Introducing Casey O’Connor-Your 2019 Female Counselor

Casey began Irish dancing at the age of nine. Her love for Irish dancing inspired her love for Irish music and so she picked up the fiddle at the age of eleven. As a teenager, she filled her time with dance lessons, competitions, and would most likely be found sitting at home playing her fiddle […]

Introducing Miles Bryan-Your 2019 Irish American History Teacher

Hey Y’all! I’m Miles Bryan from Anderson, South Carolina. I have a degree in Spanish and International Trade from Clemson University and I am a a High School Spanish Teacher. My grandparents on my dad’s side love to read books and are some of my biggest supporters. My grandfather knew he was of Irish descent […]

#ILE15 Draw to a Close

It is our last full day in Ireland! We cannot believe how quickly this trip has gone by. Johanna and Molly said that they were going to cry all day because they were so sad that our trip was almost over. The students had a free day. Many of the ILE’ers went exploring the shopping […]

Cows with Guns

We woke up to lashing rain this morning and as we looked out the window we thought, “Oh No!” It was bucketing down and today was our day to go to Inish Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. We put the Child of Prague in the garden-the story goes that when you do this […]


Our second day in Galway started a little bit earlier than most of our mornings on holiday. The first bus trip of our relatively laid back day led us to Dan O’Hara’s Cottage. Our guide, Martin, led us up the Connemara countryside to a turf bog. He explained the process and reasoning behind using the […]

Periwinkle Anyone?

We have officially been in Ireland for 20 days! Alice and Ally can’t believe how quickly the days are flying by. Our first morning in Galway started with the arrival of our good friend and bus driver, Brian, from Burren Coaches. As we loaded onto the bus, Brian greeted us by playing the #ILE15 theme […]

Galway Bound

We’re onto our last lag of our trip: Galway! The students were very busy this morning packing up their things and cleaning their apartments in Killarney. At half nine, all the students were on the bus, ready for yet another adventure. Many of the students were up late the night before doing dishes and having […]

#ILE15 Spirit Names

Today we were all at the bus at half nine for our Mini Ring of Kerry Tour. Our informative bus driver, Tom, took us first to Ross Castle, where students were allowed to explore the castle grounds which rested upon the edge of one of Killarney’s lakes. The weather today was a bit grim, but […]

Dingle Done Right

Waking up in a new town is always exciting, especially now that classes are done. The kids woke up on Wednesday and made their own breakfasts and packed lunches for the day trip to the Dingle Peninsula. The students loaded the bus at half nine. The weather was beautiful. They started the day out with […]

A Bunch of Blarney

To get the gift of the gab or to not… That is thy question! Travel days are usually quiet days and kids catch up on some much needed sleep while traveling to the next destination. Tuesday morning, the students and ILE Staff had a quick breakfast, packed up our bags, and left the beautiful city […]

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Trip Dates: June 30-July 24, 2024