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Silence is Requested

With just a month left to go in my fall term at Trinity, I realized I’d missed an entire library at Trinity. I do not know what I had previously figured was the source of the “B” in BLU Complex, … Continue reading

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Becoming Fluent: Looking Back on Our First Semester

My third day in Ireland, in a jet-lagged, sleep-deprived haze, I approached the clerk at the Ballymun Ikea, where I was sojourning to stock up on kitchen supplies and throw pillows.  “Is there somewhere I can find a shopping cart?,” … Continue reading

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Lived In

To celebrate finishing my first set of final exams in Ireland, my suite-mate, a Co. Kildare native, took me to a local favorite, the Red Torch Ginger Maynooth, a stylish cocktail bar. While walking over from North campus at around … Continue reading

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Dublin Port: An Odyssey

Every so often I make an effort to take a walk to a Dublin neighborhood that lies outside the limits of my normal daily route straight through Dublin city center. On this particular day, I had decided to venture off … Continue reading

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When Words Escape Us, Places Stay With Us

Winter vacation lasts a long time at Trinity. Returning to Dublin today, I spent the last month away from campus after finishing up final term papers in mid-December. While I’ve used that time to recharge following a busy term of … Continue reading

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A Genealogy of Dance

5… 6… 7… 8…  The eight beat restarts, and the dancer begins to rhymically beat the floor, creating percussive rhythms out of the careful battering of toes and heels against the stage.  Their accent might be on the on-beat, they … Continue reading

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Solvitur ambulando

When asked about the principle that guides the groundbreaking ecumenical peacebuilding that defines her career, Reverend Karen Sethruaman replied without hesitation: “solvitur ambulando.” As I recalled from my afternoons tediously translating Caesar in high school, and as Rev. Karen confirmed, … Continue reading

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A Trip up North

Shortly before the start of the spring semester, I welcomed my first visitor to Ireland. My friend—who is half Irish!—studies civil conflict and political psychology, so she was keen to visit Northern Ireland and learn more about the Troubles, the … Continue reading

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On Fahrenheit and Family Leave

I often tell people, both those who love me back home and the friends I’ve made in Ireland that I’ve been homesick this entire time—but that I’m not too sad about it. I was lucky to go back to the states … Continue reading

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An Ode to the Pub Society

Shortly after my arrival to UCC in September, I quickly came to discover the unique challenges faced by international graduate students in that most-important task of life: making friends. Having come directly from an undergraduate life where I felt thoroughly … Continue reading

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My Lovely Wee* House

I don’t like to think of myself as a New Yorker – I only lived there for five years – but when I arrived in Derry, I quickly realized just how many of those New Yorker instincts had stuck. A … Continue reading

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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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