances from Yale traipsed around the … Continue reading

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From Class Discussion to Pub Conversation: Learning Through Human Connection

An expectant crowd of students, academics, and miscellaneous community members filtered into a stately wood-paneled hall at Queen’s University Belfast. We had all gathered on the brisk Tuesday night to hear renowned anti-Apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele deliver the annual Mitchell … Continue reading

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A Shift in Perspective

This past May, I graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, so it should make sense to the average reader why I am now doing my M.Sc. in Ireland in International Public Policy and Diplomacy, having never … Continue reading

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First Impressions

         On my first day in Belfast, I learned that even when the weather app says it won’t rain, it will. On my second day in Belfast, I learned to always carry an umbrella. You may be wondering why I … Continue reading

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