Global Insights - Ireland

    Liam Mooney ’15, Rebecca O’Sullivan-Ryan ’20, Gráinne Doherty ’20,Gary Guinane ’21
    November 5, 2018

    Home to the Celtic Tiger, a nickname for their booming economy, Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle for another kind of green as it is blanketed with lush grasses and clover making it appear green from space. Global Insights is pleased to offer four native Irish students to present Ireland at the next luncheon on Nov. 15 at 11:30 a.m. in Brennan Hall, the Rose Room, 509. Registration required to attend this event. See the link below.

    Studying abroad at Scranton for the fall semester, Rebecca O’Sullivan-Ryan ’20, Education, and Gráinne Doherty ’20, Education, say if you want to experience the Irish culture, walk through Galway. They feel it is a better representation than the capital of Dublin. Shop Street is the main drag for action and culture.  Bustling with activity, including modern eateries, pubs and shops, Shop Street is home to ancient Lynch’s Castle, built in the 1500’s by the once most powerful family in Galway. 

    O’Sullivan-Ryan, who comes from County Wexford in southeast Ireland,   related how Irish culture is highlighted by the rich and wonderful festivals. The Fleadh Cheoil festival is mainly a music festival lasting for one week that moves from county to county in Ireland each year. This year’s attendance is estimated at a half million people. Doherty, originally from County Mayo, explained that our cultures are similar, yet different, in some ways. “After a night out, instead of going for pizza, we would go to a chipper for burgers and fries.” French fries in Ireland are known as ‘chips’. O’Sullivan-Ryan added, “For a spice bag, which has fries, veggies, shredded cheese, peppers and spices.” As Irish culture is rich with history and mythology, Doherty mentioned that she would tell the mysterious tale of the curse of County Mayo during the presentation.

    Liam Mooney ’15,  a returning graduate student in Rehab Counseling, remarked how the fast-paced lifestyle here in Scranton contrasts with that of his native Galway City. He has traveled within the U.S. and says “Georgia reminds me most of home.” He describes Galway City as a young person’s town, home to a university, and music and film festivals. Gary Guinane ’21, Business Administration, comes from Limerick City to study at Scranton. he related, and the others agreed, that the Irish culture embraces a great sense of humor. They enjoy time with friends and ‘going for a pint’ on occasion. Guinane’s one piece of advice when visiting Ireland was “Don’t kiss the Blarney Stone.” 

    This program is being offered by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, the Cross Cultural Centers, Residence Life and the Office of Equity and Diversity. A light lunch featuring cuisine from the highlighted country will be served.

    Registration for this event is required. Click here to register. For more information, please contact Huey Shi Chew at or 570-941-7575.


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