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25 Years in Ireland

The University of Notre Dame is celebrating 25 years in Ireland, starting with a study abroad program in 1998!

The Dublin study abroad program was created in 1998, creating immersive educational experiences and cultural programs that enrich the study abroad experience and lead to a holistic and authentic appreciation for Ireland. Notre Dame’s home in Dublin has been in O’Connell House, a historic building with an eye-catching blue door on Merrion Square which was once the residence of noted Irish Catholic political leader Daniel O’Connell. In 2016, Notre Dame expanded it's presence in Ireland with the Kylemore Abbey Global Centre, an idyllic setting located in an active Benedictine monastery that offers a true Irish immersion.

Whether you're attending the Aer Lingus College Football Classic in Ireland this fall or simply learning more about Notre Dame's initiatives across Ireland, join in on the celebration of 25 years in Ireland.

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East & West: Notre Dame in Ireland

The University’s relationship with Ireland can be traced to its very founding, when seven Irish brothers and religious traveled with French priest Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., to South Bend in the cold Indiana November of 1842. A more formal presence was established in Ireland in 1998, buoyed by some name recognition from a football game played in Dublin’s Croke Park stadium two years prior. 

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Good Craic: A look at cultural immersion in Ireland

“Craic” (pronounced “crack”) is an Irish Gaelic word for “fun.” While Notre Dame students work hard at their studies in Ireland, the holistic experience includes engagements with culture and recreation.

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Go raibh maith agat!