It was just past sunrise when our students waved goodbye to Bundoran, and the Wild Atlantic Way. The reality that the programme was coming to an end was beginning to kick in. Our destination was University College Dublin, and we arrived at the Clinton Institute for American Studies to be greeted by the manager of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at UCD, Catherine Carey, and the Director, Prof. Liam Kennedy.
The Clinton Institute had arranged that twenty Irish students of a similar age woud engage with our Global Irish group in a youth conference on Irish and American issues. After an introductory session and a short briefing on study abroad opportunities for American Students in Ireland, we had a friendly al fresco lunch in the beautiful grounds of the Institute.
After lunch Prof. Kennedy and Dr. Hamill took two separate sessions with the American and Irish students. Both groups explored perceptions of Irish and American identity. We then brought the groups together to compare the outcomes of those discussions, with some interesting findings.
After a very informative and illuminating afternoon, our Irish friends returned home and our US students returned to the luxurious reisdence halls at Roebuck to relax for the evening.