The students had an early start as the departure of the bus back to Dublin Airport was scheduled for 5.30am. The plane to Vienna took off with a slight delay of apprx. 25 minutes. We hope that the students had a nice time in Ireland and that they enjoyed the west coast with its beautiful landscape. Best wishes from the H2:IRL team.
Today is the final day of English lessons at the “CBS The Green School” in Tralee. At the end of the lessons at 4pm they will walk over to the Brandon Hotel & Spa for some typical Irish scones and tea. Truly Irish scones are made in the fashion of white soda bread; combining plain flour, bread soda, salt and buttermilk. They are cut in half and served with freshly whipped cream (and or butter) and jam. Many Irish households would make scones themselves or would have a scone with a cup of tea in a restaurant or cafe. Afterwards the students will have some free time to go shopping and to stroll around town. In the evening, after dinner with their host families, the students will go to the greyhound races at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium in Tralee to place bets on those famous greyhounds
On the second day of English lessons the students learnt a lot about Ireland, its sights, history and culture. In the evening they enjoyed a “ceili” dance lesson where they were taught some typical Irish folk dances. A cèilidh or céilí is a traditional Irish social gathering. In its most basic form, it simply means a social visit. In contemporary usage, it usually involves dancing and playing Gaelic folk music, either at a house party or a larger concert at a social hall or other community gathering place. It is a lot of fun to dance along the sweeping rythms of the Irish traditional music and to follow the beat with the feet and body accordingly!
As it is Sunday, the students were able to sleep in a little longer and enjoy a relaxed morning with their host families. They had a bit more time to talk with them about Ireland and Austria and to get to know each other a bit more. At midday they went on a half day excursion to Killarney, the Killarney National Park and Torc Waterfall. Unfortunately it was typical Irish weather with lots of rain … raining “cats & dogs”! Hopefully the weather will improve as the week continues.
Saturday was the first day in school where the students met their English teachers. After a short placement test the lessons were underway for two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon with a lunch break in between. Later on, the group went on a treasure hunt across Tralee where they had to answer questions and talk to people in town. In the evening they were picked up again by their host families and the students enjoyed a nice dinner with them.
On their first day in Tralee the group went on an excursion to the beautiful Dingle peninsula. They stopped in Dingle town for a stroll around and went on a boat trip in the harbour area and were very lucky: they got to see the famous Fungie-Dolphin! It has been living in the Dingle bay for over 20 years and is a friendly dolphin who comes out very often to greet the locals and tourists! Later on they went along Slea Head Drive and enjoyed the fantastic landscape with lots of beautiful views over the the Atlantic Sea, lots of bays and sandy beaches, green fields and rough cliffs and coastal lines. The sun came out in the afternoon and some of the students tested the water by dipping in their feet!
After the breakfast the students were picked up by the bus again and the tour guide Mary showed them around the City of Dublin, passing various sights. The weather was nice and sunny and therefore the group enjoyed a stop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Later on the students had some free time to explore Dublin themselves, walking along Grafton Street with many nice fashion shops and lots of buskers making music on the streets. In the afternoon they were picked up by the bus again and they headed off to the west coast of Ireland, to Tralee in County Kerry. When they arrived in the evening they were welcomed by their host families for the week.
Die EBG Hollabrunn group with 40 students and their three teachers arrived to Dublin with a slight delay of half an hour. They were picked up by the bus driver who brought them the hostel in Dublin. After the check-in the group went out to take a first look around Ireland’s capital: the main street – O’Connell Street – is just a few blocks away from the hostel.