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Gaisce Trip

An account of the recent Transition Year Gaisce Trip
Gaisce Trip

Day 1

On the 25th of April 2018, we went to Newgrange, Co. Meath for our Gaisce trip. Gaisce is a programme that the Transition Year students take part in to challenge themselves. You have to do a community involvement activity, a personal skill and a sport activity for 13 weeks. Also, a thirty km adventure hike has to be done over two days. We left at 2 o’clock, because the bus journey was around four hours, and the hostel wasn’t expecting us until six. That night, we were supposed to go on a night hike to see the Newgrange tomb, which was about 7km. We got there, ate our dinner of Chicken Curry and rice, got to see our rooms, and had to head straight off on the night hike. Our leader was James, and we also had helpers from Spain who work for the hostel. They were Quico, Oscar, Paula and Carlos. We left at half past 7, and got to Newgrange at around 8. It was great to be able to see the tomb as it has so much history. We headed back to the hostel, changed and watched a movie for the night.

Day 2

On Thursday, we got up early to eat breakfast and go on the long hike. We had to leave at 10, and we wouldn’t be back until 4. The bit at the start of the walk was the muddiest bit, and I unfortunately lost my shoe. It disappeared into the mud and we weren’t able to find it. I had to go back to the hostel to get a different pair of shoes, and got a lift back to the group. It was unfortunate, but a great story to tell!!! We were then coming into Drogheda, and the walk became less mucky. We took a break at 1 o’clock in a park, and then had to head straight back on the walk, with smaller breaks. The views as we walked beside the river were really nice, and we got to see plenty of the houses in and around Drogheda. We went around in a loop, walking towards and away from Drogheda in different sides of the river. The length of the walk was tough, and the weather changed quite a lot throughout, but it was worth it to have the experience. As we were walking in a loop, we had to go through the particularly mucky bit again, and I made sure my shoes were on tight!!! There were some falls and muddy shoes after, but we were able to be hosed down when we got back to the hostel. We finally reached the end, and we were all tired, but were able to have showers and change. We are dinner, and had a talent show. Every room had to have an act, and there were definitely some creative ones!! Afterwards, we went downstairs to do karaoke, with some people having the courage to do it. It was fun, and everyone ended up dancing. We went back to our rooms, where some people chose to watch a movie. We were definitely all tired, and went to sleep easily. But we were proud of ourselves for completing all of the hike.

Day 3

We woke up early on Friday excited for the morning activities. Breakfast was at 9, and we had to tidy our rooms and pack our stuff to be ready to leave for 12. The activities we were going to be doing were rock climbing, paintballing and archery. First, we were put into a circle to play icebreakers with the Spanish helpers from the walk. We were in groups of two and had to different things such as dancing and running when numbers were called out. The last one to do it was out. After this, we split into 3 groups to take turns doing each activity. My group did rock climbing first with Quico. It was daunting at first, as the wall seemed very high. It was fun, and we were all entertained. We had a competition to see who would climb it the fastest. My group then went paintballing, which involved shooting at targets. We were divided into two different groups, to see who could hit the most. This was great to try out. Our last activity was archery, where we were on different teams again, to try and shoot one of the members of the opposing team. We played games afterwards. We then had to leave the hostel at 12, to be home for 4. We were sad to leave, but happy to be going home to sleep. It was an incredible experience and one that I will never forget.

Written by Robyn Power, TYB

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