My First Time Experiences in Ireland by Yanan Chen

By Yanan Chen

I have just finished a busy but fulfilling semester for my Master Degree programme in Software Engineering here at the University of Limerick. I feel that it’s now time to document some of the most memorable experiences of my time here in Ireland thus far.

This is my second year in Ireland, I spent the first year completing my Pre-Masters course and I have a lot of sweet, happy and funny memories from my time spent living in Ireland. I had a lot of first time experiences here in Ireland which I have documented below so please scroll down to share in my fondest memories!

The first time I took a walk on campus – blue skies who would believe it!


The first time I was on my way home from the pub at night – the Living Bridge looks amazing all lit up at night!


The first time I went to the Clubs and Societies Recruitment Drive – there are over 70 clubs & societies here at UL – check out the UL Wolves website for further info!


The first time I cooked pasta by myself – Delizioso if I do say so myself!


The first time I went to the Stables Pub and Restaurant on campus and met many International students – the craic was mighty!


The first time I went on the Viking Bus Tour exploring Limerick City and Environs with my friends.

viking bus

The first of many UL40 celebrations at UL – it was an amazing gig!


The first time I celebrated my birthday in Ireland with my friends.


The first time I went to the Cliffs of Mother with the International Society.

cliff of moher 2

cliffs of moher 1 poul na mbron

The first time I had Christmas dinner with my friends in the UL Chess Club and we all cooked together.

christmas dinner

The first time I celebrated Halloween in the Stables – spooky, huh?!


 The first time I went to the Aquarium in Dingle – I found Dory, not too sure about Nemo though 🙂

aquarium dingle

 The first time I went to the National Park in Killarney – Torc Waterfall is breathtaking!

torc waterfall

The first time I visited Cork City Gaol Museum  – luckily I was only visiting and not staying overnight 🙂

Cork city jail

The first time I went to Blarney Castle and kissed the Blarney Stone which famous people like Winston Churchill and Laurel & Hardy to name but a few have kissed in times gone past in order to gain the gift of the gab (eloquence of speech)!

Blarney Stone

The first time I celebrated Chinese New Year in Ireland with more than 30 Chinese students.

chinese new year

The first time the International Education Division at UL celebrated Chinese New Year with us in a local Chinese restaurant.

chinese restaurant

The first time I made a cake by myself – not too bad at all I must admit 🙂


The first time I went to Dublin to see the national parade for St. Patrick’s Day – there was a terrific atmosphere and the parade was fantastic!

st. patrick's day

The first time I went to the Clubs & Society Ball in a formal suit – btw that’s not me in the photo 🙂

clubs & socs ball

The first time I had to say goodbye to one of my best roommates 😦

goodbye to room mate

There were too many “first times” in Ireland to show here, and I know there are innumerable “first times” in the future which are waiting for me to explore and I am looking forward to uncovering those mysteries. Overall, I am really enjoying my life in Ireland.  

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