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Eoin O Suilleabháin
Tell us about yourself?

My name is Eoin ó Súilleabháin, and I was born and bred in Cork city. I graduated from the BA programme in 2006 with a degree in Gaeilge and Media studies. I returned to my Alma Mater the following February to commence study as a Postgraduate in primary education, and I hope to graduate from this course later this year. I am a true sports follower, be it GAA, soccer, NFL or anything really. I’ve played GAA all my life at home, and on becoming a MIC student, I’ve also played here. I also have a keen interest in socialising (who doesn’t!) and I enjoy going to the cinema as well. My chosen subjects in 1st year BA were Gaeilge, Media & Communication studies, Léann Dúchais and French, and I chose to keep Gaeilge and Media through to 4thyear, basically because of my sense of patriotism and curiosity! The friends I have made over the years have played a significant part in my life, and I will always look back on my time in MIC fondly.

 

Tell us about your time in Mary Immaculate College?

I chose MIC for a number of reasons. Firstly, I wanted to get away from home and enjoy the college experience, and also to get a bit of independence for myself. Another major influence was the college housing both B.Ed’s and B.A’s together, which provided me with an opportunity to pursue my own study and also observe the course I was to follow on to. I also managed to set up a great basis of notes, lesson plans and folders from past students! I spent my Co-op year in Glanmire, Cork. It was easily the best year of my course, and cemented in my mind that teaching was for me. I gained practical experience that year, organising sports and study, and subbing in both the Primary (Scoil na n-Óg) and Secondary (Coláiste an Phiarsaigh) schools. In my opinion, the Co-op year is the main advantage that our BA course holds over the BA in UCC, NUIG or anywhere else. It’s a great opportunity to experience the real world before you are thrown head first into it after graduation.

 

One memory that stands out in your mind from your time in MIC?

There are many, many memories which will stay with me. RAG weeks, GAA matches, graduation balls, etc. But here are three of the best:

In the ‘old lounge’, 1st year RAG week, and Picture house are playing. I am standing on one of the leather seats next to a group of 4thyear BA girls who are bawling their eyes out and screaming, quote “We finally have a RAG week! After 4 f**king years!”

Taking part in an eating competition and having to swallow vile concoctions of food, only to win a slab of Blue WKD which I couldn’t drink because I was too sick!

Falling head over heels for a girl I met during my time as a BA student.

Those are the memories which will stay with me forever.

 

A member of staff who had an affect or made an impression on you during your time in MIC?

Breandán O Cróinín. The man was my saviour at FYP time. I had been so far behind with my FYP, he basically got me a weeks extension, and gave up his own time to supervise me, proof-read my FYP, and help me with anything I needed. I am forever grateful.

 

What changes would you like to see within MIC?

If too much changes, this place will lose its MIC-ness! You all know what I mean! But some minor changes, like maybe more computers, parking spaces, etc. But other than that, it’s fine.

 

Do you maintain a relationship with MIC today?

I am still a student here! But, when I do eventually leave, I hope to maintain a relationship with the college.

 

What is your current occupation?

Student

 

What are your hopes/ plans for the future?

Work to pay off 6 years of student debt!

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