About the author

Nicholas Boonstra

Nicholas is a freelance writer based out of the Greater Boston, Massachusetts area. He avidly loves all things Irish, and also keeps himself involved with music, faith, and West Ham United. He is ecstatic to be part of the Babylon team, and is proud to bring his own American flair to it!


Taking a Break: Choosing a Major in Five Years or Less

By Nicholas Boonstra / August 5, 2020

It’s August, and that means that a new school year is right around the corner. Now, the Coronavirus pandemic means that this new term won’t look quite like most have before. This is especially true for the incoming class of first-years. One time-honoured question remains the same for these new students, however: “How on Earth […]


NY GAA during the COVID-19 Pandemic: One Man’s Story

By Nicholas Boonstra / July 31, 2020

Shane Hogan didn’t always think he was cut out for Gaelic football. The brother of a footballer, son of a hurler and grandson of the founder of the St Barnabas GFC in New York, one would think that the Gaelic games should be in his blood. However, his first experience picking up a ball was […]


Preserving Irish must go beyond the education system

By Nicholas Boonstra / July 23, 2020

Cultures are built on languages, and learning a new language opens doors to new cultures. Ola Majekodunmi was born in Nigeria but immigrated to Ireland with her family at a young age. She relates how glad she is that her family enrolled her in a Gaelscoil despite the resistance that many people of colour face […]


Apps like Duolingo make lockdown the time to learn a language

By Nicholas Boonstra / July 13, 2020

With Coronavirus cases starting to spike in certain parts of the world, it looks like lockdown life might still be around for a while. But this does not need to be a bad thing! Many are looking for new activities to keep themselves sharp… or at least distracted. One such activity — one that I’ve been […]


An American in Dublin: 5 surprises in Ireland’s capital

By Nicholas Boonstra / July 8, 2020

It was about this time last year that I was getting ready for my first ever trip to Dublin. As an American with Irish roots, I anticipated that the trip would be unlike anything I had ever experienced. Of course, it was a dream! I even found that the city surprised me in some interesting […]