4 Reasons You Should Study Abroad on the Emerald Isle

Originally posted on ISA Study Abroad Student Blog:

Katherine Dwire is a student at Indiana University/Purdue University at Ft. Wayne and is an ISA Featured Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Dublin, Ireland.


  1. Before I even thought about studying abroad or traveling to Ireland, I remember hearing about how nice the Irish people are. Well, from my experience so far I can say that that is true, and it is one of the main reasons you should study abroad in Ireland. A few minutes after I stepped off the plane someone helped me with my bags. Our driver to the UCD campus, Paddy, couldn’t have been friendlier. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve asked for help or directions so far. I have yet to find anyone who is rude or refused to help.
  1. Look at one picture of Ireland and you have to admit that it’s  a beautiful place. I…

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Centuries of history in Tarbert Co Kerry

Originally posted on A SILVER VOICE FROM IRELAND:


Tarbert House, whose new windows will arrive this week.

Set in the heart of ancient woodland that skirts Tarbert Bay is a magnificent house that dates from 1690. This is Tarbert House an internationally known heritage building, that has been home to the Leslie family since the late 17th Century. The Leslie family arrived in these parts after being on the winning side of the Battle of the Boyne and count bishops and various titled Leslies in their ancestry. Currently undergoing renovations, the three storey house over a basement is an imposing structure with lovely views of rolling countryside and of the River Shannon.

With the Shanid Historical Society, I was privileged to visit this historic home last weekend with the impressive and knowledgeable Ursula Leslie as our guide. She provided us with a wealth of information about so many aspects of the history of this place; the family, the…

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Autumn Vegetable Soup

Originally posted on In an Irish Home:

Irish Vegetable Soup

Soup Unblended…

Autumn is upon us and with the change in temperature outdoors we need warm, wholesome, foods to keep us energized and satisfied.

This soup will do nicely. It is vegetarian, but so flavourful you’ll hardly miss the meat! The parsnip gives the soup a hint of sweetness, but only slightly, and if you’re not a fan of parsnips you can omit them altogether and substitute in another vegetable. In fact, the beauty of this soup is you can throw nearly any combination of veggies into the pot and come out with a dish that is simply delicious.

And Soup Blended!

And Soup Blended!

I follow Darina Allen’s method for vegetable soup making, which is 1:1:3:5. That is one cup of onion (could be onions, leeks, shallots or a combination of the three): one cup of potatoes: three cups of vegetables: and five cups of stock. This is foolproof soup making. Warm…

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