We visited the CAT!

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In the middle of May we came back from a wonderful trip to Wales and England – “we” standing for Del, Siri, Jules, Sasha and Sarah. Sarah had just finished her volunteering year with us and is back home now.

So, besides some lovely towns and the beauty of the fresh green countryside, the important destination for us was the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales.

We began the visit by a water-balanced funicular railway lift. Its particularity? It exploits the river current to store water in the top-cabin reservoir. The tank on the lower cabin is empty. It allows to move both cabins thanks to gravity.

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Our visit allowed us to discover a lot of technical innovations in the energy sector (heat pump, solar panels, wind turbine, biomass), the green buildings, gardens, and biodiversity.

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We finished with a very nice meal at the vegetarian café! This visit was very inspiring and gave us hope for a future of clean energy.

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A noisy St. Patrick’s Day!

We’ve been going to rehearsals with Samboeira, a samba band in Sligo, for a while now. It took us a few weeks to get ready for St. Patrick’s Day parade. It is very rewarding for beginners like us to be able to perform in a parade! 54516582_10216101433442383_6380833762623619072_o.jpg

The parade we participated in was in Kiltimagh, county Mayo. Lovely place, and we were even lucky with the weather – it rained for only a few seconds during the parade!

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Special thanks to our “cultural attaché” Del Thorogood, who always takes us out to cultural events!

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Alexandra Peralaika

Volunteers explore Glencar valley and waterfall

After the end of our very fun last session with students in the Organic Centre we decided to have a bit of adventure and went to Glencar waterfall. Although it’s still February, it felt like real spring! We definitely missed sunny days like this.

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The waterfall is just fabulous. There is something very special in its sounds and smells, it made us feel full of energy and joy.

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We can confidently recommend this place to anyone visiting Leitrim. The combination of mountains, water and green grass is breathtakingly beautiful.

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Being close to Sligo on such a nice day we couldn’t miss a chance to go to the beach. Strandhill looked stunning in the sunset light.

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At the end of this much needed getaway we could only say that we should do these little trips more often and explore the Irish nature to the fullest while we’re here.

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Volunteers take part in Tony McGowan run in Drumshanbo

Our volunteers Nino Rizzo and Sasha Peralaika took part in the 7th Annual Tony McGowan Run on Sunday the 17th Feb 2019.

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Photo by Mark Kelly

Here are their impressions.

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Sasha: “I did the 10K distance. I never thought I could run 10 kilometres! I’ve always struggled with running, I was probably the worst in my class at school. I’ve been running more or less consistently since last October, so it took me about 4 months to get ready for this run. My finishing time was 01:00:57. And of course I took advantage of the “home field” because I was familiar with the place. I feel like it’s a big accomplishment and I’ll be training for half marathon in the nearest months”.

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Nino: “I was pleased to take part in the marathon. It was a nice time to enjoy the landscape around Drumshanbo in a different way and with new people. There were actually a lot of people, more than I was expecting. The town is often so quiet, so I was happy to see a bit of crowd! Now I would like to train for the next one!”

Our Climate Change song is out!

Check out the Climate Change song created and performed by Transition Year students of Mohill Community college! This song was made during the GEAI Climate Action Days initiative.

 

 

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