Delphi 2011Friday 17 June the excited 6th class set off for Athlone train station again. Ms Dowd and Ms Fallon in tow again. We all boarded the train to Westport at 8:55 and yawned for the first half hour. The sun was shining and all looked good for a lovely sunny break in the West of Ireland….what more could you ask for…. We arrived in Westport and were met promptly by a coach that brought us on a rollercoaster ride to the Delphi Adventure Centre. Just as we arrived, so did the rain and it didnt let up until we arrived back in Athlone again. That was not to prevent the children having fun. The children got fed on arrival and immediately set off on their first excursion….the fun began….they were split into 2 groups for some activities. That evening they all gathered in the games room to watch videos before heading off to bed. The plan was to “pull an all-niher”…but alas the sleep won and by 3:15 the snores could be heard in the halls and Ms Dowd and Ms Fallon could hit their beds. No allowances were made for lack of sleep and all had to rise and shine for breakfast, packing and the next activity. We eventually boarded the coach and made our long trip East again where the sun welcomed us home again. The eager parents awaited us on the platform and we distributed the shattered children to them. A fun time was had by all….. Ní dheanfaidh mé dearmad ar an lá sin go deo! Delphi…….HERE WE COME!!!
On Friday the 18th of June the 6th class made there way to the train station in Athlone to start off their over night adventure to Delphi, Westport, Co Mayo. Ms Dowd (class teacher) and Ms Fallon were there to meet them as they planned a relaxing and entertaining 24hr ahead of them. Was that to be???? All boarded the train with the exception of one child who delayed a little as he waved “bye bye to mammy”. The fun was about to begin. The train took 2 hrs and we then climbed aboard a rickety rackety mini bus to venture up and down the narrow roads near Leenane. We felt every bump, pothole or blade of grass that lay on the roads. But what about it…..the sun was shining high in the sky.
On our arrival we came face to face with Mr Scally (RosemountNS) and his troops as they were departing the centre. With great advice exchanged, and well wishes we parted company. After rolling out of the bus we were introduced to DEANO…..who was our guide for the next 24hrs. He was great with the kids and they loved him. After unloading bags and changing, the children went on their first adventure….Kayaking/canoeing in Killary Harbour, in the only Fjord in Ireland—Killary Fjord. The fun continued until late into the evening, with many activities (Abseiling,High ropes, Archery, Mountain Climbing…. to name just a few) and plenty of food.
After a very exhausting day the children relaxed in a games room over looking the tallest mountains in Connemara – the majestic Mewelra Mountain range – Fantastic view. Finally all were ready for bed….
With an early start and a full belly, the children set off on another adventure … Jacobs Ladder……This was fun and the girls put the guys to shame when they reached the top with great effort and team work!!!!.
Finally our time to go…..How sad. All vowed to go back. It was a long trip home on a full train but with the sight of smiling family faces awaiting them, the children were delira to leave the shattered teachers again.
A great time was had by all.
Nach deas an saol a tá acu!!!!