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Nach méanar don 48 dalta ó Choláiste Oiriall a chuaigh chun na hIodáile an tseachtain seo chuaigh thart? Thug siad cuairt ar an Colosseum, ar an Forum, ar an Pantheon, ar bhaisleac Naomh Peadair sa Vatacáin agus ar an tSéipéal Sistíneach.

Daltaí Choláiste Oiriall ag aimfitéatar an Colosseum, áit mhór gliaireachta sa tSeanRóimhDaltaí Choláiste Oiriall ag aimfitéatar an Colosseum, áit mhór gliaireachta sa tSeanRóimh

Ar an Domhnach chuaigh siad ó dheas go Sorrento, áit ar thug siad a n-aghaidh ar Pompei agus ar Chnoc Vesuvius gan trácht ar oileán Capri.

The 3.00 am start last Friday morning didn’t deter the enthusiasm of the forty eight students from Coláiste Oiriall, who were about to embark on an exciting tour to Italy. 31 girls and 17 boys drawn predominantly from 2nd, 3rd and 4th Years had been preparing for weeks! They were accompanied by five teachers, Múinteoir Faela, Múinteoir Dermot, Múinteoir Donna, Múinteoir Micheál and Múinteoir Gráinne.

On their first day the students visited the Colosseum, easily Rome’s most awe-inspiring ancient monument where thousands of Romans used to gather for gladiatorial contests. They also visited the Forum, the centre of politics and administration in ancient Rome.  Students would have been very familiar with the above sites from their History and Art courses.

Scata cailíní ag glacadh scíste i ndiaidh dóibh barr Chnoc Vesuvius a bhaint amach le linn turas Choláiste Oiriall chun na hIodáile.Scata cailíní ag glacadh scíste i ndiaidh dóibh barr Chnoc Vesuvius a bhaint amach le linn turas Choláiste Oiriall chun na hIodáile.

On Saturday the students travelled into central Rome, where they visited religious Rome including Saint Peter’s Basilica, located in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican City as well as the Vatican museums, which includes the Sistine Chapel. Here they viewed the 343 large figures that are incorporated in The Story of Creation as painted by Michelangelo.

The Coláiste Oiriall group travelled southwards on Sunday to Sorrento, a charming town which is full of shops, cafes and beautiful views. The group stopped to view Vesuvius and Pompei, approximately forty minutes drive from Sorrento. An earthquake in AD63 did much damage to Pompei, and an eruption of Mt Vesuvius in AD 79 buried Pompei under ashes that preserved the ruins of the city. Vesuvius is the only active volcano on the mainland of Europe. Some of the students had just about enough staying power to reach the top of the peak.

On Monday the group went by ferry to the island of Capri, a highlight of which was the chairlift to Monte Salaro, affording the students stunning views from the top of the mountain. The students returned home safe and sound on Tuesday, arriving back in Monaghan in the mid-afternoon. No they did not have pasta or pizza on their return.

The next tour, in late 2012, will be to the Rhineland in Germany with such attractions as the Phantasialand Theme Park, Cologne Cathedral, Cologne Chocolate Factory, Marksburg Castle, Koblenz Moviepark, Nurgurgring Racing Track and an Ice Skating Disco.

Is maith go bhfuil gach duine sa bhaile go slán sabháilte gan timpiste gan taisme agus de réir na múinteoirí bhí na daltaí uilig iontach múinte i rith an ama. Amharcann muid chun tosaigh anois go dtí an chéad turas eile go ceantar na Réine sa Ghearmáine le linn saoire na Samhna 2012.

Amharc Gailearaí.

Daltaí ó Choláiste Oiriall ag tabhairt cuairte ar Bhaisleac Naomh Peadair sa Vatacáin le linn a dturas scoileDaltaí ó Choláiste Oiriall ag tabhairt cuairte ar Bhaisleac Naomh Peadair sa Vatacáin le linn a dturas scoile