Trip to Galway and Aran Islands

On the afternoon of Thursday 18th October, a small group of Transition Year students accompanied by their teachers Ms. Nic Enri and Ms. Johnston, arrived at Kinlay House Hostel in Eyre Square Galway. They had spent an enjoyable five hours travelling across the midlands by train.

Following an early start the next morning, the DGS group travelled by boat to Inis Mor where a native islander took them on a guided tour of this remote island, home to 200 Irish speaking inhabitants.    The landscape is remarkably different from Co. Louth – no hedges, no trees and small fields surrounded by stone walls.  The town centre comprises of a bank which opens only on a Wednesday.  It also has a couple of restaurants and craft shops.  Teachers and studenst walked to the top of Dun Aengus, an ancient Irish fort.  They departed the island in the evening and returned to the city where they enjoyed a meal before returning to the nearby hostel.

On Saturday morning they had a guided bus tour showing the main sites of Galway city. This was followed by a much enjoyed opportunity for some retail therapy. In the pleasant afternoon sunshine, they relaxed on a cruise up to Lough Corrib. They finished off the day with a trip to the cinema.

The group returned back to Dundalk on Sunday tired, but everyone in agreement that they had had an immensely memorable trip.  Many thanks to their two teachers who made this opportunity possible.

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