Our final formal event was at Iveagh House at the Department for Foreign Affairs, Dublin. The American students were joined by their Irish counterparts, including the Iveagh Scholars and their colleagues from the previous day's conference. Many parents and relatives of the Irish and American students also attended.
Guest of honour at the graduation event was the Minister for Diaspora, Joe McHugh T.D. He was introduced to the gathering by Mary Connery from the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Minister McHugh heard testimonials from each of the Global Irish Summer Camp participants. Minister McHugh congratulated Niamh Hamill and John O'Connell, directors of the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland, and Liam Kennedy, director of the Clinton Institute at UCD, on their delivery of an excellent programme. Minister McHugh complimented the students and their parents on their engagement with this Diaspora project, and thanked them for their continued support. As delicious refreshments were served, all enjoyed the opportunity to mingle and continue to build friendships and connections in this most beautiful room overlooking St. Stephen's Green
The evening concluded with a farewell meal in the Green 19 Restaurant, and then it was back to the residence at UCD for a few hours sleep before an early departure and those sad goodbyes at the airport. However, all agreed that firm friendships were forged between all twenty participants, and that a reunion is inevitable. Slan!