TY trip to Dublin.

On Tuesday the 17th of October, Mr. Brennan, Ms. Scally and Ms. Brunker brought over 60 Transition Year students to Dublin.
While it was an early departure at 7am, students were ready to head off for the day. After a quick pit-stop at Enfield on the way up for some much needed refreshments and food, we headed towards our first destination, the EPIC Irish Emigration Museum near the Dublin Docklands.
The whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable and interactive. Students were given their own passports for the different stages/rooms that were in the museum. Each passport had to be stamped just like millions of Irish people before them had to do when leaving their homeland in search of a better life in the UK or the United States. There were 20 rooms in total at the museum that ranged from Irish culture, to icons, to Irish Sport around the world as well as our legacy in other countries. One of the favourite rooms for the students, and teachers, was the mock-up Irish bar where a much needed rest was taken listening to traditional Irish music in the background! The whole experience was immersive, creative and interactive, as well as educational. 
Next stop was Croke Park.  After getting group pictures under the watchful eye of Michael Cusack, our tour of Croke Park began. Groups were split into two and they were guided through the history of the iconic place, the dressing rooms, the warm up areas, the tunnels under the seats where the busses would arrive and then informative videos from past players were played. Students were then led out within touching distance of the hollowed ground! They got a chance to experience the vast, pristine and impressive stadium and got the opportunity to see how the grounds are maintained regularly. A chance to lift the Liam Mc Carty cup was also another highlight before being taken up to the heights of the Hogan stand. The Tour guides for each tour explained the history and significance along the way and were so helpful throughout the day. It was an incredible experience that everyone enjoyed.
The final stop was at The Liffey Valley Shopping Centre for some food and shopping. Many of the students got their Junior Cycle results earlier on today, so it was a last chance to get some shopping done for the celebrations that are happening now.  When we finally got back on the buses, we were treated to some great Abba classics and we sang all the way home. We arrived back home at 7.30pm just over 12hrs after we departed yesterday morning!
The students behaved impeccably throughout the day. Their conduct and manners were exceptional and they did themselves and St. Nathy’s College proud. 
Thanks must also be given to John and Vinny, our patient bus drivers from O’ Hara coaches who were amazing throughout the day, managing the traffic and bussing us to and from the different venues around Dublin city. Thank you very much.
A fantastic and busy day was had by all. Well done to  each and everyone who received their Junior Cycle results today. 

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