East and West: Notre Dame in Ireland

Author: Staff

A door to a brick building with a set of steps leading up to it. A fence and bicycle are seen to the right of the door.
The entrance to the O’Connell House on Merrion Square with its trademark blue door. Photo by Barbara Johnston.

For a University with Ireland in its DNA, a presence on the Emerald Isle is only natural. But Notre Dame doesn’t just have a presence in Ireland; it has a relationship with it.

East and West: Notre Dame in Ireland provides a look at how the University is making an impact in Dublin and in the western parts of the country. In the lead photo essay for the series, Andy Fuller writes: “Between Dublin and Kylemore, Notre Dame is able to offer a singular breadth of experience on the Emerald Isle that redefines the traditional meaning of a study abroad program to include cultural fluency, a way of understanding another way of life that leads to global thinking and global citizenship.”

The series includes podcasts and photo essays on such topics as:

  • Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in the Connemara region that is now also the home of Notre Dame’s Kylemore Abbey Global Centre. Students and scholars from every academic discipline come to Kylemore for the space they need to focus on their work and experience the cultural heart of Ireland.
  • How Notre Dame students are working on environmental issues in Ireland, specifically the protection of Ireland’s bogs, in line with the University’s effort to care for our common home.
  • Notre Dame students’ cultural immersion during their time in Ireland. While students work hard at their studies, the holistic experience includes engagements with culture and recreation, as well as plenty of opportunities for good craic (pronounced “crack” and roughly translating to “fun” in Irish).

A full list of the podcasts and photo essays, both published and forthcoming, may be viewed at stories.nd.edu

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Originally published on Notre Dame Stories. Editing by Gráinne McEvoy, Nanovic Institute, April 20, 2023.