Exploring the Capital!

The day started out as most days have thus far on the trip. We woke up entirely too early and had a predictable breakfast that consisted of cereal and orange juice. The students started in Scones’ Irish literature class at 9 AM and learned about many more famous Irish writers. After literature, they attended their […]


We woke up to blue skies and sunshine this morning! The students were excited for some “summer-like” weather. Today was another class day, so the students were a little bummed when they had to spend such a lovely morning inside the classroom. Nevertheless, it was well worth it. Brigid had a class discussion on the […]

Up the Dubs!

It is hard to believe that we have already been in Ireland for eight days! Our morning began with the normal class schedule. The students learned a few Gaelic phrases from Scones including, “Tir gan teanga is tir gan anan” (A country without a language is a country without an identity.), “Nil aon tintean mar […]

Castle Mania

On Monday morning we had our first castle tour at Cahir Castle, which is one of the largest castles in Ireland. It was built in 1142 by Conor O’Brien, Prince of Thomond and is situated on an Island in the River Suir in Cahir town centre, County Tipperary. The castle was lived in by the […]

Set Me Free!

This morning we were able to “lie in” and didn’t have to be on the bus until 11 AM. Some students chose to sleep in, while others got up for breakfast and Sunday Mass. We had a two hour bus ride into Dublin for the Leinster MHC Hurling Final between Dublin and Kilkenny at Croke […]

An Extraordinary Day Along the Coast of Waterford!

We woke up to sun and blue skies! After breakfast, everyone got back into the routine of classes. Due to the comfortable weather, Angie took the students outside for Irish Literature and read “The First Confession,” by Frank O’Connor. Anna mentioned that she really liked the story, and Carrick enthusiastically said, “I was enthralled by […]

So Cool!

Today began bright and early with an 8 AM breakfast-Weetabix Cereal, toast with Flora spreadable butter, fruit, and OJ! Not long afterwards, we departed from Waterford and headed towards Charles Fort in County Cork. The students learned all about this historical site from our witty tour guide, Claire. Aaron commented on how the layout of […]

US Prevails During the ILE’s World Cup!

The students woke to another structured class day on campus. After breakfast they got their first taste of Irish (Gaelic language class.). Alex, even though learning Irish through English, which is only his second language, nailed the basics straight away. With so many students in the class learning Latin they were able to decipher certain […]

Wonderful Waterford!

Day #1 was pretty successful with our only non-show at breakfast being a certain boy named Dylan. The ILE Staff were well impressed. This unusual success first thing in the morning gave us high hopes for the classroom-expecting everybody to be bright eyed and bushy tailed. The jet lag conveniently reared its head though just […]