There are no postcodes in Ireland

Originally posted on What I did on my holidays:

This weekend I go away on my first ever holiday on my own.  Actually that’s not strictly true because when I was seventeen I went alone to Morocco. I’d recently ended a relationship with a man who later went on to be a (not the) manager in Sainsbury’s and whom my mother liked very much.   I had inadvertently forgotten to save any money and managed to survive for a week thanks mainly to the generosity of Lloyds Bank, but I had to supplement my meagre overdraft by begging in Tangiers.  Back then (it was the olden days) the flight cost £18 and I managed to find a series of “hotels” which were very cheap and totally justified their inverted commas.  I had a ball.  I travelled from Marrakesh to Fez with a donkey on my lap (it was a very full bus), got pulled over by the police for wearing shorts, and…

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All Quiet on the Western Front: An Archaeology of Inishark, Co. Galway

Originally posted on vox hiberionacum:

Afer a few days on a deserted western Island, it usually goes a bit wickerman...

Skull of one of the only indigenous islanders left: sheep (Image: Author)

I’m just back from two weeks excavations on the deserted island of Inishark, Co. Galway, situated just west of Inishbofin – one of the most westerly outposts of Ireland. Next parish: Newfoundland.  Since 2010 I have been privileged to be a team member of an annual archaeological and historical survey of the island as part of the Cultural landscapes of the Irish Coast Project (CLIC) led by Professor Ian Kuijt, Note Dame University. This years archaeological excavations were directed by Franc Myles, one of the most experienced (and funniest) field archaeologists in Ireland.

Inishark (Inís Airc) was once home to several hundred people at the height of its settlement during the 19th and early 20th century – which had sadly dwindled to just 24 islanders when it was finally evacuated on the 20th October 1960. Like many other…

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What to Do in Your First Week in Galway

Originally posted on ISA Study Abroad Student Blog:

Kayla Beers is a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and an ISA Featured Blogger. Kaylais currently studying abroad with ISA in Galway, Ireland.

Shop Street

Shop Street on a Saturday

It’s hard for me to believe that my first week here in Galway has come to a close. There is so much that I have experienced thus far, and so much more that I want to do! For those who are thinking of coming to Galway in the future, here are some of the things that I recommend for your first week.

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Galway: the Land of Saints and Scholars

Originally posted on ISA Study Abroad Student Blog:

Hannah Peterson is a student at the Ohio Northern University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Hannah is currently studying abroad with ISA in Galway, Ireland.


After only one week in Galway, I never want to leave. I’m in love with this beautiful city and all it has to offer. I wouldn’t say there has been much culture shock for me, but there were a few things that would’ve been helpful to know before studying abroad here. For anyone considering visiting or studying in Galway, here are a few tips and tricks to help you become more comfortable and settled into your new environment:

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