Education combined with fun, that’s the way to learn. The Fifth and Sixth Year Leaving CertIficate Applied Classes in Coláíste Iosagáin, Portarlington recently had a fantastic day out in Dublin.
They started early in the morning being picked up by Joe Whelan in his familiar 50 seater bus, heading straight for Kildare St in Dublin. First stop was a fascinating visit to see the Bog Bodies Exhibition in the National Museum, a must-see for any students visiting from Laois/Offaly.
The group were joined by Eddie Fitzpatrick, local Portarlington County Councillor, who has strong ties to the school and has just completed his term as Chairman of the Parents’ Council. Eddie brought the group into the grounds of Leinster House where they were greeted by Laois/Offaly TD Barry Cowen. Barry hosted a short tour of the House, and then escorted the group to the viewing balcony in the Dail. The group witnessed a fascinating Leaders Questions with the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, FF Leader Micheal Martin, and Gerry Adams, amongst others. The Ceann Comhairle, Sean Barrett, was chairing proceedings. The group then proceeded to the Senate Chamber, to witness a debate packed with Senators. On the way out of Leinster House, we were greeted by Brian Stanley TD (SF).
The Colaiste Iosagain group then trooped back into Joe’s bus, and on to Dundrum Shopping Centre. At the cinema, the boys (plus Leah), accompanied by Mr Smith, decided to go to ‘Tower Heist’, and the girls, with Ms Browne, went to see the latest Twilight movie. The group rejoined afterwards, got a little shopping done, a quick visit to McDonalds / KFC, and then on to the Ice Skating Rink.
Great skill was shown by all, mostly on the ice, although some showed great skill at hugging a handrail, and everyone had a fantastic time. All the falls, scrapes, turns and pirouettes were captured on camera by Mr Smith.
After a quick change of shoes it was back out to the bus and out on to the M50. Then the Karaoke started with students and teachers doing some mean impressions in what turned out to be a very enjoyable journey home.