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Miles of Irish Smiles by Tatum Snyder

July 18, 2014Eimear Clowry

Last summer I journeyed to Dublin to study for six weeks with the Dublin Summer Program. Before crossing the sea, I had little to no knowledge of Ireland’s impressive history and culture aside from leprechauns, St. Patrick, and clovers. Thanks to Professors Kevin Whelan and PJ Matthews, I did not remain naïve for long. My fellow Domers and I absorbed lectures in O’Connell House, on the hexagonal columns of Giants Causeway, and during lengthy “walks” up mountains, through fields, and across rivers. These adventures lead to life-changing friendships and a new found appreciation for positive attitudes and determined minds. Read More

A Kilkenny Reflection by Marisa Rieber

July 18, 2014Eimear Clowry

This past weekend the interns went on our final program trip to Co. Kilkenny. Our first stop was at the Coolcullen Stud Farm, owned by Jim Bolger. Here we toured the stables and met Trading Leather, winner of the 2013 Irish Derby. The visit was extremely interesting and informative, especially since most interns knew very little about the horse racing industry in Ireland. In fact, the world of horse racing contributes 2 million euros to the Irish economy! Read More

Learning through the soles of our feet

July 11, 2014Eimear Clowry

Each new crop of Notre Dame students appear the same when they first arrive in Dublin airport. Beyond the consistently impressive variation of ND apparel and even more consistently impressive perfect smiles, there is always a tangible current of trepidation, excitement, and curiosity unique to the student abroad that marks them out from the hordes of tourists and travellers milling around the airport. Despite having travelled thousands of miles, for many the first time overseas, Notre Dame students are keen to take in all they can about Dublin and Ireland from the outset. Dubious jokes from certain staff members about being ‘born and bred and buttered’ in Dublin, or even more dubious claims from others that they have never missed a penalty in their lives, are not met with the (usual, correct) response of derision and mocking, but rather with the earnest, well-meaning stares most commonly seen in anthropologists observing the social rituals of undiscovered tribes in the Amazon Basin. Irish culture, so heavily synthesised and embraced in American culture, is made suddenly at once more real and more alien when it is experienced in Ireland. Our guiding principle here at O’Connell House is to expose and exhibit real Ireland, all of Ireland, to our students, and to make them feel that they have truly lived here, and not just spent a semester. The only way to do this is through what the official course description calls ‘cultural enrichment’, what O’Connell House calls ‘learning through the soles of your feet’, and what students call ‘trespassing’. Read More

Recipe of the Week: Colcannon

July 11, 2014Eimear Clowry

Recipe of the Week: Colcannon

Ingredients:
• 1kg potatoes, peeled
• 250g curly kale, well washed and finely sliced
• (Savoy cabbage if curly kale is unavailable)
• 100ml milk
• 100g butter
• salt & freshly ground black pepper
• Scallions, finely chopped (on top)

To Cook:
Cook potatoes in a covered pan of boiling salted water for 15-20 minutes until tender.
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Surf’s Up in Donegal By Maura Kelly

July 11, 2014Eimear Clowry

This past weekend, a rowdy group of ten Domers took to the North West county of Donegal to take in the sights and, unexpectedly, to…wait for it… surf in the Atlantic.

By some stroke of genius, we decided to take the midnight bus from Dublin to Donegal – a ride filled with the sweet scents of some poor lad’s twelve regurgitated pints, and the musical accompaniment of an unnecessary television monitor rattling like an aggravated grizzly in a cage for four hours straight. We arrived just past sunrise, walked through the middle of nowhere to our lovely hostel, and actually got some sleep (a true rarity!) On Saturday morning, we awoke refreshed yet smelly, and got on a tiny bus with an incomprehensible Donegal-accented tour guide named Fergus. Fergus took us to see the Slieve League cliffs, the sheer magnitude and undisturbed nature of which made the Cliffs of Moher look an anthill covered in fanny pack- and iPad-laden tourist ants. These cliffs (three times the height of Moher) were absolutely unreal. I’ve never been happier than I was at the top, hair snarling in the wind, eyes and nose running like a five year old with a sinus infection, selfie stick in hand to capture the magic. Read More

Irish Economy and its Agricultural Sector - Patrick DeJong

July 04, 2014Eimear Clowry

Initially, I was in awe of the amount of gorgeous farmland that has an immense potential to feed extensive farms of livestock, yet it was split into tiny squares with either trees or stonewalls surrounding them. In researching the reason why the fields remain divided, I was stunned to find that the Irish were not relatively interested in consolidating their pastures, as they do not want to industrialize the countryside or take land away from families who have farmed the hectares for years. While it would be difficult to persuade the proud Irish, the agricultural industry in Ireland seems to be overshadowed and almost forgotten in the wake of the new technologies arisen from the IT and pharmaceutical sectors. Without the acceptance of large-scale farming, agriculture in Ireland will remain a negligible fraction of the Irish economy and may never reach its maximum ability. Read More