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I attend the National University of Ireland: Galway. The large school of about 17,000 students total is home to approximately… More

Allison H. NUI Galway, Ireland


Allison H.


NUI Galway, Ireland


Welcome to my blog! My name is Allison Harpole. I am a born and raised Southerner from Kentucky attending school at Belmont University located in Nashville, Tennessee. This year, I am a junior majoring in public relations and minoring in history. I am an avid equestrian, photographer, history lover, traveler, and animal enthusiast. My love for Ireland has existed since my childhood years and continues to flourish today. Therefore, I am making my dreams come true and studying in Galway, Ireland for the semester!

Week by Week

Allison H. May 7, 2015

I attend the National University of Ireland: Galway. The large school of about 17,000 students total is home to approximately 400 American students this semester, several hundred Erasmus students (study abroad students from other European countries),… More

Left with a Humbled Heart

Allison H. May 4, 2015

Of all of my trips through the semester, the trip to Belfast tugged at my heartstrings the most and opened my eyes to a culture damaged by chaos and violence yet living life in the moment. I was excited to visit the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland… More

Joining the Hunt

Allison H. April 23, 2015

January 31, 2015 One... My hands clenched to the reins and my heart raced. Two... I took a deep breath and clucked my horse forward. Three... I watched as my horse cuffed his legs and glided over the stonewall. I pushed my body into two-point position… More

And We Danced All Night

Allison H. April 20, 2015

January 27, 2015 My eyes grew more and more tired by the minute. I let out a slight yawn and covered my mouth to try to hide it. I rested my head on my hand and debated my plans for the night. Arie and Sarah want to go to a “silent disco” after listening… More

A Hike to a Castle

Allison H. April 6, 2015

January 25, 2015 For our last day in Clifden, Gabbi and I came up with different options to spend our remaining time. We asked our host about suggestions for the day. Depending on what we chose to do, Gabbi and I could take the 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. bus back… More

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