The Irish Sophia Meeting in May-June 2019
We had one reunion in May and one more in June during refreshing Irish summer.
On 7th of May three of us, Ms Honami Kimura, Walker and Tanaka had lunch together to say farewell to Ms Kimura. We really enjoyed Vietnamese food and plenty of chat in the center of Dublin.
Ms Kimura (4th year, Faculty of Global Studies) had been studying in DCU (Dublin City University) since last September on a one year exchange program.
She was very interested in Irish History and political conflicts before coming to Ireland. So she intentionally chose some lectures related to those and found them very interesting and gained more knowledge. In her private time she performed music and dance at many occasions and experienced great pleasure with everybody she was with. The stories of her life in Ireland were so exciting and stimulating.
On 19th of June we had a joint reunion in a Thai restaurant in Dublin with Senior Sophians who visited Ireland to travel. 11 people in total came to Ireland from Japan and France, some are those who came to Ireland in 2015 to celebrate Father Doyle's 50 years' ordination and for the others it was their first visit to Ireland. They spent 10 days here.
First they visited County Wicklow blessed with plenty of natural beauty where Tanaka lives and they adventured mountain walking.
Then they headed for the west of Ireland and visited number of places including Bunratty Castle and Folk Park , Ennis, Cliffs of Moher, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Galway, Inish Mor (one of Aran Islands), Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Westport and Clonmacnois which is a famous early period monastic site associated with St. Ciaran.
Tanaka accompanied them on the whole journey.
About 50 km of walk in total was done with energy under the incredible fabulous weather throughout.
This reunion held on 19th was the last event on the night before their departure from Ireland.
Then a huge surprise happened during.
Father Doyle suddenly showed up in the restaurant.
We instantly asked each other [did you know Father Doyle was turning up tonight?] ... It turned out that nobody knew he was coming.
He just arrived to Ireland from Tokyo the day before and popped into to say hello to everybody. It was so sweet of him!
We all had a great time together and thanked again to our fantastic relationship being an Sophian.
Mizue Walker ( Faculty of Foreign Studies, Russian Studies, 1988 )
Sachiko Tanaka ( Faculty of Foreign Studies, French Studies, 1982 )