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Waterford, 2024

Crystal Clear we love the ILE

Today, we headed off to our first tour–House of Waterford Crystal! This was incredible to see–there’s several steps to the process of making Waterford Crystal…

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Natalie, Liam, Kaylee, Olivia, and Parker, Thomas Meagher Statue--2024

New Things in Newtown

Ar maidin mhaith!! Good morning!! So dawns another lovely day in the lovely Ireland…the students were greeted with the soft gray light and dewy grass as they trodded on down to breakfast…

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Welcome ILE 2024!

Today, on June 30th, 2024, twenty-eight students from different corners of the US converge together—with little to no knowledge of these strange people they stand around—everyone simply there to embrace the beautiful unknown…

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A Final Farewell

…And so dawns the last incredible day on this magical island. Gathered here together in a final farewell at the airport, I offer a final thank-you…

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All 5 Days in the Gorgeous Galway…

Day one through day five in this beautiful place. From Bunratty Folk Park to Kylemore Abbey, and Dan O’ Hara’s Famine Cottage to the wild Aran Islands…these 5 final days are sure to be nothing short of incredible…

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Inch by Inch through Ireland…

Bonjour bonjour! Wow, sorry—I am very much running out of ways to start these blog posts. However, the ILE is not running out of ways to start their days! This morning, everyone donned their swimsuits, and we headed for Inch Beach…

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Ken (mare) you believe this awesome day?!

Hello!!! Today dawned our first full day in the lovely county Kerry. Everyone made their breakfast and packed their lunches, for today we are doing the Ring of Kerry drive! Our first stop was the Kenmare Stone Circle in the charming little village of, well, you guessed it—Kenmare…

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How fab is the gift of the gab?!

Everyone then had an hour to go kiss the Blarney Stone or explore Blarney’s multitudes of GORGEOUS gardens—like the Fern Garden, the Vietnamese Garden, the Poison Garden, the Carnivorous Garden, or the Fairy Garden. There were even special little things mixed around in there, like a Druid’s Stone, the Witches Cave, and the Stone Circle…

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Glad for Trad

Hello dear friends! Today is our LAST day of classes!! Wow, it’s crazy how speedily this trip has flown by! Once again, our morning started with a yummy breakfast and classes with our dear Máire. Máire has a quarter-finals game coming up tomorrow, so everyone is getting ready to root for Meath…

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We’re Dublin Our Luck Today!

Before our free day began, we had a guided tour of Dublinia—a fascinating interactive museum with three levels—viking Ireland, medieval Ireland, and a short film. It was very neat! Liam and Aiden were very excited to find all sorts of viking and medieval merchandise in the gift shop, including a drinking horn and a small shield…

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ILE’s Got Talent!

Good morning good morning good morning!!! I hope everyone is doing just wonderfully. Today was yet another day of skies bordering on the promise of drizzly storms or warm golden sunshine, but it seemed to finally compromise by being a slab of solid gray slate above us, broken up by an occasional mound of dark cloud…

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An EPIC day!

Hello hello hello!! What a lovely morning today, with the sky slowly and undecidedly shifting between fine shades of grays and blues. After a wonderful breakfast of a chocolate croissant, cereal, yogurt, and fruit, everyone scrambled onto the bus for another fantastic tour day…

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Trip Dates: June 30-July 24, 2024