A Year Abroad in Ireland: A Photo Essay

Studying abroad in Ireland was the greatest decision of my life, and choosing to study there for a full academic year allowed me to experience more of the country than many people get to see. I visited places in every region of the country, from the hilly countryside of Connemara in the West, to the urban landscape of Dublin in the East. I even had the opportunity to spend some time in Northern Ireland, which is a part of the United Kingdom unlike the Republic of Ireland, a separate country. Because I was able to explore so many places in both the North and the Republic, I was able to learn a lot about the culture, history, and natural wonders of this incredible island. Here’s just a taste of the unforgettable places I experienced on the Emerald Isle.

Ireland 1 - Danielle Beam

Sitting by the River Corrib in Galway, the city in which I studied.

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Visiting the Cliffs of Moher which are over 700 feet above sea level.

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A busy street in Dublin near the Guinness Storehouse.

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Exploring Kilkenny Castle on a beautiful spring afternoon.

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Colorful houses line the tiny streets in Cobh, formally known as Queenstown, which was the last stop the Titanic made before heading to sea.

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Hiking Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain, located in County Mayo.

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Exploring the sand dunes with my Irish friend Emma at Tramore Beach.

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View of the Killary Fjord located in the rugged countryside of Connemara.

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Visiting Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland.

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One of the many walls in Belfast, Northern Ireland that is covered in political murals.

Photos courtesy of Danielle Beam.


Danielle Beam is a junior at the University of Kentucky studying Psychology. Danielle participated in the Celtic Blue program at Arcadia University and National University of Ireland Galway during the 2014-2015 academic year.