TY – Final Reflection ๐Ÿ’›

I’ve a box of tissues by my side as I tell you all about the best year of my life, Transition Year. I came into TY with a lot of aspirations for the year, what I wanted to achieve and the ways I wanted to benefit from it. From hearing about TY, I knew for certain it was two things – good craic & worthwhile. Remembering back it feels like a lifetime ago. This year has definitely been the fastest but best year of my life. As a person I’ve grown, I’ve developed new interests and grew closer to the people in my class that I would see as family now we’ve spent that much time together. 

From our first trip away to Kildare for the TY Expo..


To our lastest trip to the Mud Run, the week before we got off for Easter..


We’ve got to do so many things the list is endless , but the more impossible question at hand here is which I enjoyed the most. Every trip with this bunch is beyond great. TY Expo, Aviva Stadium, Belfast Ice Skating, Mullingar, Laurentic, Mud Run, Kilmainham, I would be sitting here still typing to you to tomorrow if I listed everything. 


I often get asked what was my highlight, what was the standout moment of this whole year. As hard as it is to answer, I have just one moment that stood out above the rest.. the moment we were crowned All Ireland Champs. At the start of March, a group of students all led by the amazing Ms Keogh won a national Drama competition, the moment our name got called. That’s my standout moment. Of course blasting “We Are The Champions” from Mullingar to Donegal was a pretty close second standout moment. 


The 3 days we got to spend commenmoraring 100 years since the sinking of the Laurentic ship was also pretty special. Our class is beyond lucky we got to work on something extraordinary, and make a difference to the events. The family members appreciated all our efforts and it felt great to see our work published. 


The school’s annual sun holiday trip to Barcelona also was amazing. 3 of the best days ever, with the best crowd ever. I loved the holiday and meeting new people who I’ve grown so close to since made the holiday for me. 


This is the moment I shoutout Ms Walsh for being the best group leader while we were there, not that we caused bother anyways..! 


So taken all this into account, the trips away and everything. This year has been remarkable. An experience I’ll never forget and as sad as I am that it’s ending so soon I’m grateful to Ms Bradley for all the hard work she put in this year & to my following classmates. Without them this year wouldn’t have been as great as it was.. and I’m glad I was so lucky to have got the chance to experience this. 

Now for a piece of my wisdom before I sign off, Do TY, it’s guaranteed to be the best year of your life ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’› ! 

FAI Disability Training ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช โšฝ๏ธ

Last Wednesday our class took part in FAI Disability Training led by two men, named Chris and Oisin. Chris is an amputee who unfortunately lost his leg in an accident a few years ago. Chris featured on popular Irish TV show, Operation Transformation. He also plays football internationally with fellow amputees. Chris and Oisin gave us an insight on the opportunities available for people with disabilities sports wise. I was stunned as I never heard tell of the different teams involved with the FAI regarding disability football. Oisin coaches these teams and is very passionate on spreading the word about the teams as most people, even with disabilities have never heard tell of them. Chris chatted to us about living with one leg, and how his life has actually improved since it was removed. It was an excellent day, also fair play to the two men involved, it’s a long trek from Dublin up to our part of the world..

Barcelonaaaaa โ˜€๏ธย 

This year for the school’s sun holiday tour, a group of over 60 students, accompanied by 8 teachers headed to Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ 


The trip began Friday the 7th, bright and early we met up at the school, handed our passports over to whatever teacher’s group we were in, got on the bus and headed to the airport. Thankfully everyone got through security with no hassle, I always dread the security part, but never had any bother with it. We all grabbed a bite to eat, then boarded our plane around 10 that morning. 


When we landed the heat was lovely, because it wasn’t too warm but still nice enough at the same time, we got on yet another bus and headed straight from the airport to the Nou Camp football stadium, home of Barcelona FC. We got to walk around the stadium and it’s muesuem which I absolutely loved. After the tour around the stadium, we went ice skating in Nou Camp’s enjoining ice rink. Not to brag or anything but I only fell once and I’m quite proud of that. The ice was very slippy, again very proud I only fell the once. 


After ice skating, we got on our bus and went straight to the hotel in Salou, about an hour and a half away from the ice rink, and checked in. This is where it got really exciting, getting our rooms and unpacking for the days ahead..  we got changed and went to explore the hotel. We met so many Irish people on our travels because there were 12 other schools staying in the hotel.


