MOUNTOLIVE-EveryyearUniversityofMountOliveHonorsProgramparticipantshavetheopportunitytotravelabroad。

Thisyear’sparticipantsspenteightdaystouringIrelandandsoakinginallthat“TheEmeraldIsle”hadtooffer。

Toprepareforthejourney,theHonorsstudentsspentthepastyearresearchingtheirdestinationofchoicepreparingthemtonotonlyenjoytheirtrip,buttobeintellectuallyinvolvedandinformed。

TheMOCgroupleftfromCharlotteandtraveledovernighttoDublin,thecapitolcityofIreland。

Upontheirarrival,thehonorstudentsenjoyedadayofleisureandaccommodationinDublin,atownfullofhistoryandonethatisinhabited1。

2millionpeople,aquarterofIreland’spopulation。

JelenaAtkins,aseniorbiologymajorfromFayetteville,NorthCarolinaexpressedthatthegroupcouldnothavechosenabettertimetobeinDublin。

“Dublin’sstreetswerefloodedwithanxiouspeopleawaitingthearrivaloftheQueenofEnglandandPresidentObama?

TheirpresencemadethistripahistoricalandmemorabletimeinIreland。



OtherstopsincludedSt。

PatricksCathedralandTrinityCollege,twoofthemostrenownedlandmarksinallofIreland。

DaythreebeganwithatripthroughthePhoenixPark,whichhousesthehomeofIreland’sPresidentMaryMcAleese。

ThegroupendedtheirdayatthemedievaltownofWaterfordafteratriptoKilkennywheretheywitnessedthehistoricalKilkennyCastle。

Dayfourincludedavisittothe15th-centuryBlarneyCastle,wheretheHonorsgrouphadtheopportunitytoclimbthestepsofthecastletokissthefamousBlarneyStone。

Theworldfamous“RingofKerry”wasthefocusofdayfive。

ThegroupspenttheentiredaytouringthelandmarkwhichislocatedinKillarneyNationalParkandspans179kilometersofroadintheshapeofaring。

TheRingofKerryishometosomeofthefinestbeachesandcolorfularchitectureinallofIreland。

ChristopherAllen,seniorfineartsmajorfromKenly,NC,commentedontheserenityoftheRingofKerrysaying,“ThetourofferedagreatcontrastbetweenthehustleandbustleofcitylifeinDublinandthequaintlifeofsmallvillages。

ItfeltasifwetimetraveledandsteppedbackintoIrelandspastbywayoftheancientcastlesandmagnificentCathedralsor‘CaTEEdrals’astheIrishpronounceit。



AfterrestingforthenightinKillarney,theHonorsgrouptackledthewindsatopoftheCliffsofMoher,animpressivewallofrockthattowerssome700feetabovetheAtlanticOcean。

AudreyOwens,seniorbusinessadministrationmajorfromWilson,saidthatthewindswereblowing60mphandthat“wecouldbarelywalkaroundwithoutbumpingintoeachother。



ThehighwindsdidnothindertheexperienceforOwensthough。

“OverlookingtheAtlanticOceaninNorthCarolinaeverysummerdoesnotevencomeclosetoseeingitinIreland700feetupintheair,”Owenssaid,“ItwasanexperienceIwillneverforgetandasignofGod’smiraculoushandiwork。



Asthetripbegantowinddown,theHonorsstudentsspenttheirlastdaytouringthecolorfultownofGalwaytoviewtheLynchStoneandGalwayCathedralbeforereturningtoDublintoenjoytheDublinnightlife。

ThenextmorningthegrouppackedupandheadedbacktotheStates。

ReflectingontheIrelandexperienceandtheimpactithadonhimasawhole,UniversityofMountOlivegraduateandGraphicDesignAssociateMattStevensremarked,“Althoughthehistory,sights,andattractionswereenjoyable,itwasmyinteractionswithpeoplethatIllmostremember。

ThistripgavemeanopportunitytoconnectwithandshareuniqueexperienceswithstudentsandfacultyofUniversityofMountOlive,andachancetomeetandinteractwiththelocals。

ThesearethememoriesthatIwillcherishmost。



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