Living Abroad in Ireland

Drinking in more pubs that I care to (or can!) remember, strolling on Grafton street, acting in plays in Trinity College, having the ‘craic,’ feeding the pigeons in Stephens Green, being constantly mistaken for an American…

Taking tours of the Guiness Brewery and the Jameson Distillery, getting my first career job in the National Theatre, witnessing enough live music and dancing to last a lifetime, taking road trips to Galway, Cork, and Kerry…

Staying in various country cottages and castles, watching the St. Patricks Day Parade, getting caught in the never ending rain, getting ‘the piss’ taken out of me, drinking in lock-ins until the wee hours of the night, making lifelong friends, falling in love and having the time of my life.

And for the record, I would recommend all of the above. It’s been a whirlwind three years, a time of growth, appreciation, maturity, anxiety, independence, responsibility, and empowerment in my life. I arrived as a fresh, ready to take on the world university graduate, whose priorities were freedom and fun, and I emerge as a confident and capable 25 year old whose priorities are, clearly, still freedom and fun (but maybe also with an inkling to help make the world a better place!)

I can’t express enough how much living away from home and starting a new life abroad changes you. The desperate times you go through; the homesickness, the loneliness, the anxiety about whether or not it will all work out, ultimately fuse together to create a hardened, more self-reliant person who remains ever changed from the uncertain chance they once willingly took.

And I am so glad I took that chance.

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5 thoughts on “Living Abroad in Ireland

  1. Hey Keara!

    Great post about living in Ireland! I just moved here with my (Irish) boyfriend and I’m starting to get settled. I’d live to hear more about how your life in Ireland, how you got into the National Theatre and how you stayed for 3 years! Where are you headed next?

    Hope to chat soon!
    Slainte!

    Hannah

  2. Nicole B

    You’re leaving so soon!!! I’m looking forward to following your blog 🙂 xo

  3. thanks love! will def keep you updated:) looking forward to seeing you at christmas! x

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