Trip to Sligo by Maire-Kate McGlynn

October 12, 2015Laura Conlon

Trip to Sligo by Maire-Kate McGlynn

On September 12, at 7:45 am, I joined forty-nine other bright-eyed Notre Dame students on a bus in Dublin, headed toward the west coast city of Sligo. We had only been in Dublin for a week and were looking forward to spending a weekend with fellow Notre Dame students – some we knew well from campus and others we would get to know well during our semester abroad together. Read More

Relfection on Lourdes

October 01, 2015Laura Conlon

By Rikki Koebler, Geoff Burdell and Susanna Floyd

During our second week in Ireland, Teach Bhríde Dublin had the amazing opportunity to join the Dublin Diocese on its annual pilgrimage to Lourdes. A group consisting of about 2,000 members, from sick pilgrims to helpers to chaplains and beyond, the pilgrimage is an incredible display of faith, compassion, and love in action. Below, members of House of Brigid share some highlights and significant moments that occurred during their Lourdes’ experience: Read More

2015 Hurling Finals by Therese Cushing

October 01, 2015Laura Conlon

2015 Hurling Finals by Therese Cushing

On September 6th, the staff at O’Connell House took all of the Notre Dame-UCD students to the GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final at Croke Park, an event we had been told was equivalent to the Super Bowl for Ireland. Most of us, myself included, were completely unfamiliar with hurling, so leading up to the match, I was looking forward to a fun afternoon with my friends in one of Dublin’s beautiful landmarks. It was indeed a fun afternoon, and Croke Park was magnificent, but our time at the Hurling Championship was also a unique cultural experience. Read More

Spotlight on an Intern: Claire Rembecki

July 09, 2015Laura Conlon

By Claire Rembecki

Describe your internship in one sentence:

Everyone should be jealous because it’s the best internship of them all. Wait no: It’s like telling stories with friends, except the stories are the most important happenings around the world, and my friends are caffeine and adrenaline-fuelled news junkies (read: rascals.) Read More

Dublin Summer Programme In The West

July 09, 2015Laura Conlon

By Owen Smith

The Dublin Summer Programme set out to the west coast on Sunday morning 28 June. With Ballyvaughan, in the Burren Co. Clare as the home base, the students and staff immersed themselves in a culture, landscape, and lifestyle much different than that of Dublin. Kevin Whelan, P.J. Matthews, and Leo McWilliams held their usual classes in Ballyvaughan, and the classes were complemented by daily field trips that allowed the students to experience the landscape, society, environment and culture of the west of Ireland. The balance between being in the dynamic city of Dublin and then being on the Atlantic coast allows the participants to have a fully rounded view of Ireland. Read More

Abbey Theatre Intern, Graham Pilotte, writes about Field Trip to The Abbey

June 23, 2015Laura Conlon

By Graham Pilotte

As the Abbey Theatre intern for this summer, sitting in the theatre was something I had grown used to. Seeing my friends from all over the city filling the red seats of the Abbey mainstage audience, though, was surreal. Many of these interns and summer program attendees had theatre experience; many others had none. But very few of us had ever seen “Shadow of a Gunman,” a classic Irish play and part of a three-part series by Sean O’Casey. The play explores universal themes of truth and honor through the Irish War of Independence. Watching the show in a group made for a truly unique experience, and one that was still sparking conversation days later. Read More

Reflective Weekend in Longford by Emily Fortner

June 22, 2015Laura Conlon

By Emily Fortner

The farther the bus pulls away from the city, the quicker glimpses of green flash past my window. The mood on the bus is tranquil, with tired yawns breaking out from behind covered mouths. No one is very certain as to what this day will bring, what memories will be made, or what adventures shared. Even though organized sports aren’t really my forte, I am excited to spend the day interacting with Irish children and learning more about the Longford community. Read More

Spotlight on an Intern: Bridget Galassini

June 22, 2015Laura Conlon

By Bridget Galassini

We caught up with Bridget, an intern at the Department of Foreign Affairs, and asked her a few questions about her experiences in Dublin thus far.

What does your internship entail?

Daily, I focus on the Reconciliation Fund, which includes doing projects or tasks that help fund organisations, mainly in Northern Ireland, that promote peacebuilding and anti-sectarianism there. I also am involved in Ireland 2016, which is a huge year-long commemoration project meant to reflect on Irish history, like the events of 1916, and on the various Irish traditions that shape the country today. Our section works on funding and coordinating events abroad for the commemoration. (One is the documentary, 1916 – The Irish Rebellion, that Notre Dame’s very own Keough-Naughton Institute is producing! It will be included in Ireland 2016 events in many cities!) Read More

2015 Naughton Fellowship Awardees Announced

May 08, 2015Eimear Clowry

Twenty-one winners of the Naughton Fellowships were announced today by the Graduate School. The research fellowships were awarded to undergraduate, Master’s, and Ph.D. students from Notre Dame and from Ireland. This year’s winners from Notre Dame represent three Notre Dame Colleges and Schools, including Arts and Letters, Engineering, and Science. Read More

22nd Yeats' Winter School by Emily Dauer

April 29, 2015Laura Conlon

By Emily Dauer

One weekend in late, drizzly January myself and the other members of Declan Kiberd’s Modern Irish Writing class (along with Declan himself) packed into a charter bus and headed across the country to the deep west of Sligo, Ireland to participate in the 22nd Annual Yeats Winter School. Armed with our textbook for the weekend (a small yet comprehensive compilation of W. B. Yeats’ poetry), notebooks, writing utensils, and the youngest minds at the school, we stepped off the bus at the Sligo Park Hotel and were immediately embraced in a bright, slightly eccentric whirlwind of Yeats enthusiasts and scholars from all over Ireland (if not the world). The weekend consisted of readings by and discussions with notable poets Paula Meehan and Theo Dorgan, conversations with other members of the school over generous amounts of tea and other more loquacious liquids, trips into the sloping town and the windy sea/countryside, and master lectures from the keynote speaker of the event—our Declan Kiberd himself. His deeply-considered and provocative insights on Yeats’ life and poetry were met with some surprisingly heated questions, which he answered with the artistic balance of thorough knowledge and sharp wit—a quality particular to those scholars not only trained as critics in the sphere of academia but as professors seasoned in the intellectual trenches of undergraduate classrooms. Read More