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Belfast Twelfth of July: Part 1

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Current Events, Europe, Ireland, Journalism Today, Places to Trek | 0 comments

Background: The annual July 12th parades occur every year in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The event celebrates the victory of Protestant King William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, which marked the beginning of Protestant Loyalist rule in Northern Ireland. Since this date there has been almost constant violence between the Protestant communities, that view themselves as loyal to the British government, and the Catholic communities, that want a united Ireland free of British rule. Northern Ireland, currently, is almost split 50/50 between the percentage of Protestant and Catholics living in the region. In Belfast, many of these neighbourhoods are split by barriers or “peace walls.” Even though Protestant and Catholic residences may live a few yards from one another, they rarely or never interact. Violence and separation has always been a constant reality in these...

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Reflections:with Brendan Kennelly

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Europe, Ireland, Journalism Today, Literature, Media, Places to Trek | 0 comments

Interview with Irish poet Brendan...

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crossfade: Dublin’s underground club scene

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Europe, Ireland, Journalism Today, Media, Music, Places to Trek | 0 comments

A documentary about the underground club scene in Dublin that has emerged from the ashes of the recession in Ireland....

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Humans of Dublin

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Europe, Ireland, Places to Trek | 0 comments

Dublin is a city known for being multicultural. Almost every country and region in the world is represented through the many businesses that fill its landscape. On any day and at any time you can walk through the city center and hear multiple languages being spoken in unison. If you step back and listen for a while, you will notice that all these voices and languages begin to become one constant hum. For me, this hum represents our modern world in which globalization and ease of travel have created a very multicultural environment in almost every space. Marie Agnes had arrived in Dublin two hours prior to this photograph. She is originally from France , but was travelling through Dublin on her way to work in Belfast. While interviewing her we struggled with communication, due to the fact that...

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No Hablo Irish!

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Europe, Ireland, Places to Trek, Uncategorized | 2 comments

You can spot them from a mile away. They move slowly, unless they are crossing the street, then they sprint. They wear the uniform of their kind consisting of necklace passport holders, wool Irish caps, and bright colored fanny-packs. They panic at rotating doors and constantly overuse “thank you” and “sorry.” They are the American tourist. They are best spotted on any average day, in the city center of Dublin, wondering around lost. You can see in their faces the hopes and dreams of leprechauns, wool sweaters, bagpipes, and rickety old pubs slowly being torn apart by the modernity and harshness that is Dublin. Although they come out in large numbers, the American tourists are not the only, lost and oblivious, tourist country wondering around the streets of Dublin. The Chinese tourists seem to live their whole trip behind...

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