University photographer Matt Cashore ’94 has traveled to Dublin taken thousands of photographs of the city and of Irish life that will soon be available in the Hesburgh Library for students’ use. The best of these also will appear in a book scheduled for release in late November: Notre Dame’s Happy Returns: Dublin, The Experience, The Game.
The book offers an illustrated history of Dublin and an essay on Notre Dame’s growing presence in Ireland through O’Connell House, the Alliance for Catholic Education, Teach Bhríde, a lay Catholic community for music and youth ministry launched by Notre Dame Folk Choir director Steve Warner ’80M.A., and numerous academic programs like the annual Irish Seminar, which lead author and Professor Brian Ó Conchubhair calls “the gateway into Irish Studies academia” for doctoral students and junior faculty around the world.
A third section chronicles American football in Ireland, culminating in the September 1 game against Navy. “If you went to the game, here’s a memoir,” Ó Conchubhair says in describing the project. “If you didn’t go to the game, here’s what you missed.” The book was co-authored by Susan Mullen Guibert ’87, ’93 M.A.