Idirbhliain 49 TY students and 4 teachers have just returned from a most enjoyable trip to Barcelona. The group left in the early hours of Thursday morning, arriving in Barcelona at 9.50 am. There was a full day sightseeing programme arranged, visiting the Gothic Quarter and Cathedral, Casa Mila, Park Guell, Gaudi House Museum and also Nou Camp, home to Barcelona FC. After a very long and busy day students made their way to their hotel in Salou for a much needed rest. Day 2 was a fun filled day spent in Port Aventura theme Park. Saturday again was a busy day with lots to see and do including some time on the beach in Salou and a trip to La Ramba , a street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. That night the students enjoyed a Magic Fountain Water show before returning to their hotel. The last day included a trip to Monserrat, a beautiful Benedictine Monestery in the mountains and also a visit to Barcelona Aquarium and Ice skating. The students returned to Carlow on Sunday night very tired but very happy after a most successful trip. (Photo : TY students at Camp Nou, home of Barcelona FC, during their recent trip to Barcelona)

Turas Scoile First Year students finished the year with a school tour to Kippure Estate in Wicklow. A great day was had by all, with lots of climbing activities, orienteering, and survival skills. The second year students traveled to Shielbaggen in Wexford for water activities and team building exercises. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day. Many thanks to the teachers who organised the trips and to the teachers who accompanied the students.

GCC RUN ‘AMUCK’

Heywood College was the wet and windy venue for a very tough South Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships this week and the students from Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach produced some terrific performances with Caitlín Nic Dhomhnaill a terrific 5th in the senior Ladies. Her recent injuries behind her, Caitlín ran a very clever race picking off her opponent along the way. Maebh Ní Mheachair can be very satisfied with her 9th place in the girls Intermediate event and also her sister Caragh 8th in the junior event. The previous weekend both girls were placed in the All Irelands so a good week all round.

Our minor girls team of Sophie Ní Éide in 57th place followed by Leah Ní Mhaolmhuaidh 71st Tara Ní Longáin 80th and Ava Ní Chaomhánaigh 81st all gave their all in the 1500m race.

Our junior team of Caragh Ní Mheachair 8th Sadbh Ní Scolaí 48th and Ciara Nic Aogáín 31st finished just outside the medals over the 1500m course.

A huge field in the boys intermediate  saw Dach Ó Muirí 63rd with Craig Ó Nualláin 71st, Moling Ó hInglís Ó hÉideáin finished 72nd in the junior boys with Séamus Pléimeann 112th.  In the minor boys Fiachra Ó Scolai 83rd and Dylan Mc Eochaidh finished 112th. Our lone competitor in the senior boys 6K was Cormac Ó Ceallaigh and by the time the seniors took to  the course it was a very muddy and energy sapping event. A mid table finish for Cormac was his reward for his efforts.