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Bishop Ireton Student Accepted to Exclusive Study Abroad Program in Ireland

Bishop Ireton student Kaleigh Ballagh ’20 one of 18 students chosen nationally for University of Notre Dame Ireland program. (Photo: Bishop Ireton)

Alexandria, VA – Bishop Ireton student Kaleigh Ballagh ‘20 was recently accepted to the University of Notre Dame’s Ireland Study Abroad Program. This exclusive summer trip, which offers college-credit to participants, only accepts 18 students into the program each year.

“I’ve always wanted to travel to Ireland and learn more about its rich culture and history,” she said. “This is an amazing opportunity to study abroad with Notre Dame. I look forward to immersing myself in a new culture and experiencing the Emerald Isle firsthand. This will be an experience I will never forget.”

During this 12-day trip, participants discover the rich history and culture of both bustling Dublin and bucolic Connemara in Ireland. Guided by Notre Dame faculty and local scholars, including one of Ireland’s best-known scholars Kevin Whelan, students will embark on an exploration of Irish culture, history, and landscape through what Notre Dame’s O’Connell House calls “learning through the soles of your feet.”


Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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