irlandaOn June 27, a group of 10 students and 2 teachers from the IPIA Don Bosco high-school took part on a two-weeks trip to Dublin, Ireland. While there, the group attended a 40-hours class of General English after a placement test to assess their language level.
Every afternoon, the group was involved in a selection of activities. At first they visited the city centre of Dublin with its wonderful bridges and monuments, such as the eye-catching Spire, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland, Dublin castle, now a major Irish government complex, the Guinness Storehouse, seven floors surrounding a glass atrium shaped in the form of a pint of Guinness.

The group also visited the Croke Park Stadium, that helped them to know better about Irish sports, such as hurley and Gaelic football. They went to Dún Laoghaire, a suburban seaside town and they took a two-hour walk from Bray, a seaside resort, to Greystones, a coastal town with one kilometre of grey stones between two beaches on the Irish sea front.

In the evening the group melted into the Irish cultural nightlife with its beautiful pubs and leisure centres.

During the week-end the group went on a full-day excursion in Galway Bay and the Cliffs of Moher: absolutely stunning! Moreover, it also took part in a full-day Celtic tour that included: a walk on Tara hill, the Loughcrew Portal Tomb, Trim Castle - Braveheart was filmed there! - the Monasterboice cemetery and the beautiful St. Peter’s church in Drogheda.

Here are few thoughts from the students: “I didn’t want to go to Ireland at first and initially I found difficulties in understanding the context and the language, but then my friends and I opened our minds and it was all good, we all enjoyed it.”

“Dublin was amazing and I learnt a lot of things that I didn’t know before. Moreover, I met new people and with them I could put into practice what I was taught during the English classes.”

“I enjoyed myself so much and I learnt lot of things! All in all, this trip made me more independent and made me think that I would really like to travel a lot: I am really looking forward to discovering new places in the future.”

“I will definitely go back to Ireland next year and spend at least a month there: even though Dublin is nice, I don’t like visiting cities so much, but I loved the astonishing and wild Irish nature.”