: Daily Life Field Note
Abstract: Read about what life is life for an Irish girl!
Intro: What is daily life like?
Daily life in Ireland is, I think, pretty much the same as everywhere else. You get up and start back into your same old routine. For me, I get up in the morning, put on the kettle, which is a kitchen appliance that heats up water very quickly for tea or coffee, and then I scramble up an egg and throw it on the hob, or stove-top. (Sometimes if I am running late I will make my scrambled eggs in the microwave. You just mix it up in a mug and then put it in for about one minute, but you have to watch it closely because it will puff up really, really huge and can explode)!
While I am eating breakfast, I usually have the news on the telly and check my Facebook and emails for the day. After I eat breakfast, I hop into the bath and get ready for the day. Then I walk to the bus stop and get on to come to work at St. Vincent (the primary school). I usually listen to my iPod on the bus or read a book for the twenty-minute bus ride into Cork City. While I am at school it is a very busy day of teaching and helping the primary teacher with the lessons, but I really love being around children and cannot wait to have my own classroom! After school is done, I come home, help my mum make dinner, and work on preparing materials for the next day. Some nights I like to come back into the city and meet up with my friends and socialize if I get all of my work done.
What is your full name?
Hello, I am Ciara Kilcommons, pronounced “Kiera”, and I am 21 years old.
Where do you live? What is your house like?
I live in a house with my family to save money while I am finishing up my schooling. There are four bedrooms, a conservatory, living room, and kitchen. My house is actually in a park that happens to have 100 houses. It is in the suburbs of Cork City. My favorite thing about my house is my bedroom. It is my safe haven. It is just a simple bedroom, blue and purple walls with a decent sized bed. I have a lot of photos up on my walls of my friends and family and the places that I have traveled to, as well as places that I would like to travel to.
What is your family like?
My family is big. There are six of us. My mom’s name is Mary, my dad is Joe, my sister Chloe is 24, and my other sister, Sarah, is 16. I also have a younger brother, John, who is 10 years old. We all “get on” really well, which means that we get along really well and like to spend time together. Something special that we do as a family is every Sunday we have a big family dinner where we all help make the dinner throughout the day and then we sit down and eat it together. One of our favorites is roast chicken and potatoes.
How do you get around?
I either use a car, the city bus, or walk. To get into the city I usually use a car or the bus, but once I make it into the city it is actually a lot easier to just walk everywhere because everything is so close.
What types of clothing do you like to wear?
I like to wear casual clothes that look cute at the same time. One of my absolutely favorite things to wear is a scarf. The one that I am wearing is my favorite. It is just so big and comfy but it can be dressy at the same time. I really just like clothes in general. Anything will do. My closet is made up of mostly jeans, tops, dresses, scarves and shoes. My favorite types of shoes are runners, tennis shoes or converses. I usually wear my converses with everything, even dresses. I like to accessorize too with earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I love to read. I do not necessarily have a favorite author or series of books. I like to read anything and everything. I recently read The Hunger Games and really enjoyed those, but most of the time I like to read light, happy, funny and easy reads. I also love to hang out and go out with my girl friends. We will go into the city for the day and just go shopping. My favorite places to shop are Berska and Pennys. Berska is a Spanish shop that has really cute dresses and fancier stuff, but the prices are pretty reasonable. I am able to afford to shop there often because my sister works there and can get a discount on the clothing. I also love Pennys, which is very similar to JCPenny’s in America but the prices are a lot cheaper. I love Pennys because it has really catchy, modern, nice clothing, but the best thing about Pennys is the fact that the prices are super cheap. I got a really cute going out top for €5 and it is one of my favorite tops!
What language(s) do you speak? How do you say “Hello” in your language?
English and a tiny bit of Irish. Hello = Dia Dhuit How are you = conas atá tu
Do you have pets?
I have a cat. His name is tiger. He is lazy and does not like to get off of the couch.
Have you traveled? Where have you traveled to?
I have traveled and loved all of the places that I have visited. I have been to Spain, England, Portugal, Costa Del Sol, and Whales. My favorite place that I have traveled to so far has been Italy. Italy was my favorite for three main reasons. Number one: the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. I could have just spent the whole trip driving through the countryside taking in all of the beauty. Number two: the people in Italy are extremely genuine and very helpful. Finally I loved Italy because of the theme parks. We do not have anything like that here in Cork and it was such a blast!
What do you do for work?
Studying to be a teacher. Right now I am doing my field-work here at St. Vincent for 12 weeks, which is very similar to student teaching in the States. I also work at a coffee shop on the weekends to make a little extra money.
Is there anything else you would like to say to students in the United States?
I would say that life here is pretty much similar to life in the States. We get up and go to school, do our daily routines and like to do things that we enjoy during our free time. I would also like to say to take any opportunity that you can to travel. You will never regret going somewhere, but you will regret if you do not. Finally, studying and hard work do pay off in the end. Even if it seems unimportant at the time, you will be so thankful that you put in the effort down the road. Cheers!