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Day 8: Free day with host families

Day 8 Free day with host families

Today was a free day with the host families. Some students went to see the Munster vs. Glasgow match in Thomand Park and there was a surprise birthday party for Amanda Curtin that night!


Day 7 - Surf's Up!

Today everyone was up bright and early for a trip to Clare! All the students were on the bus at eight and heading for Lahinch.

When they reached Lahinch they were met by our 2 surfing instructors. They gave them their wet suits and surf boards and they all went down to the beach for a lesson. There we learnt the basics of surfing and after a quick safety brief they were all heading into the water dreading the cold! 

After lunch in Lahinch everyone was back on the bus bound for the Cliffs of Moher! After a short bus ride they headed off on to the cliffs and explored one of the natural wonders of the world. Both the Americans and Irish were astounded by the beautiful sites and got some great pictures.

They then went to Bunratty. After a tour of the ancient castle they went out and explored the beautiful folk park and gardens. The Americans then got the chance to buy all their souvenirs in Meadows & Byrne or sample some Irish cuisine in Dirty Nelly’s!





Day 5 - Shout Out, Presentations and Trad Night


Today the Irish had classes as usual from periods one to four while the Americans put the finishing touches on their presentations that were to be presented later.

 For periods five and six the Americans worked with Mr. Kelly and the Media and Production super option team to record their ‘Shout Out!’ video.

At two o’clock the Americans made their presentations to a group of students and teachers. There were presentations on slang, food, history, sport, pastimes and music! They even got the treat of hearing Stefanie Jacobson sing an American classic!

At half seven all the students on the exchange, their families and friends and even some teachers all met up in the Locke bar for a night of traditional Irish music! The school trad band was excellent as usual and we even had some students sing. It was a great night enjoyed by all!

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Day 6 - Sports Day

Today was the Americans students first time visiting UL and we also had our annual sports day on! They were very impressed with the grounds and excited to take part.

Some of the activities the Americans won were: wheelbarrow race, basketball and tug of war. They also tried out rugby and had a match with a mix of all years! However, the Irish were victorious in the Ireland V USA tug o war challenge!! They met with loads more students from school and made new friends!



Day 4 - Blarney and Cork City

Today was a very eventful day. The American students shadowed the Irish kids for the first class until 9:30 where they enjoyed the options Irish have including history, business, physics and much more. After the first class the Americans along with the ambassadors headed off too The model school!

Everyone enjoyed the model school. We were greeted by the principle where students showed the Americans how to play hurling and football. It was then followed by a brief history of the school. The best was saved for last though, we then got to interact with all the students at lunch time. Kids were excited to meet the Americans and learn about them. Before we left we went into the 2nd class where they preformed some of their first holy communion tunes on the tin whistle. For some of the Americans it was their first time hearing Irish traditional music and they all loved it!

We then returned to the school at 12:10 where we got lunch and everyone changed from their uniform into normal clothes to get ready for the evening activity which was a visit to Blarney castle and Blarney Stone.

Our first stop in cork was Blarney Castle. We were greeted by beautiful gardens and scenery. Everyone proceeded to go to Blarney castle and kiss the stone. We were all taken back by how high up we were and the processes of kissing the rock! We took plenty of photos and videos while visiting.

After visiting Blarney Stone we had two hours to explore cork city. We split into small groups there. Some people shopped and got some food! The Americans also got to experience the English Market and other attractions around the town!

We had a great day over all, everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and are now exhausted!



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