Megan Madonna | Vanderbilt University | University College Dublin Spring 2014
The Island of Ireland is divided geography into 4 provinces: Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught:
This is further divided into 32 counties – 6 in Northern Ireland and 28 in the Republic of Ireland.
Each province and even more so each county of Ireland represents a unique aspect of our nation.
People are different; they speak with different accents, they have different customs and they take pride in their county colours when it comes to Gaelic games.
Places are different; the landscape varies from the rolling waves of the Atlantic to mountain peaks to the bogs of the midlands to the city centres.
Counties and their inhabitants are known by names such as The Rebels (Cork), The Banner (Clare), The Kingdom (Kerry), The Premier (Tipperary), The Royal county (Meath), The Lilywhites (Kildare), The Tribesmen (Galway)….the list goes on! Even for an Irish person, visiting all of the counties on the island is not an easy task to do over a number of years. For a single semester study abroad study Megan Madonna from Vanderbilt University has really seen the length and breadth of the Emerald Isle. Megan has managed to visit in some shape of form every county on the Island – except for one! Fermanagh (Fur-man-a) has escaped her. This however does give her a reason to come back to Ireland and achieve the ultimate goal. From all of us at IFSA-Butler Ireland well done on your fantastic achievement!
Here are some pictures of Megan on her travels around Ireland (courtesy of Megan):