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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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Vintage and Thrift Shopping Across Ireland

For as long as I can remember, I have viewed thrift and vintage shops as palaces of exploration. A place where your outfit choices are not limited by season, color, texture, age, gender, or era, and your creativity can simply … Continue reading

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Playing

I’ve really enjoyed reflecting on my time on this island through the birds I’ve seen, so I’ll continue the theme of my last blog. Since I’ve been back, I’ve seen more birds! Some of them have been during travels. Black-headed … Continue reading

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Piece of the Shannon

Things are starting to get quiet. Classes are winding down, more and more of my days is spent in solitude reading and writing. I’ve taken some trips — Dublin, Sligo, Belfast, Cork — but these are few and far between. … Continue reading

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I love my friends

Mostly what I do in Ireland is stay up until 2 a.m. playing board games with my flatmates. I met Ellen, who lives four doors down from me, and Ben, who lives one floor below, on my first day in … Continue reading

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Belfast through murals

Belfast graffiti is famous for a reason. Depending on where you go in the sprawling red-brick-house city, you’ll get a different set of opinions. In city center, you’re likely to see colorful, de-politicized murals painted by artists hired by the … Continue reading

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Changed My Mind

Tourism Ireland’s global campaign is entitled “Fill Your Heart with Ireland.” According to the press releases, TI invited “a real married couple from Sweden” and took them around Ireland while covertly monitoring their heartrates. The sites provoking the strongest cardiac … Continue reading

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Dublin, Blue & Yellow

I first sent an email to the Russian embassy in Dublin two months ago. I’ve always wanted to visit Russia, and in January, it seemed like the perfect time to start planning a trip. Obviously, things are a bit different … Continue reading

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A Trip with Irish Friends

Edinburgh has been on my bucket list of Mitchell-year travel destinations for a while, and I realized a few weeks ago that a three-day gap I had during the first week of UCD’s spring break would be the perfect opportunity … Continue reading

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Exploring the role of sport in historic Irish identity and modern community life

This month I started work on my master’s thesis. I am studying the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and its impact on towns in Ireland. Specifically, I’m looking at the degree to which non-Irish immigrants find that GAA clubs increase their … Continue reading

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Irish Theater and the Recurring Theme of Identity

Too often I have found myself too occupied with my own coursework or social advocacy that I’ve been unable to fully explore the arts, creating an experience throughout my high school and undergraduate tenures that seemed to be all-encompassed by … Continue reading

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Hey Joy! Who are you?

Happy 2022 to everyone! The end of 2021 was absolutely revolutionary for me as a student as well as in my artistry. On November 8, I started classes in my MFA program at the Lir, and we really hit the … Continue reading

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