Meet an Irish Studies Minor

Jessica Flynn pictured on the sea off the coast of Ireland

Jessica Flynn, Business Analytics major (Mendoza College of Business), with a Supplementary Major in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (College of Science) and a Minor in Irish Studies
2020 Recipient of The Donald and Marilyn Keough Award for Excellence in Irish Studies

Jessica’s courses included the Irish language as well as Irish anthropology and film. She was first introduced to Irish Studies and encouraged to explore it further by Professor Sarah McKibben, who taught Jessica’s University Seminar.

Jessica was a recipient of a competitive language award to study Irish language through the Summer Language Abroad Program and spent a memorable summer in Carraroe studying Irish at the NUI Galway Irish Summer School. Jessica studied abroad in University College Dublin the Fall term of her junior year. There, she completed an independent study in Irish language working closely with Elaine Ní Bhraonáin at the Dublin Global Gateway.

Eimear Clowry, Assistant Director of Notre Dame's Dublin Global Gateway, notes that Jessica took the time during her study-abroad experience to explore the Gaeltachtaí in Connemara and West Kerry.

“It is wonderful to see our Dublin Domers immerse themselves in our language and culture,” she says. “We are delighted to see Jessica recognised for her commitment to her Irish language studies. We are honoured to have shared that journey with her.”

In the fall, Jessica will work as a data scientist for Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C.