Background on the Holiday 

Students all across campus will soon pull out their tacky green attire and commence the annual celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. However, not everyone knows the reason for celebrating this popular holiday. Saint Patrick was the patron saint of Ireland, who died on March 17th. The feast of Saint Patrick was a reprieve for Irish Catholics where they could let loose after the season of Lent, a six week period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Saint Patrick’s Day began as a religious feast and eventually led to worldwide festivals, parades, and parties.

Study Abroad

After studying abroad in Ireland following my sophomore year at JMU, I discovered a newfound appreciation for the beautiful country. Spending nearly a month across the pond pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to see life through a different lens. In honor of this Irish holiday, check out some pictures from my adventure across the sea:

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Exploring Giant’s Causeway, a natural rock formation in Northern Ireland.
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Breathtaking views from Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland, where the popular series “Game of Thrones” is filmed.
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The famous O’Connell Street Bridge in Dublin, Ireland.
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A glimpse of the Northern Ireland coastline.
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We braved Carrick-a-Rede, a narrow 98-foot high rope bridge.
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Finally, we found our pot of gold on the beaches of Inch Island.

Enjoy your Saint Patrick’s Day, Dukes!

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