On Tuesday the French students toured Connemara and the French girls’ squad played a match against Westport in far sunnier conditions than the day before. On Wednesday morning the students were back in class before joining us to cheer on our Junior Squad at the Connacht Cup semi-final. Everyone gathered for a celebratory lunch in the Atrium after the match where good food and good company were enjoyed by all. We bid a fond farewell to our French visitors early on Thursday morning and they travelled on to Dublin to take in the city sights and the Aviva Stadium.
Many thanks are due to the host families of both the Junior Rugby Squad and the Hockey Squad who looked after our French guests so well. Thank you also to the staff and management of the Jes for opening their classroom doors and offering their support to make the visit such a success. Without the five teachers from Victor Hugo who accompanied the students none of this could have taken place – it was a week where new friendships were forged and old friendships renewed between students and between teachers alike! Finally, thanks are due to Steve Parkinson whose ongoing commitment has kept the links between College Victor Hugo and Coláiste Iognáid strong and whose organisation and hard work made the 2015 exchange the success it was.
Here’s to Narbonne 2016!