Year 8 Croke Park Trip!

I love getting my picture taken!
I love getting my picture taken!
The games were really fun!
The games were really fun!
This is really high up!
This is really high up!
We're nearly on the actual pitch!
We’re nearly on the actual pitch!
Are we really small or is that hurling stick really big?
Are we really small or is that hurling stick really big?

Every year the year 8s go on a trip to welcome them to the school and give them a chance to get to know each other a little better.  This year they went to Croke Park, here are some pictures from the day and a few accounts of the trip.

 “For our year 8 induction trip we went to Croke Park for a stadium tour.

It was a very enjoyable experience and highly interesting. Not only did we have great fun and learned a lot, we also got to know other people. We even went to the very top of the stadium which is really high and I got to sit on the President of Ireland’s chair in the V.I.P section.

I would most definitely go again and would recommend it to my friends and family”-Shannon Clark 8C                    

“I found the first year trip to Croke Park in Dublin very enjoyable. I thought that it was a lot of fun and I really felt that it was a very good idea as it allowed all of the new first years to get to know one another. I would love to go on this great trip again!

My favourite part of the trip was when we got to tour around the actual playing grounds at Croke Park. I was amazed at how big the pitch actually was. I felt that the trip to Croke Park was a great day out and very interesting. I had a brilliant day out with my friends and I would strongly recommend it”-Nicola Girvan 8C

“Croke Park was a nice experience for me, I really enjoyed it. On our way down to Dublin we were allowed to use our phones and listen to music. It was great to wear our own clothes as opposed to our uniforms and it was great to meet up and have a chat with all the other girls in the different classes. It was nice to see the pitch where so much has went on, it had a great atmosphere.

What a view it was sitting up on the high seats, and at one point I could see the whole of Dublin.  I personally enjoyed the VIP room where famous people were before me. Off course it was great to spend some of my money in the merchandise shop, and treated myself to a nice T-shirt.

I think this was a really good choice for a school trip”- Jade Hanna 8C

“On the 10th of September 2013 year 8 went to Dublin for a “V.I.P” tour around Croke Park .First of all we were taken to see a movie about the history of Croke Park, I can’t believe how much it’s changed over the years. I learned that the first Gaelic finals were first played in March 1896.

When we were taken to the stands some of us got to sit in the president’s seat (it’s the cheapest seat in Croke Park because he gets it for FREE!) After, we were taken to the V.I.P lounge. It had a red carpet, red leather seats, a bar and a chandelier that changed colour depending on what team was playing but the only down side to it was that the light couldn’t change black (not good news for Down).

Later we went to the lockers and warm up area, we heard that often all the players wanted to do was get the game started as waiting made them nervous. So the GAA created a warm up area beside the lockers so they can warm up and reduce stress. Some players chose to listen to music or read.

We got an opportunity to pretend to be players and run on out to the field. Loud crowd sounds and flashing lights were used to give the effect of a live game. When we got on the field there was no one there.

I have been to the stadium to see Montenegro and Ireland play a world cup qualifier on 14th October 2009 so it was great to come out where those players had come out and imagine how they felt. In the stadium there was 36,442 people in attendance. A massive crowd!

I really enjoyed out day out and would definitely recommend it for a visit!”-Arben Bedzeti 8C