All went well and smoothly at the airport. The plane took off with a slight delay of 15 minutes. We hope that the AHS Rahlgasse group had an enjoyable time in Ireland and that the students are returning back with lots of good memories. We wish them all the best for their future – Many regards from the H2 Ireland Team – Mary, Gina, Michael, Lucy, Jackie, Brian, Colin and Lisa.
Early this morning, at around 5.30am, the students got up to get ready for their journey up to Dublin, the capital of Ireland! Their host families brought them to the bus stop and after they had said their farewells, they were on the way up to Dublin. It takes about 3.5 hours from Carrigaline. They will meet their tour guide on Nassau Street and will go on a bus tour across the city, passing the famous buildings such as the Post Office with ist bullet marks from the Easter Rising in 1916. They will also stop at the Phoenix Park – an urban park, lying 2–4 km west of the city centre, north of the River Liffey. Its 11 km perimeter wall encloses 707 hectares; it is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. The Pope came twice to hold mass there at a huge cross, once in 1979 and 2018. Afterwards the students will check into their hostel and will have some free time to enjoy and explore Dublin themselves.
Time is flying! It is already the last day of English lessons and the final lesson is nearly finished. The English teachers Lucy, Jackie, Brian and Colin are handing out the student reports and certificates. They will also award a prize to the four “Students of the week” (one student of each of the four groups). Who will it be? All of the students have shown a lot of commitment in speaking and learning English throughout the past four days. Our teachers are very happy with the progress they have made. Among other topics and tasks, they have played a lot of fun games, quizzes and charades with the students to really get them to practise and improve their English skills. The group will soon be picked up again by our bus driver. The students will spend some free time in Carrigaline this afternoon, going for coffee and cake and will later on meet their host families back at their homes. As it is the last day in County Cork, the students will have to pack their bags again – they will be sad leaving their Irish families. By the way: our host families have informed us that they were really happy with their students – “excellent”, “mannerly” and “appreciative” is what they said about them. Thumbs up!!!!
This morning at school our English teachers have prepared some interesting opics to get our students into debating mode. Let’s see what they have to say! Colin also brought his guitar and will be singing his famous “Jumbo Breakfast Roll” song with the students. It is about a man who loves his Irish breakfast but soon realised that it is not good for his health. When the lessons are finished the students will walk over to the GAA pitch in Minane Bridge. There they will meet three trainers (and members of the Gaelic Athletic Association) who will teach them the rules of Hurling and Gaelic Football. Hurlingis an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin and has been played for over 4,000 years. The objective of the game is for players to use a wooden (ash) stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponents’ goalposts. The sliotar can be caught in the hand and carried for not more than four steps, struck in the air, or struck on the ground with the hurley. It can be kicked, or slapped with an open hand (the hand pass) for short-range passing. Gaelic Football is similar to soccer but the ball can also be played with hands. The weather is sunny with a few clouds with thankfully no rain according to the weather forecast. We wish them all a fun time this afternoon!
The second day of English lessons is now completed and the students are off for a walk along the river leading from Carrigaline to Crosshaven. It is a beautiful path that used to be a railroad track which was converted into an recreational amenity. It leads along the Owenabue river and ends in the villageof Crosshaven . It is a lovely village with a really nice cafe called “River’s End” and several pubs. Crosshaven is also home to the oldest Yacht Club in the world which dates back to 1720. The sun is Shining again – so it will be a Pleasant walk. To refresh themselves the students might go for a coffee later on or will enjoy a typical portion of “Fish & Chips” at the chipper with the very interesting Name “Fips & Chish” :-).
Today is the first day of English lessons with Lucy, Jackie, Brian and Colin. A short placement test helped to divide the group into four smaller groups but also to get to know the students better. Our teachers are looking forward to working with them and will focus on improving their English skills by conducting role plays, quizzes, discussions and debates. Later on our bus driver will pick them up again and will bring them to Cork City for a guided tour and some free time afterwards. The weather is wonderful again (sunshine and blue skies) and hopefully it will get a little bit warmer (temperatures currently at around 16 degrees).
The weather was lovely – with sunshine and blues skies all day long! The students enjoyed sleeping in for a little longer than usual and some of them had a typical Irish breakfast which their host families had prepared especially for them. a “full Irish” would include sausages, black pudding, beans, tomatoes, fried egg and toast. We hope our students liked it :-). Some Families took their students to a nearby beach or went for a walk. There are many beautiful views dotted along the coastal area of Carrigaline, Fountainstown, Crosshaven and Mytleville. At 1pm the students and their teachers were picked up for a tour out to the cliffs at the “Old Head of Kinsale” and Garrettstown beach. They enjoyed spending some time taking in the stunning views onto the Atlantic Sea, coast and beaches in the distance. They then went to the pitoresque town of Kinsale with its pier, narrow streets, colourful houses, cafes and galleries. They met with our tour guides Chris and Dave who brought them on a “Historic Stroll”. They learned about pirates and the White Lady as well as about the battle of 1601. They had some free time afterwards to stroll around and to explore the town themselves.
The journey to Ireland went well. The AHS Rahlgasse with 48 students and their three teachers arrived to Dublin ahead of time. They went through the passport control and baggage claim without any delays and were then greeted by our bus driver Jack. It takes about four hours to drive south – at 11.15pm they arrived to Carrigaline where they were welcomed by our host families. Some of the students had a quick snack and a little chat with their host families but soon they went to bed to catch up on some sleep