Mannin beach between near Ballyconneely in Connemara Co Galway. Several US colleges have based their ‘study abroad’  modules in the wider area as a partnership with the Connemara Wes, community development organisation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

When Prof Deborah Wickering comes across the name “Tully” back in Michigan’s Grand Rapids, her heart skips a little beat and she thinks of Connemara. (...)