Class of 2017

Stories and reflections from the Class of 2017

Shannan Kincaid – Belfast Girl Taking on Capitol Hill

Shannan Kincaid Belfast Girl Taking on Capitol Hill Shannan is a second year BSc Honors student studying Social Policy with Criminology at Ulster University and is an elected Course Representative on Ulster University’s Student Union Council. She served two terms on...

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Aine Lawless – Journeys

Aine Lawless Journeys Currently in her second year studying Multimedia in DCU, Áine has a keen interest in cross border relations. She is a graduate of the Glencree Young Peace Builders Program and acts as a Student Ambassador for her University. For the past year she...

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Susan Butler – The Perks of Having a Mentor

Susan Butler The Perks of Having a Mentor Susan is in her third year of Arts International in University College Cork. She specializes in French and Psychology and is currently on her Erasmus Year in Rennes, France. Susan has a passion for improving education...

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Nadine McGarry – The Host Family Experience

  Nadine McGarry The Host Family Experience  Nadine, born in Northern Ireland, is a final year Law with Philosophy Student at the University of Liverpool. She is committed to volunteer work, both at home and abroad. Before beginning her studies, she lived and...

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Liam Cowley – How United is the USA?

Liam Cowley How united is the USA? Liam, a final year History and Political Science student at Trinity College Dublin, is particularly passionate about modern Irish political history as well as national and European current affairs. A member of the Bringing Europeans...

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Ellen Flanagan – Different Shades of the Same Color

Ellen Flanagan Different shades of the same color Ellen is a final year Law and French student in University College Cork. She is a Quercus University Scholar for Academics. Ellen was elected second year representative of the UCC Law Society and has also held elected...

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Joshua Norton – The Concrete Jungle

Joshua Norton The Concrete Jungle Josh is a third year Politics student at Ulster University with a keen interest in international relations and conflict resolution. He is involved in the social enterprise business, Madlug, where he has been working to establish blog...

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Colum Mackey – Resilience in Uncertain Times

Colum Mackey Resilience in Uncertain Times Colum graduated from Ulster University having studied Law and currently serves as President of Ulster University Students’ Union where he is completing a second term. He sits as a National Executive Councillor for the...

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Colm Tong – Becoming Accustomed to Washington DC

Colm Tong Becoming accustomed to Washington DC Colm is a third year student of Environmental Science in Trinity College Dublin. He is passionately involved in environmentalism and broader student activism. He helped found and manage TCD Fossil Free, a group that...

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Alex Burke – Working in a Congressional Office

Alex Burke Working in a Congressional Office Having been awarded the All-Ireland Scholarship, Alex is currently a second year student at NUI Galway studying Law with German, as well as a Diploma in Irish. While in school, he won the National Mock Trial Competition and...

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Alex Polkey – The World’s Mightiest City

Alex Polkey The World's Mightiest City Alex is a final year student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Bath. He is passionate about working towards an open society based on human rights and healthy democratic dialogue. To this end, he has...

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David O’Keeffe – The Loss of the Real

David O'Keeffe The Loss of the Real David is currently in his final year of English, Media and Cultural Studies in the Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dublin. He has a strong interest in the interplay between culture and politics. He was part of a four person...

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Cordelia McGeown – Make No Small Plans

Cordelia McGeown Make no small plans Cordelia is a final year student in Queen’s University Belfast reading History and International studies; she will be continuing her studies at Sciences Po Paris completing a Masters in European Affairs come August 2017. Cordelia...

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Domhnaill Harkin – Making the Most of DC

Domhnaill Harkin Making the Most of DC Domhnaill is currently studying a Higher Diploma in Social Policy in UCD and previously graduated from DCU with a Law degree. He is very interested in politics and is an active member of Young Fine Gael. Domhnaill previously held...

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Arlene Walsh Wallace – First Week with LiUNA

Arlene Walsh Wallace First Week with LiUNA Arlene is a second year Law and French student at Trinity College Dublin. She is a recipient of the All-Ireland Scholarship, and was awarded an Entrance Exhibition Scholarship upon entering Trinity. She has a keen interest in...

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Diana Oprea – The Urban Jazz Jungle

Diana Oprea The Urban Jazz Jungle Diana is currently in first year studying Global Business (Canada) in DCU. Born and raised in Romania, she welcomed Ireland as her home 6 years ago. Diana is passionate about global education and an advocate of the Sustainable...

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Martin McKiernan – Discomfort Drives Change

Martin McKiernan Discomfort drives change Martin is a law student at Ulster University. He has experience working in the voluntary and public sector with Citizens Advice and the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland. He is active in student politics...

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