Impressions of Ireland

June 20, 2014Eimear Clowry

Camile Muth ~ 1916 Documentary Intern

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Coco Television. The 1916 Documentary. Easter Rising. What can I say? That the people we’re working with are each a combination of Mother Teresa’s kindness, Stephen Hawking’s genius, and Beyonce’s personability? That we, the 1916 interns, are guaranteed instant fame and fortune in whatever we do after college because our names will have been listed in the same credits as Liam Neeson’s? That we get Kit Kats and extra travel opportunities and even have a magical silver cylinder that turns milk into foam so soft and fluffy the Charmin toilet paper bears are out to steal it for their coffee?

Yes, the rumors are true: bears drink coffee. But the rest is true as well; the people we work with are so eager to help us learn and get the most out of our experience in Ireland that I think my mom is starting to get jealous. Each of the four of us went into this summer internship with a variety of backgrounds and expectations but somehow we’ve all been doing so many different jobs that we’ve ended up with a very well-rounded sense of what goes into such a massive production, from the menial details like researching hotels in India to watching the Director of Photography orchestrate the perfect lighting set-up. No one is unimportant – even us, the designated water-getters. Most importantly, there’s an enormous sense of hope that everyone seems to have for us, as if just getting the opportunity to work next to these professionals is its own kind of validation that we too can find success. Regardless of whether we end up pursuing careers in history or sociology or producing or filmmaking, the future seems like a much brighter one after working on the 1916 Documentary with Coco Television.

Maura Kelly & Rachel Broghammer ~ Connect Ireland Interns

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We have the wonderful opportunity to intern with ConnectIreland this summer in County Kilkenny, located approximately 9,000 sheep away from Dublin. ConnectIreland is a company that works with the Irish government to encourage foreign businesses to expand into Ireland. The companies are scouted by individuals registered as “connectors,” who then receive an award from ConnectIreland if their introduction creates Irish jobs (€1,500 each!) The goal is to create as many jobs in Ireland as possible, which is really rewarding and exciting work.

Our independent project with the company is to strengthen the alliance between Notre Dame and ConnectIreland. We are spreading our message to the Fighting Irish through various networks of alumni, students, Irish American print media, and campus events (like an ND Irish Festival!). YOU can register as a connector, make some ca$h mon€y, and help Irish families by visiting our page here: www.connectireland.com/notredame. Go Irish!

Molly Kenney ~ Intern with Dr. Gary O’Reilly at UCD

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I am working with Dr. Gary O’Reilly, professor of psychology at University College Dublin, this summer. Dr. O’Reilly is developing a computer game and smart phone application for Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT helps people identify the negative automatic thoughts that effect their feelings and behaviors, and helps them to learn methods of changing the way they think, which is more difficult for children. Thus, Dr. O’Reilly’s idea is to have his game assist the therapist and child through the process in order to keep the child engaged. I am helping Dr. O’Reilly with multiple aspects of his project.
Dr. O’Reilly would like to eventually make the game available to mental health professionals in the US, but the licenses are different than throughout Ireland and the UK. To ensure that the game is distributed to qualified professionals I am researching licensure requirements for mental health professionals on a state-by-state basis. Another part of his project, of expanding to the US involves editing the language used throughout the game. There are certain words and spellings that Irish children use that the US would not be familiar with, so I am reading through the dialogue of the game to edit for the American version. These are the two major aspects I have been focusing on for Dr. O’Reilly, but have been working on smaller projects such as focus groups, handouts, and the computer game audio, along the way. The past four weeks have been an incredible learning experience, and I am excited to engage even more as the game comes closer to completion!