Posted by: gillroe | March 1, 2011


Next week, Dallas gets a head-start on its St. Patrick’s Day festivities as Irish international rugby star Frankie Sheahan and representatives from Irish Universities hit the city to showcase Ireland’s world-class higher-education opportunities. Sheahan, a graduate of University College Cork and one of Ireland’s most popular and entertaining motivational speakers, will address two events hosted by Education in Ireland. His talk will focus on how sports shaped his college experience and created a foundation for his career success.

Both events will be held in city center venue Arlington Hall at Lee Park, 3333 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas.  The first is a student fair on Tues. March 8 from 4:00-8:00 p.m.; the second is an invitation-only breakfast briefing for high-school principals and counselors on Wed. March 9 from 8:00-9:30 a.m.

The following universities will be represented on the tour: Dublin City University, National University of Ireland Galway, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin and the University of Limerick. Many share an association with Texas-based colleges, including Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M, Texas Tech University, The University of Texas at Austin, and The University of Texas at Dallas. Just last week, the National University of Ireland Maynooth was chosen by The Princeton Review for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of its annual “best colleges” guidebook, “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition”.

Ireland: A top destination for international students:

Today, more international students than ever are choosing Irish Universities for their undergraduate degrees. Beyond a reputation for producing distinguished career-ready graduates with top-class, universally accepted qualifications, students are drawn to the country for its generous hospitality, cultural traditions, diverse outdoor activities and a vibrant young population. In fact, Lonely Planet ranked Ireland as the World’s Friendliest Country in 2008 and 2010. They’re especially attracted by the country’s reputation for excellence in the liberal arts. From language and literature to film and theater, Ireland’s universities consistently produce renowned intellectuals and thought-leaders that inspire, enlighten and entertain the world. Among the full-time US students, nearly 50 percent are liberal arts majors—pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees at an affordable cost. They benefit from a network of international offices with academic, administrative and specialist staff dedicated to fully supporting them throughout their time in Ireland. They also gain from unprecedented access to the extensive European networks supported by the Erasmus program. With interdisciplinary combinations that range from digital humanities to the latest nano-technologies, Irish universities have empowered generations of students with the knowledge and expertise that helped advance Ireland’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. It is the highly educated, English-speaking workforce and culture of entrepreneurship that compelled top technology companies like Intel, Cisco, Facebook and Google to plant substantial operations in Ireland.

Irish universities are bridged with US counterparts in virtually every state, making the US Ireland’s top academic partner. For the US institutions, the relationships offer a unique portal to Europe, further expanding the reach of their entrepreneurial researchers. And in the connected classrooms and research labs, students are benefiting from a globalized education experience. The student fair is open to high-school students, parents, principals and other parties interested in learning more about the Irish student experience and getting practical tips on how to apply to Irish institutions, and access financial aid. To register for the event, please email: or sign up through the Education in Ireland Facebook page.

To learn more about Education in Ireland, please visit


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