It was a very busy day today, with lots of activities with our global Irish summer campers. We began after breakfast with a class about Irish songs and ballads with Niamh and her trusty guitar. Many of our students were familiar with songs such as 'The City of Chicago' and 'I'll tell me Ma' but we had a few local ones to add to the mix, and the current favourite which is obsessing everyone, is a hip-hop/celtic rock tune called 'Skinny Jeans and a GAA Jersey'
After the singing, it was time for the bog! Our colleague, Eoin, treated the students to the experience of a morning in a working bog, turning and stacking the turf, as generations of Irish people did each summer.
After the bog, we returned to base for lunch, and then it was off to beautiful Rougey for one of the highlights of the trip- the Bundoran Beach cliff jump. The rocks at Rougey, complete with diving board, are a popular place for enjoying the ocean, as the formation of a clear and deep lagoon at high tide makes for a great, safe plunge into the ocean. Parents- our lifeguards were right by, in the water and by those jumping, monitoring how and when they all went in, but if you look at our videos and photos, you'll sense the exhilaration of this experience.
It was back to campus for dinner, and then we were off to Ballyshannon for the opening of the annual Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival. We were thrilled to be part of a great evening which featured junior traditonal musicians 'Botha', the wonderful Ward sisters from County Leitrim, and the heart-stopping Eleanor Shanley
Our sincere thanks to Mary Daly and the committee of the Ballyshannon Folk Festival for having us to this wonderful event, and we hope we have inspired our visitors with an enduring love of Irish music and dance.
We turned in for the evening, quite exhausted by our busy day, but looking forward to Saturday, with a trip to the Ulster-American Folk Park and the Global Irish Talent Show to look forward to...
We'll keep you posted!