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Next Steps

While, in a few days, I will be returning to Ireland to work on my thesis, my time at the University of Limerick has effectively ended. However, I am struggling with thinking through my next steps. This is odd for … Continue reading

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coolest in irl

When I think of this year, I think of A bench in St. Stephen’s Green, swirling with gulls, inhaling Beanhive takeout Joy, exhilaration, and peace climbing back up the coast, framed by gorse and wild wind Late night drives through … Continue reading

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My Year of Becoming an Athlete and the Community I Found Instead

Before coming to Ireland, I knew I wanted to make 2021-2022 my year of becoming the athlete I had always envisioned myself to be. I’ve spent so many years focusing on my health through nutrition, that it was time to … Continue reading

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There Is No Bakeries

A few days before I returned from my Christmas holiday in America, the football team I play with lost 6-0 to a team called “Bakeries.” I know nothing meaningful about the neighborhoods east of Ravenhill, and therefore assumed one of … Continue reading

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What I love, [about Ireland].

These are the things I love about Ireland. The first is the nature. Green mounds of grass that run along cliffs overlooking bright blue bays. Forests with high trees and wide-open undergrowth. Beaches that you can spend hours on, finding … Continue reading

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Life in the Rooney-verse

These are some things I know now: How to time my weekly grocery trips to fit within the thirty-six-minute laundry cycle I do every Sunday. How often and where the DART runs, and which swim spots along its Southern route … Continue reading

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Go raibh maith agat

I recently missed my train to Mallow, running up to the gate just as it pulled away. Without a word, one of the gate attendants took my ticket, signed his name on the back, and told me I could board … Continue reading

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Snapshots of an amazing year

This year has gone by so fast. It feels like just yesterday I was standing by the rental car desks at terminal 1 of Dublin airport, waiting three hours for my bus to take me to UCD campus for the … Continue reading

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Slán For Now

I wrote in my first blog post that “Goodbye is so far off, but it already feels just about impossible.” That goodbye is now only a week and a half away, and I’m left wondering where the year has gone.  … Continue reading

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A Goodbye Trip

As my Mitchell year comes to a close and my classes end, I’ve had the opportunity to travel a bit more often throughout the island and to continue going to plays. From Galway, and Limerick to Cork, Blarney and Kinsale, … Continue reading

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iii. hope is the sea and the sun

for the first half of my Mitchell year, I worked really hard to find peace. during the second half, especially in the midst of unprecedented climate change, a global pandemic that our governments have decided to let vulnerable bear the … Continue reading

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…and I’m just getting started!

Joy here again! My MFA program has been very busy, yet incredibly fulfilling. We have just started Term 2 and the transition has been very helpful. In Term 1, we spent a lot of time focusing on text. We started … Continue reading

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