Irish Studies - Student Spotlight

irish_dalyJohn Daly 
Minor: Irish Studies

"My grandfather was an immigrant from Belfast and I have had an interest in Ireland and Irish history since I was young. With the Irish Studies minor, I have gained a better understanding of my family history and the country's own exciting past. I've been given the chance to look critically at the political unrest and read some of the great Irish writers and playwrights, and I took the Galway Experience over the summer to witness the country's beauty firsthand. There I studied everything from folklore to politics and got a chance to witness the culture from tour groups to the Aran Islands and Gaelic football in the All-Ireland Tournament. The program gives me a chance to gain a better understanding of my family roots and a culture that is very interesting to me."