The Girls are now half way through with their summer abroad in Dublin. They have been exploring the entire country of Ireland, taking in the culture, trying new foods and seeing historical buildings in the country. Here are the first 3 Gaelic Girl’s views and experiences of Ireland so far!
Maryland Gaelic Girl: Kaitlin Carroll
When I came to Ireland, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to handle the rainy weather and different accents, but so far I have enjoyed working for my Irish Tourism Company and exploring all of Ireland’s gems.
In addition to that, the weather has been delightful! What’s not to like? I love the city atmosphere, travelling on day tours, and interacting with the people in this different culture. In fact, this past weekend I attended a hurling match, which happened to be Dublin’s first win since 1961! Guess I am a good luck charm!
I have also enjoyed going to the pubs and enjoying the traditional Irish music. In the four weeks left, I am looking forward to our final day trip to Giant’s Causeway and the River dance concert we are to attend, as well as exploring Dublin, where I live. I am lucky to have had this experience and would definitely come back!
Illinois Gaelic Girl: Kelly Ricketts
My time in Ireland so far has been most enjoyable! I have settled into my internship with an organization for Irish writers and I am both enjoying myself and learning a lot – some of which I will be able to use in the English classes I teach back home.
In terms of travel and experiencing the Irish culture, I feel as though everything I do is the coolest thing ever! Two weekends ago – our weekend on the west coast was filled with some amazing sightseeing and experiences: Kylemore Abbey, the Cliffs of Moher, Burren, and the countryside. All of it was breathtaking!
This past weekend I wandered around Dublin where I never seem to go out without finding some new and interesting thing to see and do. Visiting the Kilmainham Gaol was certainly historical, haunting, and humbling all at the same time.
Next week I will start an Irish dance class, which was high on my list before I even left for Ireland. Needless to say, I am very excited about that experience! We have only three and a half weeks left here in Ireland, I’m anxious to fill it with as much fun, adventure, and learning as possible.
Pennsylvania Gaelic Girl: Victoria Wain
When I came to Ireland, I expected to see green fields and sheep all over the place. To my surprise Dublin was just like any other city, very touristy and had different people and cultures to learn about all over!
I wouldn’t say that I am in love with the weather but the Heat Waves that Ireland has seen twice this summer has been a really nice surprise. It hasn’t really rained much and getting sunburnt might be one of the highlights of my trip! (Just kidding, Kylemore Abbey was by far my favorite!)
Being able to interview Traditional Irish Musicians, and people in the Fashion industry has been quite the experience. I have learned so many new things from the people of Ireland!
I am looking forward to the next 3 and half weeks that I have left here in Ireland. The Guinness Storehouse and River Dance are on my list of things to do before I leave this amazing country. I have a feeling that when August 3rd comes around I won’t want to go home!