A GROUP of visiting students from the European School of Luxembourg recently savoured the sights and sounds of West Cork on a school trip organised by their two West Cork-born teachers, Sinéad O’Donovan from Newcestown and former Rose of Tralee Nicole McEvoy from Kinsale.
Both women have been teaching at the European School of Luxembourg for several years and they both decided to include Ireland in their school trip for the students of Year 6 – the equivalent of 5th year here.
From whale watching off Baltimore, to getting to grips with ceilí dancing in Skibbereen, the students and their West Cork teachers certainly had a ball.
‘Every single person we encountered from Bert and Annie who organised our ceilí class in Skibbereen, to Nic Slocum of Whale Watch West Cork was friendly, accommodating and excited to see us. The students were also blown away by the Irish welcome which truly is very special,’ Sinéad O’Donovan told The Southern Star.
‘Our Swedish colleague Ové Larsson couldn’t get over how wonderful everything was, and especially the Irish food. We are so grateful to everyone who helped make this trip an unforgettable one for us and for our students.’
The students and teachers stayed at Kinsale Holiday Village and were chauffeured around the county by Vincent from O’Connor’s Coaches in Kilbrittain.
The students also tried out surfing in Inchydoney, kayaking around Kinsale, as well as taking in the town’s Ghost Tour and a visit to Charles Fort.
On their last day they kissed the Blarney Stone, visited the Titanic Experience in Cobh and went greyhound racing at Curaheen Park.
‘We now hope to include Ireland every year as part of the Year 6 trip options, and we really have so much to be proud of in Ireland. On top of that list is the warmth of its people,’ added Sinéad.