Many different cultural trips and fun activities are incorporated into all of our English language programmes
Naturally, a big emphasis is placed on Irish cultural activities – Irish dancing, Celtic drawing, Stained Glass Window design, Irish basket weaving and Feadóg lessons among others. The feadóg is a traditional, Irish musical instrument similar to the tin whistle. All students then get to take home their feadóg as a memory of Ireland. There are also sports activities at least twice a week, including swimming in the local indoor-heated pool, uni-hockey, football, basketball, volleyball, rounders and many more.
Other fun activities include bowling, trips to the cinema, fun sports days with prizes, a treasure hunt to get to know the local area, bingo and class parties.
Different types of cultural trips and tours are offered depending on availability and season. For summer groups, there is normally a half-day tour on Wednesday afternoons to somewhere relatively nearby such as Belvedere House or the Heritage Park at Dún na Sí in Moate, Co. Westmeath. On Saturdays, students go on a full-day tour further afield. These full-day tours include shopping time in the cities as well as an excursion to locations of historical or cultural interest.
Some of the Tourist Attractions we visit
Every tour is fun, but each also has its own cultural and educational aspects. Students are prepared for their tour during the week by their teacher. The following is a sample list of cultural trips:-
- Galway City
- Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare
- Bunratty Castle, Co. Clare
- Athenry Heritage Centre, Co. Galway
- Kilkenny City and Castle
- Dunmore Caves, Co. Kilkenny
- Dublin City – to include Trinity College
- Walking Tour of Dublin City
- Dublin Science Museum
- National History Museum Dublin
- Lough Key Forest Park, Co. Roscommon
- Clonmacnoise Monastic Ruins, Co. Offaly
- Belvedere House and Gardens and Park, Co. Westmeath
- Causey Farm, Co. Meath
- Locke’s Distillery, Co. Westmeath