Reflection

I can’t believe that the semester is over; these last few weeks have really flown by. If I could, I would fly back to Ireland in a heartbeat.  Studying abroad has been one of the best experiences of my life and I left part of my heart in the Emerald Island. Reflecting on my time…

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The Home Stretch

It’s getting to be that time of year when finals are fast approaching and paper deadlines are sneaking up. This semester has really flown by and I can’t believe that I will be leaving Ireland in a month. In this post, I really want to talk about the Irish educational system because it is much…

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Loch Ness

I am currently on Easter Break! For the first half of the break some friends and I travelled to Scotland.  The best part of the holiday was the day we took a bus ride through the Highlands to Loch Ness.  Scotland is such a beautiful country full of glens (valleys), lochs (lakes), and bens (mountains). The…

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London Calling

It has been my dream to visit London ever since I was little. This weekend I achieved that dream. Trying to experience London in 48 hours was a daunting task. To help see everything possible, my friend and I booked tickets for a hop-on hop-off double decker bus tour. The tour was great because it…

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Paddy’s Weekend

I never thought that I would be able to spend St. Paddy’s Day in Ireland.  Dublin goes above and beyond to celebrate the holiday.  There are parades, music sessions, and plenty of drinks and merriment.  I had a great night with friends!  The weekend was made even better by the arrival of my family.  They…

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Howth

I cannot believe that I have been in Ireland for 6 weeks! Where has the time gone?  Learning more about the Irish culture, meeting family, and making new friends has made this an incredible experience so far.  Classes are starting to pick up and are really interesting.  While in Ireland, I have also been able…

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Newgrange

This past week I was lucky enough to be able to go on a class trip to an archaeological sites called Newgrange. This site is located in the Boyne Valley and provides a wealth of archaeological evidence for burial practices during the Neolithic Period in Ireland. We are talking around 3,000 B.C.!! The tombs at Newgrange…

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The Emerald Isle

These first two weeks have flown by! The first few days definitely took some getting used to, but everyone in Ireland has been really nice and friendly. During the first week, I took the bus to Dublin. It was much different from what I thought it was going to be.  Yes it’s a bustling city, but…

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Céad Míle Fáilte – Maynooth Pre-Study Abroad Post

Céad Míle Fáilte, that’s Irish for “a hundred thousand welcomes” Hi! I’m Brianna Cooney and I am a double major in International Business and Art History. In just a few short days I am heading off to spend my semester in Maynooth, Ireland! Studying abroad is an exciting time, however I am still unsure about…

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