Four Years in Ireland – A Photo Gallery
This photo gallery documents my last four years traveling around the magical Éire. I arrived in Ireland in the fall of 2010 to study at Coláiste na Tríonóide (Trinity College Dublin). As a MacConsaidín, I quickly learned that my second home is northwest Contae an Chláir (County Clare), especially the village of Lios Dúin Bhearna (Lisdoonvarna), the birthplace of my…… Continue reading Four Years in Ireland – A Photo Gallery
Port, an Abandoned Irish Famine Village in Donegal
In all my travels, Port, Donegal was one of the most magical places that I’ve ever been. Port has been called “the most remote and least visited corner of Ireland.” The nearest neighbors are three miles up the road. I’m still surprised that we even found it considering that you can take only one road to get there.…… Continue reading Port, an Abandoned Irish Famine Village in Donegal
God Exhaling Over the Irish Sea
I saw something amazing last night over the Irish Sea. A devilish red sunset which nearly melted our plane. There were towering castles in the distant which were made of thick black clouds. Below us were rolling hills of puffy things. God was simply exhaling. This picture isn’t mine, but it’s the closest thing I could…… Continue reading God Exhaling Over the Irish Sea
Turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque, a church, or both?
News of the beautiful and awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, or “Holy Wisdom,” turning into an active mosque is a tricky situation for political and cultural reasons, as Religion News Services reports (via Huffington Post). Christians and other minorities may see the Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque as a challenge to Turkey’s secular-republican origin, whereas Muslims…… Continue reading Turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque, a church, or both?
A little bit of Italy on the Irish coast
These are some pictures of my recent visit to Killiney (Irish: Cill Iníon Léinín, meaning “Church of the Daughters of Léinín”). Killiney is located about 30 minutes on the train from Dublin city centre. For many centuries the major part of the district was the property of the Talbot de Malahide family, some of the…… Continue reading A little bit of Italy on the Irish coast
“Our Lady of Peace:” The Abbaye Ecole in Sorèze
In the summer of 2009 I travelled to Sorèze, an enchanted village in the south of France. The purpose of the trip was to screen my documentary Journey into America at the Culture and Cultures Intercultural International film festival at the Château de Padiès, a mansion built on the site of a former castle, located in the outskirts…… Continue reading “Our Lady of Peace:” The Abbaye Ecole in Sorèze
Plato’s light at the Hagia Sophia
I visited the Hagia Sophia at the end of 2011. It is the most magnificent building I have ever seen. A truly inspiring and breathtaking experience.
Roadtrip to Lahinch, County Clare
Melony and I are off to Crag Shore B & B in Lahinch. In searching for directions from Dublin, I’ve learned that it has no address. Crag Shore is really off the beaten path. Maybe the GPS location on its website will guide us there? God willing, this will be a memorable weekend. The Micah Russell…… Continue reading Roadtrip to Lahinch, County Clare
To London again for SOAS screening
I’m off to London this afternoon for the second time in as many weeks for the Journey into America screening and panel discussion at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. I’m very happy to have my lady, Mel, joining me this time around. She’s exciting for the thrill of it…… Continue reading To London again for SOAS screening
Pictures of trip to Rome
Pictures of Walk from Bré to Na Clocha Liatha
Just outside of Baile Átha Cliath (Dublin) via the Dart is the small seaside village of Bré (Bray). Just north of Bré is another seaside village of Na Clocha Liatha (Greystones), which is about a three-hour walk from said place. Beginning in Bré there’s a shorter ‘cliff walk’ that you can take to Na Clocha Liatha, but you…… Continue reading Pictures of Walk from Bré to Na Clocha Liatha
Man walks from California to Florida in search of God
This is an incredible story. Like Forrest Gump in real-time. Except this man walked! How does someone who has a really comfortable life give it all up and decide to live homeless and walk across the U.S. without a dime? Check out this amazing story about one young man’s search for God!
Video: Road-trip to Maghera Beach and Port in Northwest Ireland (Over ‘Orange Sky’ by Alexi Murdoch)
I have finally edited the video that I captured when Mel and I went to visit the areas around Glencolumbkille in Donegal. I decided to use ‘Orange Sky’ by Alexi Murdoch as a backdrop to this short but sweet clip which, I hope, captures the serenity and grandeur of the area. At times the clip moves…… Continue reading Video: Road-trip to Maghera Beach and Port in Northwest Ireland (Over ‘Orange Sky’ by Alexi Murdoch)
Serene Sunset in Port, Ireland
At the abandoned village of Port. One of the most serene places I have ever visited. Click to enlarge.
Personal: The time my Ma and Dad went to Ireland (circa 1980)
My Ma just showed me the journal that she kept along the ride. Notice as well some of the great pictures. My favourite is the one of the two Irish men with the bicycle. Interestingly, my parents visited Trinity College Dublin (where I now teach and research). One of the pictures is where I often…… Continue reading Personal: The time my Ma and Dad went to Ireland (circa 1980)
Wandering on a ridiculous road
From our trip to Glencolumbkille in Northwest Donegal, Ireland (June 2012). A breathtaking view on a windy little road. Truly spectacular and unforgettable.
Picture: The most beautiful beach in Ireland
Day trip to Dún Laoghaire
Mel and I decided to take a day trip to Dún Laoghaire, partly because we wanted to, but also because our buddy Robbie Fry (great photographer) had to give me a CD of pictures from an event last week. Will blog about that soon. Mel had been to Dún Laoghaire, but this was my first time. I…… Continue reading Day trip to Dún Laoghaire
My ‘Dirt road in Santorini’ video
I rented a cheap little car and was told ‘not to go off-roading’. But what did that mean? What is considered ‘off-roading’? These are two questions I certainly contemplated before taking the car down a dangerous path to the famous and isolated Kambia Beach in the middle-of-nowhere, Santorini. Would I make the car back up…… Continue reading My ‘Dirt road in Santorini’ video
Photo-journal documenting trip to Athens and Santorini
I’ve done my fair share of traveling since graduating from college in 2007, from researching around the U.S. for one year with Ambassador Ahmed, to my own personal adventures throughout Europe and eastern Asia. I’ve been to some amazing places, from the Château de Padiès in Southern France, to the hills of Honolulu, to the famous…… Continue reading Photo-journal documenting trip to Athens and Santorini
The greatest view known to man?
Sunset in Oia
Oia is a small village on the northern tip of Santorini island. It’s a famous spot for its sunset. Indeed, that was clear when the people around me started applauding when the sun was gone.
Travels: First reaction in Athens
The first destination I visited was Syntigma Square. There were loads of young people gearing up for the protest which happens to be in a few hours. Huge flags and large ‘pow wow’ groups filled the area. I plan on watching it go down and catching it all on video. I feel another potential CNN…… Continue reading Travels: First reaction in Athens
8 spots I seek to visit around Greece
On May 5th, I’m packing my bags, which will absolutely include one of my all-time favourites, Plato’s Dialogues, for a much needed vacation away from the cold and rainy (but still beautiful!) island of Ireland. It has been a hell of a few months with fieldwork and editing this Journal, so this trip couldn’t have…… Continue reading 8 spots I seek to visit around Greece
Doolin, Ireland as you’ve never seen it before
If you’re a Ph.D. student, like myself, you know how precious free time is, and you know how infrequently you find it. One of my adjustments for year two of the Ph.D. process is to find, and indeed make, time for myself away from the critical thinking, writing, and fieldwork. It hasn’t been easy, but…… Continue reading Doolin, Ireland as you’ve never seen it before