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Transition Year trip to Leahy’s open farm and chocolate factory

Transition Year students had a great day out at Leahy's open farm and chocolate factory!
05-April-19
Transition Year trip to Leahy’s open farm and chocolate factory

On Monday last, the 1st of April, Transition Year students travelled to Leahy’s Open Farm in Dungourney. We left school at 9am, arriving at the farm around 10am. We were first given a brief introduction by the family on their business and how it all came about.

The year group were then split into two groups. I was in the group who were brought on a tour of the farm first. The weather was nice so it made it more enjoyable and we were able to take lots of photos. They had a variety of animals from birds to llamas and even snakes! We had the opportunity to hold some of the animals too. They had multiple playgrounds, slides and go-karting which we all enjoyed after our tour with the animals. We went back and had our lunch in the cafe. We were able to buy delicious treats such as crêpes, waffles and ice-cream!

After lunch, the groups swapped around so we went onto the chocolate making. Before we made our chocolate they explained to us the process of how their chocolate is made. We learned about the cocoa trees, the beans inside which are used during the production and the process of roasting, pressing, grinding, conching and tempering. We then each chose a muold of different animals such as a cow, sheep or chicken and painted our own one. We also made our own chocolate tractors adding treats such as smarties and marshmallows. They looked delicious!

Before heading home after a brilliant day, we had time to walk around the farm one more time and enjoy the playgrounds, go-karting and take lots of pictures! Thanks to Ms. Kiely, Ms. Cleary and Mrs. Curran for organising the trip for our year. We all had a really good day!

Written by Laura Cosgrave, Transition Year

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