A Naughton Fellowship Scholar's experience in Galway

Author: Zoe Langsdale

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Glass at the Cliffs of Moher during her semester abroad in Galway

Mary Glass ‘20 received a Naughton Fellowship Award to pursue an MSc in clinical neuroscience at the National University of Ireland, Galway for the 2020-2021 academic year. Despite living and studying in Galway, Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic, Glass has found ways to enjoy the city and the surrounding countryside while studying.

She is no stranger to the City of the Tribes, having lived in Galway twice before: once as part of a study abroad program in Fall 2018 while an undergraduate student at Notre Dame, and again for a summer internship at the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia at NUI, Galway. Glass fell in love with Galway during her semester abroad and called it “charming, quaint, and authentically Irish."

Galway’s location on Ireland’s West Coast positions it in close proximity to many incredibly beautiful landscapes, such as Connemara and the Cliffs of Moher. She knew as soon as she left that she had to come back.

Glass has been recording her stories and experiences over the last few months in a blog, from trips to islands in Connemara to walks in the woods leading to castles to the Christmas holidays to simply navigating independent life in a foreign country in a pandemic.

Read more about her time abroad in Galway through her blog “A Year in Galway."

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Omey Island in Connemara