Beyond the Irish Fairytale : From the Magical to the Modern

Ireland, as a common North American ideal: the place foreseen as the magic dream where fairies frolic in the meadows, the rolling hills capture mists and the edges of rainbows, and the people are charming and perfectly gorgeous. Ireland, as a real functioning modern country: a country with all the flaws and fierceness of any…

How to Survive UL: American Edition pt. 1

Be aware of the language Growing up in the United States and in Ireland are completely different. They are literally two different worlds, including the lingo used day-to-day. I would highly suggest researching some of the common slang words/phrases used here in order to save yourself from some extreme embarrassment and uncomfortable situations. For example,…

How I’m managing to travel Europe without going completely broke

Studying abroad is an amazing experience no matter where you decide to go. You become more confident, more sure of yourself, and learn how to navigate in a completely new country and culture. I picked a European country as my study abroad destination because I knew how easy and inexpensive it would be to explore the rest of…

4 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Weekend Adventures

A big part of the reason I came to study abroad was to see Europe. Coming from Canada, I hadn’t actually been on a plane until January of this year, when I boarded at Pearson International Airport in Toronto Ontario to come to Limerick. As excited as I was to see all of the beauty Ireland had to…

Drinks in Ireland: Guide

I consider myself a drinking connoisseur. Having a fresh cold brew is something else. I was excited to come to a country that has been enjoying beer longer than my country has been around. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but try not to miss these drinks Irish Coffee: One of my favorite drinks. A fresh…

Five Hacks to Make Your UL Student Apartment Cozier!

Written by Laura Sevigny, International Student Ambassador from the University of Limerick. Below are five simple, easy hacks you can do to make your village dorm feel homelier during your stay in Ireland! I am writing specifically about my experience in the University of Limerick student villages, but this is applicable across the board! Use your duvet as…

Limerick Culture Series: Dance- Light Moves Festival

By Bianca Paige Smith, University of Limerick Student Ambassador Hi everyone! I’m excited to be able to share with you a bit about what Limerick has to offer in the dance scene. For those of you who don’t know, dance is one of my life’s biggest passions and apart from my love of Ireland, I…

From China to a Master’s Degree in Ireland

By University of Limerick student Xiaoyu Lin How time flies! It has already been the middle of my second semester, which means my studying for the master degree will go to the end soon. As a postgraduate student studying marketing, the most frequent question from my friends and families must be “why do you choose…

Chasing the Rush

By University of Limerick student Krista Nelsen from the USA At a young age, I was introduced to travelling. My family and I would take trips to Canada and all over the U.S. When I was 10, I had a wonderful opportunity to travel to Italy and Greece through People to People. And that was…

5 Reasons to Ditch the Data Package and Travel Off the Map

By University of Limerick international student Lauren Bus We are all guilty of it – eyes glued to a tiny box in our hands rather than on the scenery around us. In an increasingly mediated world, our cell phones have become an extension of our beings; unfortunately, that means we miss out on things going on around…

Going Beyond the Tourist

By University of Limerick International Student Allyson Quigley If you Google search “What to do in Ireland?” you will get pages upon pages of tourist attractions… but that’s not authentic Ireland. If you want to experience the long lines and buy the typical souvenirs, then follow the touristy advice. However, if you want a unique…

15 reasons NOT to go to the University of Limerick

15 reasons NOT to go to the University of Limerick – By UL International Student Marina Vernaton To quote Ernest Hemingway, on living in Ireland, “…The memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other.” Here are few reasons why I would recommend you NOT to choose the University of…