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Impressions of Western Ireland Compared to Dublin

June 27, 2014Eimear Clowry

Diego Valenzuela, Phoenix, Arizona ~ Dublin Summer Program 2014

Reflecting on my experiences in Dublin and in the West of Ireland, thus far, I cannot identify one, defining difference between the two regions. Rather, a plethora of aspects such as the verdant, rolling hills and immense valleys contrast with the asphalt and concreteness of Dublin. A stress-free place, County Kerry has given me the opportunity to meditate and admire the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean, an appealing sight for a man from Phoenix, Arizona. The refreshing Co. Kerry air has been a pleasant surprise, and it is akin to what one would find in a place like Colorado: pure, cool, and calming. Additionally, I was caught off guard by the friendliness of the Western Irish as I was welcomed to play basketball and was bestowed a trophy for simply participating, a kind and generous gesture. Thus, I believe that the entire culture and mindset of the Dubliners and of the Western Irish is what differentiates both societies. Overall, I have been truly fortunate to be welcomed to Ireland, and I have enjoyed experiencing both the modern and traditional lifestyles of Dublin and Co. Kerry, respectively. Read More

Recipe of week

June 20, 2014Eimear Clowry

TRADITIONAL IRISH SCONES

Ingredients
1 3/4 cups (about 8 ounces) all-purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar, plus additional for sprinkling over tops

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons (2 ounces) cold butter cut into pieces

1/3 cup raisins

1/2 cup whole milk

1 large egg, plus additional beaten egg for brushing over tops Read More

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? Read More

Impressions of Ireland - Kristen Odland

June 13, 2014Eimear Clowry

When I pictured Ireland previous to actually viewing it, I envisaged rolling green hills winding through a countryside dotted with small farmhouses. Yet, in Dublin I pictured a fully modern city. When I imagined Dublin, I thought there would be rows of tall skyscrapers and mainly modern buildings. I was shocked to see the street names in the native language, as well as hear them announced in the Irish language on the bus every day. Read More

Impressions of Ireland - Chris Gutierrez

June 13, 2014Eimear Clowry

I find it difficult to locate the words to describe my experience of the city of Belfast. Unsettling, harrowing, unnerving, and depressing all come to mind as descriptors of my feelings during our trip to Belfast, but I don’t feel they do justice to the surreal experience of walking through the city. The stories of Peter Maguire were unbelievable. Hearing about the terrible acts of violence committed by both sides of the troubles made me feel very pessimistic about the human race. The idea of murder gangs patrolling the streets and the gates on certain streets being closed at night were shocking. Before we even began to hear the stories and see the gates, I felt a certain degree of discomfort; I got a very uneasy feeling about the area we were traveling in. The streets seemed unusually quiet and devoid of life, yet I certainly felt a vibe of danger and anger boiling beneath the surface. Belfast made me nervous because you could feel the tension in the city; more importantly, you could feel that the conflict was still alive. Peter talked about his experiences and he would belong to the same generation as my parents. It is frightening to think how little removed we are from the horrors of murder gangs, street burnings, and bombings in Belfast. The violence and the wounds of the troubles seem to still sting. Read More

Impressions of Ireland - Ian Dwyer

June 13, 2014Eimear Clowry

Coming to Ireland, I had no real conscious preconceptions of what the country and culture was like, or what to expect. I have travelled to different countries many times before, and have always found that it is best to travel without preconceptions. However, my first week in Ireland has already revealed subconscious preconceptions which I had of the country, its people, and its culture, many of which were incorrect. While I knew that many global corporations had their headquarters in Ireland, this knowledge was likely overpowered by the various romantic portrayals of Ireland I have seen in movies. These films paint the country as a place of endless beautiful green hills, and little else. They leave out the fact that Ireland is also a fully modern country.
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IRISH INTERNSHIPS

June 13, 2014Eimear Clowry

The ND/Navy game in Dublin in 2012 gave a massive adrenaline boost to ND’s profile in Ireland. It gave us unprecedented opportunities to place our students in prestigious internships. The time was ripe now to broaden the internship opportunities into the business/technology space, into research-intensive individual projects and issues concerning Catholicism, Education and Social Concerns – all pivotal areas of strength for ND. After the game, we made a concerted effort to boost the number of our Irish-based internships from six to fifty . With support from generous partners inside and outside the university, we reached 26 internships in Summer 2013 and in 2014 this has soared to 46 – by far our highest ever total. We are constantly reminded of the international power of the ND brand: no-one that we have approached in Ireland has said ‘No’ to us. We are proud that this year we have achieved what we set out to do- which is to create a full-spectrum engagement with Irish society, and to create opportunities for the most diverse possible range of ND students drawn from every major. Amazingly, we discovered that even though we created a great new slate of opportunities, we still turned away strong candidates – we had over two hundred applications to do internships in Ireland this summer. These internships are generating a whole new set of contacts and opportunities for ND, and we are delighted to be able to deepen the strong links between Ireland and the USA Read More