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Ireland Officially Declared as the 51st US State – Policy Action May Follow

University College Dublin Glenomena Student Residences, Belfield, Dublin 04. 1 November, 2022. To begin with breaking news, Ireland was officially declared as the 51st U.S. State last week by an expert. My last cab driver Brendan, an expert Dublin taxi … Continue reading

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New beginnings

Expectation differs from reality but those expectations have to come from somewhere, right? Countless people, from friends and family, to former Mitchells and Irish accented strangers in New York, defined those expectations of my first few months in Dublin. Here … Continue reading

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Life as a Galway Girl (I couldn’t help myself!)

Greetings from the wild west!! Galway is a magically little medieval city and I feel so lucky to live here. My life in Ireland has been full of so much adventure and beauty thus far. Here are some of the … Continue reading

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Dracula in Dublin!

When I travel, I love reading books that have roots in the place I’m visiting. It livens up the experience of the book, and I feel like I can hear little echos of the story in the new streets I … Continue reading

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Blackrock at Dawn

By Ali Watkins It was around 8 a.m. the first time I stepped off the ledge at Blackrock. I had anticipated the adventure for days, and it took me seconds to regret it entirely. The water slammed into my chest … Continue reading

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Taking on the Frederick Douglass year

I turned 22 the day before I left for Belfast. Having gone to a college in the same town that I grew up in and ending undergrad tumultuously, I looked forward to my year in Belfast as a chance to … Continue reading

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The Rocky Road to Belfast

… From there I got away my spirits never failin’Landed on the quay as the ship was sailin’Captain at me roared, said that no room had heWhen I jumped aboard, a cabin found for PaddyDown among the pigs, I played … Continue reading

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First Months in Dublin

It has been such a wonderfully eventful time in Dublin so far – to be able to return as a full-time student to the city I have grown to love over the years as my third home has been so … Continue reading

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Musings of a Mediocre Mountaineer

On Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the Queen’s University gym, you can find rock climbers hard at work on a two-story climbing wall, rappelling down and then clambering back up to the top again and again with skillful ease. And … Continue reading

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An Irish Nature Autumn

Upon arriving in Dublin, I wandered into a bookstore in St. Stephen’s Green and picked up a copy of An Irish Nature Year by Jane Powers—a book that took me on scavenger hunts across the island’s cliffs, fields, forests, and … Continue reading

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Learning, day by day

“It feels like a fever dream,” Fares said, as we walked up to the first floor and entered the flat. Of course, I knew just what he meant: I wholeheartedly agreed. In two months here in Dublin, I have carefully … Continue reading

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1 Year = 365 Opportunities

Moving to Dublin this past September wasn’t only my first time moving outside of the U.S., it was also my first visit to Ireland. Although exciting, learning to navigate a new city and country is certainly challenging. Thankfully I have … Continue reading

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