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MA Musings #1 or I Can’t Believe I’ve Moved to Ireland

September 25, 2020
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I figured that I am long overdue in updating this blog of mine for my family, friends, and followers. I know for all of us, it has been a long and weary past six months with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic with no break on the horizon. I hope this email finds you in good health but I’ll say no more or I’ll risk sounding like the prelude of a Jane Austen letter!

I figured it would be good to inform everyone, if you don’t already know from social media, that I have moved to Ireland. That’s right, I’VE MOVED TO IRELAND. *Cue trumpet fanfare.* It’s hard to believe I finally get to type those words after years of dreaming. The dream has become reality and I am beyond excited despite the unusual outer circumstances of the pandemic. 

The entrance to the St. Patrick’s College cemetery.

I am honored to have been awarded a Fulbright award to pursue a Master’s degree in Irish Traditional Music this academic year. I won’t bore you with the details since I don’t even know them yet, but I’m settled in Maynooth and on board for wherever this wild ride of a year takes me. I feel utterly honored and blessed to be here and pursuing this crazy dream of mine. Many things are uncertain, as you can imagine, but I’m ready to be creative and make the best out of whatever comes. 

The beautiful St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth.

Thank you, dear readers, for coming along on this adventure with me. I’ll be writing regularly with photos and stories as I go along. I hope these little updates bring a little unexpected joy and beauty into your life. 


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Round Ireland With a Harp

May 16, 2017

Hannah Flowers

Suitcase (check!) Harp (check!) Camera (check!) I’m almost ready…

T-minus seventeen days until I hop on a plane and head back to Ireland for the summer. Where has time gone?

For those of you who don’t know, I learned a few months ago that I was awarded a Gaeltacht Summer Awards grant through the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange (Yes, it’s a mouthful) to study the Irish language at Oideas Gael in Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal. Along with the time I will be spending in Donegal, I am also playing harp for a choir tour of Northern Ireland during the first two weeks of June, going to a summer school for traditional music, and visiting some friends down in Waterford. Suffice to say it’s going to be a busy summer!

When I was in Northern Ireland last summer I started a blog to write about my adventures: However, that blog is now officially moved here to my website and I will be posting updates and ramblings as frequently as I can during the summer. Please check back frequently for new posts and updates!