TY Gaisce Hike, All Ireland Cross Country Championships
9th March 2015
TY students taking a break from their hike in the Wicklow Mountains
TY Gaisce Hike
On Wednesday 25th February the Transition Years along with Ms Pickering, Ms O’Shea, Ms Rochford, Ms Curran and Frau Früchtl, travelled to Knockree, Co Wicklow for their Gaisce hike. Over the two days we would hike 25km to achieve our Bronze Gaisce.
The bus journey was over 3 hours but we were all so excited it flew by thanks to the fun we had with Dawn and Shannon’s selfie sticks. Once we were off the motor way and onto the bendy, mountainy roads we realised that this hike was not going to be a walk in the park. We were literally in the middle of nowhere. When we arrived at the hostel, I was blown away! It was not the shabby old place I was expecting, but a beautiful, modern hostel with loads of facilities and although it had no mobile phone reception we made do with the wifi.
After all the rooms were assigned and dinner was eaten it was time to do the first part of our hike. We left the hostel, along with our guides James and Danny, at around half seven and we walked a 10km path in the forest near the hostel. Along the route we stopped to see some viewpoints overlooking Bray. We arrived back at the hostel at half ten fit for bed!
The next morning after breakfast we were off again. We were going to do the bulk of the hike today. We were all a bit tired from the night before so we took loads of breaks and ate loads of food throughout the day. The path was very steep in some places and we all found it tough but we all made it. We stopped for lunch overlooking Powerscourt Waterfall and the view was amazing! The way back down was a lot easier than the morning climbing and we arrived back at the hostel at around half four. We were exhausted at this stage and all many of us wanted was a nice hot shower and bed. After dinner we had a lovely sing song before we all headed off to our rooms for our well-earned sleep.
On Friday morning after all the bags had been packed we headed with our guides Danny and James to do some fun activities. The group was split in two as we did some archery and rolled down a hill on a sledge with wheels. It was great craic.
When we headed on the road again it was definitely one of the quietest bus journeys I have been on with this group of girls. All most of us wanted to do was to catch up on lost sleep. I can honestly say that this trip will be one of my fondest memories of TY as we had such good fun and made so many memories. Thanks to all the teachers and our guides for making it such a special trip.
Kate McGrath, 4th Year
Ms. Flavin presenting Lucy Holmes with an Ard Scoil na nDéise athletics bag for her achievements in athletics this year
All Ireland Cross Country Championships
On the 7th of March the All Ireland Cross Country Championships took place in Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare. We had one competitor on the day, Lucy Holmes, who ran in the Minor girls race. Lucy had an excellent performance on the day finishing 9th overall, she was also the fastest Waterford competitor on the day. This was a great achievement and there is no doubt we will be seeing Lucy winning All Irelands in the next few years. Congratulations Lucy!