Our 4th year students recently covered a lot of kilometres in the beautiful landscape of north Connemara. 24 students from 4th year and 5 students from 5th year traveled to the Killary Adventure centre to experience an adventure journey challenge as part of their Gaisce programme. 4th Year Head, Orla Ni Shuilleabhain and Guidance Counsellor Mary Dorgan accompanied the group on their action packed weekend.
Sunday’s first day of hiking left everyone drenched and muddy and was cut a little short to avoid the gale force winds expected. However, the weather outside was soon forgotten after a home cooked dinner in centre and an evening packed with games and team building activities.
Monday’s walk got off to a late start as students took cover inside to allow the the thunder and lightening to pass before setting out on their 17km trek. In typical Connemara fashion the weather changed from hail stones to sunshine and back constantly and the rain gear proved invaluable.
Along the way, tour guides Paul, Antonio and Lyndsey gave students a hand with their map reading skills and drew their attention to the nature of the area.
Everyone arrived back at the centre for homemade soup before boarding the bus home. The group arrived back in Dublin at 10.30pm with a sense of pride the such a significant part of their Gaisce award was already completed. Well done to everyone involved!