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Barefoot at Castle Park

Lately we have been living the life in beautiful Bundoran, in our lovely Portbeg homes. Today we even got a visit from from the best Easter Bunny ever! As we are writing this, it is Easter Sunday. Some of our group members are off to a nice dinner, while others are...

Arts & Culture Fall 21 Week 6

Hi everyone! We are working on portraits with Michael currently, and he is a wonderful teacher. He really shows you how to look at objects and people as information, and always encourages you to be bold with the charcoal. Working with Ken is always super hands on...

Arts & Culture Fall 21 Week 5

Hi everyone! Week 5 here in Ireland was spent in Galway. It was nice to be able to explore the city with some free time, there are so many cool and unique stores to explore. We visited some cafes, bookstores, and thrift shops. The next day we were headed to the...

Arts & Culture Fall 21 Week 4

Hi everybody! This week we headed on a trip to Moville in North Donegal, and Derry in Northern Ireland. We stayed in the cutest little hostel, like straight out of a fairytale. We were led on a walking tour of Derry's street art and were also given the history of...

Arts & Culture Fall 21 Week 3

Week 3 at IGY was awesome. You'll hear me say that time and time again but it's true! We visited Dingle, a really cute town on the coast, and spent a day interacting with the locals! A musician played us some songs on his flutes while we watched the ocean and the...

Water Colour Painting

Arts & Culture Fall 21 Week 2

Hello everybody! I've now been in Bundoran for a little over two weeks, and working with the art tutors has been so rewarding and unique. You can tell just how passionate they all are about their work, and I knew immediately that I would have so much to learn from...

Arts & Culture Fall 21 Week One

Hi! My name is Addie and I'm from Connecticut, USA. I'm currently doing the Arts and Culture Gap Year program with Irish Gap Year. It's been almost a week since we've been here and every minute has been absolutely amazing. I've already found some amazing friends...

West End Sunset

Immersion Program Summer Blog Week 4

We started off our last week by exploring the castles of Lough Erne (Monea and Tully)! We learned about their history and were able to climb around and explore one of them. In the afternoon, we continued on to Cavan Burren Forest Park, where we saw megalithic...

Immersion Group Sculpture Pose

Immersion Program Summer Blog Week 3

We’re all sad that the program is over halfway over, but we’re determined to make the most of our time left, and that wasn’t hard considering how exciting this week was! On Monday, the Arts and Culture (A&C) gappers made beautiful watercolor paintings and...

Guinness Visit

Immersion Program Summer Blog Week 2

To start our second week, the arts group practiced watercolors with a local artist while the adventure group made biochar and a compost bin for Castle Park, then we all went to the Carrowmore Megalithic Tombs to learn about the history of Sligo! The art gappers...

Jewellery Making with Rossa