That Friday night we went to the disco with our crew & all our new friends. Then Saturday morning back again with the early starts, breakfast and another bus trip. Saturday’s adventure was to Barcelona city. We visited famous buildings, did a walk around the city and got a boat trip. Barcelona has such a beautiful city and to experience all this with your friends is even better. The Saturday night when we got back to our hotels, we got dinner and headed for a walk in Salou.. 


Now to tell you about my favourite day, the Sunday. Sunday was Portaventura day, the most anticipated part of the trip. Everyone was so looking forward for the rollercoasters as was I. I have not one bit of fear in me when it comes to getting on one, but the screaming that comes afterwards is a whole different story. We bought express passes in the park and this was definitely the smarter option as the queues for the regular lines were serious long.. you would’ve ended up being sickened. 


Sunday night when we got back to our hotels, we got dinner and changed to head into Salou to the House of Ilusion Magic Show. I honestly wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. The magicians were brilliant and so talented, they put on a show that wasn’t for a second boring. 

We left Salou at 4 o clock on Monday morning, and as much as I didn’t wanna leave because I was having the time of my life.. I missed my mammy. 2 weeks later, all I wanna do is go back! It was such a brilliant holiday and getting to experience it all with my bestfriends and my new friends that I met while I was there was just amazing ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’› ! 
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Donegal ETB Concert ๐Ÿ†

Last Tuesday, the 21st of March, our dance drama group performed in An Grianรกn Theatre in Letterkenny as part of the Donegal ETB One Voice Choir show.  Our Dance Drama piece was featured as the opening act because of our success in The Briery Gap Drama Festival. I absolutely adore performing our piece, and I’m very proud of our success as a group. After we performed the ‘One Voice’ choir performed. This choir was made up from all different ETB schools from across Donegal put together as one massive choir the end result was fantastic, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. It all over was a fabulous night.. 

Disability Awareness Training โœ…โœจ

Today, Wednesday the 29th of March, we had a workshop on Disability Awareness Training. It was really interesting as the workshop was delivered by a man who had a road accident, as a result he now only has one arm. He talked about disabilities, the large range they take in from bipolar to wheelchair users for example. The lifestyle of people with disabilities, and how they often require PA’s – Personal Assistants. The assistants are designed to how people with disabilities cook food, bathe and get dressed. Anything that they would struggle to do by themselves. He talked also about the language you should use when speaking of someone who has a disability. Words that shouldn’t be used because they are offensive and insensitive. Richard Alcorn, the man who gave the workshop today, is a member of Donegal CIL. Donegal CIL support and empower disabled people to achieve independent living and to actively participate as equal citizens by having choice and control. I really enjoyed today, because it was very interesting. Something I’ve never experienced anything like before.  

Children’s Story Books

In English we’re creating story books for children. These stories are written up and illustrated by ourselves. We form groups to create the books, which then get sent out to primary school children in our local area ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“

My group consists of me, Caoimhe O’Donnell, Caoimhe Doherty, Rachel Kelly and Gemma Brogan. I’m so grateful to have such a hardworking team, who can all draw ! I’m in the charge of the actual story and the writing up of it.. more because I can’t draw ๐Ÿ˜ฌโœ๏ธ

Our story is about an elephant named Eva who doesn’t like school because she doesn’t have any friends, until one day she’s invited to join in a game of Hide n Seek and meets two new friends. Eva quickly changes her mind about school because now she has two new bestfriends. 

I’ve really enjoyed this task and can’t wait to see the finished product ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’›

Art Workshop ๐ŸŽจย 

Our Transition Year Art class just finished a two day workshop in the Sliabh Sneacht centre in Drumfries, with local textile artist, Bernie Murphy. We discussed our ideas with Bernie, to see what kind of piece we would like to create, she took all our ideas on board then we began making. 

Everyone was busy working on their individual jobs. The finished piece will feature the story of the Laurentic & our story – how we got involved, what we learned and what we got out of it. I found the two days really interesting, it was relaxing and there was no pressure on us. We enjoyed doing our jobs and I even learned how to work a sewing machine, I didn’t do Home Ec for Junior Cert, so I was very far from a professional at it ! I had a great time and can’t wait to see the finished piece on display…