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Into the West

June 11th 2010, 11.00am: As Sports for All activities were testing the energy levels of pupils and teachers on the school football pitch, a determined group of intrepid adventurers aged 7years old to multiples of that age set out for the West coast of Ireland. The sat nav signalled the quickest route to our destination, The Horizon Adventure Centre, Westport, Co. Mayo.

Following a short stop at Lough Owel, we arrived early at the Westport Woods Hotel. Yes, this was to be our base. It may not have been real Indiana Jones territory with tents and spiders but it was our base, carpeted rooms, on suite and with the tele to see the beginning of the world cup.

Soon we were all climbing Croagh Patrick, a big version of the big Sugarloaf. And when we got up high enough we could see all the 365 islands in Clew Bay.

Up early on Saturday morning at 7.00am even though breakfast wasn't served until 8.30am. Sure hadn't we bags of popcorn, Pringles and stacks of full Pepsi cans to get us started before the real breakfast?

Archery, Jacob's Ladder, quad biking, canoeing, zip wire.....

Sunday we were to surf the Atlantic but somebody had taken the key of the surfboard container overlooking the beach. Move to Plan B. Back to the hotel and the best fun of the weekend. We jumped into the hotel swimming pool like it was filled with custard. The heat of the pool was wonderful after feeling the biting wind off the Atlantic waves. We even had time to chat in the Jacuzzi, 6th classers mixed with 2nd classers. The best of St. Cronan's 'on tour'.

Sunday afternoon arrived and little time to shove in all the welly boots and damp towels we were warned by mum to make sure we brought home, all squeezed into the small bag. How did mum get them in? ...'I wish she was here to help me now' we all thought. Dinner in the hotel restaurant and onto the 2010 reg super bus. It was just after 6.00pm.

Josh's Dad said we would be arriving at Tesco car park at 10.20. His phone could tell him this because it had a sat nav. Slept some of the way and then we were in Tesco's . Yes it was 10.20! Felt sorry for the 6th classers as they had to be back in the same car park at 5.30am to catch the bus to Heuston Station and the train to Tralee.

But they're 6th classers. They don't need to sleep. I know, because I could hear them talking about the World Cup matches after lights out in the room beside ours.

A massive thank you to Tom Groarke and Anne Ivory for organising this trip.

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