Theatre seems to play a paramount role in Galway’s arts scene.  The world-famous Druid Theatre lies right off of Quay Street (boasting of the first woman director, Garry Hynes, to receive a Tony in 1998) among many other. NUIG boasts of three student-run theatre groups outside of the department, one of these being the Gaeilge-language troupe, A Cumann Drámaíochta OÉG. Feeling unmoored without the press release deadlines and photo shoots of my home school’s theatre, I’ve been lucky enough to do a smidgen of PR work for An Cumann…

On the Gaeilge classes’ trip to Carna, one doesn’t only have the chance to witness the rare art  of sean nós dancing and singing, but also to participate too under the tutelage of both the Devane and Joyce brothers–the latter including All-Ireland Fleadh cheoil winner, John.  Now’s your chance to learn a few steps! Molly H. is the Spring 2017 MOJO Blogger in Galway, Ireland. She is currently a Junior studying International Studies at Covenant College.

“In Dublin’s fair city/where the girls are so pretty/I once met a girl named sweet Molly Malone/ and she wheeled her wheel barrow/ through the streets broad and narrow/singing cockles and mussles alive, alive, oh.” –Molly Malone, Trad. Folk Song In first few days of March, our CEA group made it’s way to get a taste of Ireland’s buzzing capital for a few days. After walking past landmarks like the General Post Office that hosted the 1916 Easter Rising against Britain,the Millennium Spire, an intrusive metal 390 foot spike prodding the skyline,…

My friends and I made a fun video of some of our adventures throughout the week she came to visit for Spring Break. See what we were up to and see the beautiful highlights of Madrid! Gracie D. is the Spring 2017 MOJO blogger in Madrid, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying integrated marketing communications at the University of Mississippi.

“Give up Paris. You will learn nothing by reading Racine. Go to the Aran Islands.”—W.B. Yeats The vista from Dún Aonghasa, Inishmore just may rival the Cliffs of Moher in terms of raw grandeur. I’ve been lucky to hike up to the bronze age hillfort twice now, once in fog thick enough to think you’re a ghost and sleet cold enough to wish you were, and even then, the Dún did not disappoint. If anything, the capricious weather just made me revel in awe of the mad pack…

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“Is this the bus to Carna?” I asked the driver of the tiny bus parked by NUIGalway’s quadrangle. Your man, an elderly fella sporting a tweed cap and a sly smile, said something unintelligible in Gaeilge and nodded. Taking this as a yes, I slipped to a seat among 16 other Gaeilge students, enthusiastic and nervous about their first homestay in Connemara’s Gaeltacht. “Is this the bus to Carna?” another student queried. “Nah,” said the driver with his impish grin, “this is the bus to Galway.” Language barriers…

  Galway city, a vibrant, medieval-era port on the edge of Ireland’s rugged West coast and Connemara Gaeltacht (Gaeilge-speaking region). We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of the sights, sounds, and craic (“crack”)— good times—Galway has to offer, but here are some of the eccentricities, mysteries, and histories of a traveler’s first days across the pond:   Leave room for what you will bring back …and don’t pack your preconceptions—a difficult endeavor, if you’ve ached to see Éire since you exited the womb (as I have), but,…

“Why would you go to Athlone?” queried one of my Irish friends when I told her about my first weekend jaunt out of Galway city. Renowned for its annual Agricultural Festival and occasional “World’s Largest Root Vegetable” competition” and the Facebook page: “Is it raining in Athlone?,” the rural Midlands town (unbeknownst to me at the time) usually doesn’t scale the visitor’s day-trip list. However, Athlone has more to offer than first appears, even if several of the castles promised to me by Google were not readily accessible….