Classes: 7A, 7D
Teachers: Mag. Szmolyan Petra, Mag. Titz Barbara, Mag. Tremschnig Patricia
Departure from Vienna at 8.50 pm, arrival in Dublin at 11.50 pm;
When we arrived in Ireland, we were welcomed very nicely by our hostmother. During our stay, we got to know her very well and she was always friendly and relaxed, despite her 5 children (the youngest one being only 5 weeks old!). Furthermore, she was very flexible and wanted us to have fun. She explained everything we wanted to know and gave us tips about places we should definitely visit. Her children were all very nice and adorable and we enjoyed talking to them. The whole family made our stay very comfortable and unforgettable.
(Baumgartner Ruth, Jandl Julia, Schneider Viktoria, 7A)
School, Dublin Orientation Tour, Ceili-Irish Evening
Hiking to Bray Head, Dublin
Trinitiy College & The Book of Kells, Croke Park,- Hurling and Gaelic Football
Hurling & Gaelic Football:
On Sunday we visited a big stadium in Dublin called Croke Park to watch a game of Hurling. A Hurling team consists of 15 players, each one equipped with a bat. The aim of the game is to shoot the small ball into the goal (1 point) or over the cross bar (3 points).
Almost immediately after the Hurling game we also watched a Gaelic Football match. Gaelic Football is, as well as Hurling, a Gaelic game and a common Irish sport, although it is also played in Great Britain and North-America. A Gaelic Football game lasts for 60 minutes, interrupted by one break. It takes place on the same pitch as Hurling and also the goal is identical. Furthermore even the aim of Gaelic Football is similar to that of Hurling, which is to score as many points as possible. Whereas kicking the ball into the goal counts 3 points, throwing or kicking it over the goal just counts 1 point. Naturally, the team who scores most points, wins.
(Pieringer Florian, Pieringer Max, 7A)
School, Dublinia & Christchurch, Guinness Storehouse
The Guinness Factory
On the 12th of March we visited the Guinness Factory which is located at St. James's Gate in Dublin. We didn’t get a guided tour and therefore we were able to explore the Guinness Factory individually. The storehouse stretches over 8 floors every one explaining one of the production sequences and the history of advertisement. The top floor hosts the Gravity Bar, from where you have an astonishing view over Dublin. At this point we enjoyed a cold soft drink.
In conclusion, I can say that the Guinness Factory is a tourist trap to be honest, but the design of the building is fabulous.
(Karner Martin, 7A)
School, Jameson Distillery, Cliff Walk Howth
On Tuesday, the 13th of March, we visited “The Old Jameson Distillery” in Dublin, where we were enabled to follow every step of the process of how to produce Irish whiskey. Every part of the decades-long manufacturing of whiskey has its own title and order and due to our guided tour through the distillery, we could somehow participate in this distilling process and absorb some vital details of the production of whiskey. In the end of the tour, visitors commonly get invited to taste several types of whiskey, but unfortunately because you are not allowed to consume alcohol under 18 in Ireland, we were prohibited to attend the most interesting and probably also most important part of our tour. All things considered, “The Old Jameson Distillery” is worth seeing, although it would be wiser to be at least eighteen years old to enjoy your tour to the fullest.
(Kempf Anna-Sophie, 7A)
School, Shelbourne Park – Greyhound Stadium
The last night of our tour to Ireland we spent at Shelbourne Park, to watch the famous Greyhound races. We were even allowed to bet which dog would win each race and if we bet correctly
(and we did!!) we’d win some money. There were several types of bets you can make and some of us won up to 40€. To sum up this evening, we had great fun and it was a really nice ending of our school trip!
(Pieringer Florian, Pieringer Max, 7A)
School, departure to Vienna