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East and West: Notre Dame in Ireland

The University’s relationship with Ireland can be traced to its very founding, when seven Irish brothers and religious traveled with French priest Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., to South Bend in the cold Indiana November of 1842. A more formal presence was established in Ireland in 1998, buoyed by some name...
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Trailer: East and West: Notre Dame in Ireland

  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. In East and West: Notre Dame in Ireland, we take a look at how the University...
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Study abroad is "stronger than ever"

Ever since sending students home mid-semester in spring of 2020, Notre Dame’s study abroad team has been working to get students back into the program. Their efforts have been successful; upcoming study abroad numbers will exceed pre-pandemic enrollment. A total of 824 students studied abroad in the 2019-2020 academic school...
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Crossing the ocean: Cancer research on both sides of the Atlantic

When Sarah Nano decided to pursue a PhD and continue her studies in Bioengineering, she never expected to be not only traveling halfway across the United States to the University of Notre Dame to work with Professor Glen Niebur, but also across the Atlantic Ocean to the National University of...
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NDI features stories of women who empower in the world of sustainability

"Sustainability is a way of understanding the world, recognizing the role each one of us plays in it as a part of an interconnected and complex web of societies, economies, and ecosystems," says Sofía Del Valle, a 2019 master of global affairs graduate in the Keough School of Global Affairs…
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Three Questions with . . . Lisa Caulfield

Lisa Caulfield, Director of Notre Dame's Kylemore Abbey Global Centre, tells us how she and her team pivoted during the pandemic [Hint: one way was finding a global audience in virtual book clubs] and how they are re-opening.
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Honouring healthcare workers: Heroism & healing

Beginning in August, Irish Humanitarian, Sportsman, and Business Leader Alan Kerins will be launching "Healthcare Heroes' Retreats" with support from the Kirby Group. These retreats will offer frontline workers and their partners a free three-day retreat at The University of Notre Dame's Global Centre at Kylemore in Connemara, County Galway.…
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Engineering across the globe: Connection between Notre Dame and Galway

For many students, Galway is the city of the Tribes; the city with a vibrant nightlife and appreciation for Irish culture, art, music, and theatre. However, alongside the evident hustle and bustle of student and local life, an important world has been growing for the past decade—a world that is...
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A Naughton Fellowship Scholar's experience in Galway

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,...
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Women Who Empower: Lisa Caulfield

This story is part of Notre Dame International's series titled "Women Who Empower."   This story is part of Notre Dame International's series titled "Women Who Empower.…
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A Walk in God’s Green Garden

Originally published by Notre Dame Magazine In the wilds of western Ireland, Sister Máire Hickey, OSB, walks. Most every day. In her long, black habit. Through the dormant farmland of Kylemore Abbey. Though she sticks to the gravel pathways, the 82-year-old Benedictine nun is sometimes spattered by rain or whipped...
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A Semester, Interrupted: International Student Stories

As the pandemic first exploded in the United States in early spring, international students had to make a tough call: Should they find a way to stay on campus or return to their home countries to wait for the situation to resolve itself? The crisis intensified in many locations across...
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Writing in place

Betsy Cornwell lives in the West of Ireland and is a New York Times bestselling author. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Notre Dame and a B.A. from Smith College. Cornwell currently runs the Writing Retreat program at the Kylemore Abbey Global Centre, which is scheduled for August 7-9,...
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Reflections on the Poetry of Eavan Boland

Marie Doyle '21 offers her reflections on encountering the poetry of Eavan Boland (1944-2020) while studying abroad in Notre Dame's program at the National University of Ireland Galway and enrolled in the course "The West in the Irish Literary Imagination."  In addition to the importance of Boland's work in reflecting women's...
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Meet Jaime Signoracci: NDI's travel security and risk management expert

In June 2014, a plane landed hard at the Kabul International Airport. It was after dark and the flight crew needed medical attention. The plane suffered damage, so the crew needed to stay overnight in Kabul until another aircraft could be flown in. Jaime Signoracci, who was only in her...
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How a CBL placement expanded Emily Brigham’s perspective in Ireland

Brigham and Habiba at their last tutoring session Emily Brigham, a junior from Rhode Island, majors in psychology and minors in education, schooling and society, and data science. She spent the 2019 fall semester studying at UCD in Dublin, where she volunteered with Youth and Educational Services for Refugees and...
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Reclaiming the Faith: ND center in Ireland honors new saint

The entrance to the Newman University Church and the Notre Dame-Newman Centre for Faith and Reason in Dublin. Steve Warner, a renowned expert in liturgical music, and Rev. William Dailey, C.S.C., are attempting to revive an urban Irish parish that faces the same challenges as modern Catholicism across the world....
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How a study abroad experience in Ireland led to innovative cancer research

Jenna Koenig’s first love was solving mysteries. She felt compelled to piece together leads and unravel complex puzzles. There was excitement behind the chase, as it ultimately led to discovery. This fascination was followed by her love of science and biology. It was only natural that Koenig was drawn to...