On Monday the 9th of September, Transition Year students went on a camping trip to Tanagh for two days. We arrived at school as normal and boarded the bus at half-nine. The bus ride was long and tedious, some tried to sleep, some chatted and other sang ‘Versatile’ at the top of their lungs, bopping it down the M3. During the drive, the route was very scenic, along the way there were many hills filled with trees and foliage and farmland filled with cattle.
We arrived at the hostel at twelve and we headed off to the dining room to eat our lunch. We were then told the rules, what we would be doing during our stay. When we were told who we were bunking with and where our rooms were, we brought our heavy luggage up to our rooms and we got changed into old clothes to get ready for the activities the workers at Tanagh had prepared for us. We started the activities with orienteering while a second group was sent off kayaking. It was fun and challenging and was a great way to introduce us to the program.
Before we did kayaking we changed into wetsuits and slid down a mudslide and some people got unnecessarily mucky. After this, we got a bus to the lake. We began with exercises to get us comfortable with using the paddles and then began to get in the boats. Everyone was falling over each other trying to not topple into the water but sure enough, we were diving in headfirst less than ten minutes later. The instructor set up a diving area on the boats and then we all start doing back and front flips into the water, it was truly an amazing activity. After arriving home and showering we got dinner and relaxed in the common room for a while.
Once we finished our meal we went on a walk through the forest which we saw Monaghan in its prime with the beautiful greenery and bog. We hiked through woods and muddied our clothes, a few people slipped and stumbled. We were brought to an abandoned building which was creepy. After visiting the building and taking a few photos we began our long walk back to the hostel. When we arrived back the teacher set up karaoke for the night. A few people got up and sang, including Ms Walsh and Ms Kirwan who sang “Working 9 to 5” by Dolly Parton. We had tea and after there was more hilarious karaoke where we enjoyed Mr Cassidy’s beautiful singing before heading to bed.
The next morning, we ate breakfast and then we were brought outside to a ‘Parkour’ course, again it was another great warm-up before the bog. We started off doing group exercises and team-building activities. Then came the time for jumping in the bog. Nobody volunteered to do it but I (Katelyn) said I’d do it if someone else jumped with me, I end up chickening out at the last second sending another student tumbling into the bog. He was completely engulfed into the mud, it was hilarious. it wasn’t long before more people joined him in the bog. They then began chasing teachers around asking for hugs, unfortunately, Ms Connolly got the bog end of the stick. When we returned to the hostel, we showered and got lunch before our trip back to Dublin
Katelyn Hillary and Callum Murphy- TY Press