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’› ! 


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’› ! 

Did someone say All Ireland Champs?

So, as everyone may have heard at this rate, Transition Year along with other members of the school achieved an All Ireland win last weekend in The Briery Gap Drama Festival.. 


With the help of Ms Keogh who choreographed together a piece about Irish pirate queen, Grace O’Malley, we as a group were thrilled with the results ! 

Massive thanks to Ms Keogh & Mr Cooley who acccompanied us on our trip , it was an unforgettable experience ๐ŸŒŸ 

BUMBLEance ๐Ÿ

Quick wee update on The Transition Years..

Today we are helping out with a bucket collection on the town street for BUMBLEance! BUMBLEance, the national childrenโ€™s ambulance service, provides stress-reducing journeys for children in state-of-the-art, safe and fun vehicles. 

BUMBLEance has it all.. Social media streaming to wish the child best wishes. WiFi, Games console and DVD for a favourite movie/game, reading and colouring books.

The child friendly decorated interior of BUMBLEance has many unique features. Two parents/carers can travel with child & paramedic. An on-board locker for personal effects is provided along with a fridge for medication/food etc.

We are delighted to be involved in helping out as its a great cause ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’›

Laurentic , Laurentic , Laurentic ๐Ÿ›ฅโš“๏ธ

Our main focus in Transition Year this year, was The Laurentic Ship. The reason we got so invested in The Laurentic this year was due to the simple reason that it’s 100 years since the ship sank off coast of Fanad Head & we thought well why not become a part of the commenmoration along with family members of the people on the ship that night and people that have been interested in the story since it’s been told throughout the years..

We created pictures, maps, information sheets, poems and posters to do with the Laurentic and on Friday get to show off our work to the family members.

After that we will travel to the Guildhall in Derry for lunch and that night the media team ( after all their weeks of training ) will interview the family members at The Laurentic Restaurant also known as “The Ship” !

It has been wonderful being involved in such an outstanding piece of history and I’m very glad we got this opportunity thanks to our TY co-ordinator Ms Bradley with the help of fellow teachers.

Dancing On Ice โ›ธ

  • TY and yet another road trip. Our journey continued to Belfast on Wednesday where we hit up an ice skating rink and the shops (of course lol!)

Not to brag or anything, but I didn’t fall once while ice skating. The Dancing On Ice crowd are even thinking about starting up the show again cause I was too good to miss.

With a ‘few’ falls along the way we all got the hang of it all pretty quickly, even with the falls we were all fit to stand for a photo afterwards.

Great bunch of people altogether โ˜ƒ๏ธโค๏ธ

Journey continued then to Belfast city to explore the shops and hunt for last minute Christmas presents. Silent moment for me as I’ve none bought !

๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ

The day all over was brilliant from start to finish . I’m delighted that our TY class gets along so well and that we’re so close because it makes trips so much more great then !

My favourite trip to date.. not gonna lie๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป