Today we travelled down the N17 (four walls and the grass is green), to the beautiful City of Galway. This drive brought us through counties Leitrim, Sligo, and Mayo, waving to Queen Medb at Knocknarea as she overlooks her province of Connacht.
We negotiated a very busy Shop Street and made our way to the delicious Maxwell's restaurant, where most of the students opted for the city's famous fresh fish'n'chips.
Two of our students were met with friendly faces of relatives who had anticipated our arrival.
We then made our way down towards the famous Galway Bay and Claddagh, stopping off at the Spanish Arch and Galway City Museum
Then we browsed the bohemian streets of the city, complete with buskers, entertainers, street markets and throngs of visitors enjoying the unique atmosphere of this beautiful city. Time passed all too quickly, and we regrouped in the famous Eyre Square at the remarkable Quincentennial Sails Sculpture by Eamonn O'Doherty.
Niamh had promised that there would be a reward on the way home and our group were introduced to the joys of the '99', a whipped ice-cream cone with a chocolate flake. All were impressed with this treat.
We returned tired but happy with a promise of pizza and pyjamas. A good night's sleep is required as tomorrow we introduce everyone to surfing in the Atlantic Ocean!