Nothing wakes you up on an Irish Sunday morning like a dip in the Atlantic, and being perfectly located on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, in the surf capital of Bundoran, we were perfectly poised to indulge. The excellent instructors and lifeguards of the Donegal Adventure Centre provided the wetsuits, booties, boards and guidance, as almost all of our students were first-timers at this surfing business.
We went to Tullan Strand in Bundoran, a perfect beach break which obliged with perfect beginner waves for our group. Everyone enjoyed the experience, with several begging to do it again during the week. Kyle, one of our Californian participants, was very amused that he did his very first surf in Ireland!
After lunch, it was time for us to regroup into our tribes. For Ulster, we had Devin, Laura, Breandan, Conor and Allison. For Connacht, we had Patrick, Samantha, Brendan, Liana and Amelia. Munster was represented by Laura, Maggie, Julie, Patrick and Abby, and Leinster by Rocco, Kyle, Caroline, Kaleigh and Tara.
The challenge was to work together as a team to build a raft from some barrells, some rope and some planks. The rafts were named - Connacht appropriatly named theirs 'Medb', Ulster went for 'Liam Neeson' (!), the Munster folks named their craft 'Rebel', and Leinster went for 'Jack'. It soon became obvious who among us had been in the scouts- definitely a better class of knot!
The tribes had twenty minutes to build a seaworthy craft, and then they lined up inBundoran's Thrupenny pool to race for honour and glory!
Shrieks of laughter accompanied the challenge, as some succeeded, and some did not, and finally, lifeguards Chris and Rosaleen declared a draw between the tribes of Ulster and Connacht! Coghairdeas!
All the splashing about in the ocean has left us happy but tired. Tonight's agenda is dinner and a movie, and it's well earned. Tomorrow, we are off to the Gaeltacht area of Glencolmcille, for some Gaelic Language learning, a visit to Glen Folk Village, and a hike up the astonishing Sliabh Liag Cliffs.
Slan go Foill!