On Saturday it was time to say good-bye to this beautiful country. We saw a lot, had great fun on the tour and enjoyed getting an insight in the cultural life and the history of Ireland.
On Friday we had a great experience in Belfast, visiting the Titanic Museum. As the ship was build here, we learned a lot about its history and the people behind the scenes. Also we had an insight of what it was like to be a passenger on this ship. Afterwards we saw a bit more of Belfast by hopping on and off the bus. Taking pictures and seing some of the famous murals of the city, which shows a lot of the history of Belfast, we went strolling through.
The day began quite early today, as the bus driver picked the group up at 7:30am from the Burren Hostel. Today they will be travelling up north to the see the famous Giant's Causeway with its beautiful landscape along the coast. Afterwards they will hopefully have good weather conditions to see the Carrig-a-Rede rope bridge, which links a tiny island with the mainland. The bridge spans over 20 metres and it's definitely an exciting experience to walk across it, 30 metres above the rocks and sea. Later they will be taken to the Vagabonds Hostel in Belfast.
A rainy morning but hopefully it will clear off later when the group will visit the famous Cliffs of Moher. In the morning they went to the Caherconnell Sheepdog Demonstration and then later to participate in a guided tour through one of the oldest caves in Ireland - the Aillwee Cave. In the evening they will enjoy some nice pizza at the Burren Smokehouse and some Irish trad music in a pub.
It is already the final day at the H2 College. At the end of the lessons our teachers will hand out the certificates and student reports. They will also reward the "Students of the week" with nice chocolates. In the afternoon they will head to West Cork and Kerry. They will stop in the beautiful village of Kenmare and will then go on along the stunning landscape of the Kilnarney National Park with stops at Moll's Gap and the "Ladie's View". In the evening they will enjoy a nice meal in the busy town of Kilarney.
The students are back at the H2 College for some lessons in Irish culture and other aspects of Ireland. Peter has prepared some Irish songs that the students will learn about, work at and sing along. The teachers have also prepared some role plays and games to improve the student's communication skills and everyday English. In the afternoon they will meet three members of the Gaelic Athletic Association who will teach them the rules of "Hurling" and "Gaelic Football". The students will also get a chance to lean how to use the "Hurley" and "Sliotar" and will actually play a game of Hurling at the end. The weather forcast ist excellent with sunshine all afternoon!
A sunny Sunday morning and a good opportunity to sleep in for some, other students went to the beach with their host families. In the afternoon they all met again to head to Blarney Castle - to kiss the famous "Blarney Stone", to stroll along the castle grounds and to buy some souvenirs. It was a lovely and relaxed afternoon with clear blue skies and sunshine.
It is the first morning at the H2 College in Minane Bridge where the students met their English teachers Lucy, Jackie, Peter and Colin. The students were asked to take a short placement test and were then divided into four smaller groups. The English lessons are now in full swing.
In the afternoon the group will head to Cork City for a guided tour to the main sights such as St. Finbarr's Cathedral, the Cork University Campus and the famous English Market. They will also have some free time later on. In the evening they will hopefully be lucky and win a small amount of money at the Greyhound Races! We keep our fingers crossed!
At 10am the hop-on and hop-off tour across Dublin started! It was a fun-filled tour with live commentaries and a great opportunity to learn more about Ireland's capital. Afterwards the students had some free time to grab lunch and go shopping on O'Connell Street and Grafton Street. In the afternoon the group headed down south to meet the host families in Carrigaline, County Cork. The students were welcomed and brought to their new "home" for the next few days. :-)
The students and their teachers of BG Kirchengasse arrived safe and sound to Dublin. They had a bite to eat and then went to the Gormanston Park Hostel for a good night's sleep.