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.

Alexandra Peralaika

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.

 

 

Irish Halloween for our EVS volunteers

 

Volunteers with their Halloween pumpkin

Nino, Sarah and Siri with their Halloween pumpkin

Halloween is an important part of the Irish culture as it is an original Irish festival, marking the time when the bright summer and autumn moves into the darkness of winter. We, the EVS volunteers, were delighted to enjoy Halloween this year!

 

Over the past few weeks, we saw the shops and houses decorated with skeletons, pumpkins, spiders and their webs, bats and all the scary stuffs you can imagine.

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The Haunted House in Drumshanbo

We also enjoyed decorating our home with spiders, bats, a black cat and obviously, a magnificent Halloween pumpkin proudly carved by ourselves!

 

A lot of Halloween events took place in County Leitrim and we enjoyed a Halloween party in a pub in Carrick-on-Shannon. Finally we went to the “Haunted House” in Drumshanbo during Halloween night. In the darkness of the labyrinth, people dressed up like monsters and creepy creatures emerged from nowhere, with frightening noises and screams. What a creepy experience!

Even the weather on Halloween night seemed to be in a scary mood, with fog, yellow moon and frost!

 Now we can say that we have had the creepiest and best Halloween in our lives!

 

 

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