Hey guys,

The stay inIreland was a great time for me and I really enjoyed it. Actually we did a lot of great and interesting things there. The most impressive place we went to, was Croke Park Stadium.

On ThUrsday 23 rd of March a tour guide led through the whole Croke Park Stadium, to show us everything there. It is the biggest stadium in Ireland, because there are seats for 82000 people. The stadium opened in 1913 and the construction cost 260 million euros . Croke Park hosts for Gaelic Football and Hurling. From 2007 to 2009 Croke Park hosted games played by the Irish national rugby union team. I had never gone to such a big stadium before, so it was incredibly flabbergasting.

On special days people also go there for concerts. Our tour guide also told us that during the Irish war of independence the stadium was the setting of the massacre, in which 14 people were killed.This day became known as Bloody Sunday. We also got the chance to see a match there one evening. When I came home I asked my family if they knew what Gaelic football was. They denied, because it is not very common in Austria.

 

Lukas Piewald

GAELIC FOOTBALL

 

Hi everyone!

As you can discern from all the other blogs, we (6A and 6B) had an amazing language week in Ireland. We collected a lot of experience and it was quite fun. But i don‘t want to bore you with , so I am gonna tell you something about gaelic football (as you may know we went to Croke Park and watched a Gaelic Football match).

Gaelic football orpeil Ghaelach(irish) is the most popular irish sport besides hurling which is another gaelic sport.

You can simply say that gaelic football is a „mixture“ of football and rugby.

It‘s played on a pitch with length about 130 meters and 80 meters width.

Each team composes of 15 players (3 full-backs, 3 half-backs, 2 midfielder, 3 half-forwards, 2 full-forwards).

The aim of the play is either to score a goal (3 points) or to shoot the ball over the goal between the two rods (1 point).

One game takes 70 minutes (2*35 min).

So let‘s get started!:D

Thank you Mr. Eichhorn and Mrs. Forstinger for this awesome and flabbergasting week.!:)

Alexander Kerschner

Irish versus English

mian leat an lá go deas is Irish for wish you a nice day and as you could tell from this short example, Irish has absolutely nothing in common with any other language.

In contrast to the number of charakters in one word in Irish (this is how Irish people call Gaelic) the actual usage of the language,which exists in Ireland and small parts of the UK, maily Northern Ireland, is very limited.

As David mentioned it before, we stayed with an elderly couple whose children already moved out and that’s probably why they had lots of time to speak with us what was actually really cool.

They told us that Irish is the first national language and therefore all the official documents have to be written in Irish and English. If you got a coin and thereon are engraved the words Hibernia or eìre, you have a coin from Ireland what in Latin is Hibernia and again in Irish eìre. Even on their coins they can’t let of that language.No English on IRISH coins! Also the bills from companies run by the state like the gas or electricity bills are Irish on the front page and on the back side English.

Furthermore, Irish is a compulsory subject in school and because of this most of the people who attend school hate it. I think it is quite unnecessary (yes tow “n”s then “c” and double “s”) considering only slightly more than 1 % of Ireland’s population uses it on daily basis.

Speaking about unnecessary – there is this video one of teachers not ERICA but Fergal (this is an Irish name I think) showed us, which made me laugh so hard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzx3MeYonT8 (they edited a real news report)

Paul Kerschner

 

The flabbergasting Irish

Actually our journey to Ireland ended three days ago but i want to set down some flabbergasting impressions which i collected through our little language week.

First I want to say that all of the Irish people i met during our stay in Dublin were absolutely nice and pleasant. With some of them i had actually a lot of fun (e.g. Brandon at the bus station or the unknown guy in the Groke Park Stadium with no underpants). With all of them i gathered unforgettable impressions. But there was a person, no a girl who i can’t stop thinkig about. Her name was ERICA. The love of my life. She was actually my school’s teacher at ATC but both of us knew that there was love in the air. I will never forget you ERICA.

But there were also some other nice impressions. For example in the house of our host family. Our host parents, called Maria and Barry (Patrick) Byrne were a friendly aged couple how lived in Blackrock, a suburb of Dublin. But there was only one thing: Every time. And when I am saying every time I am meaning EVERY TIME when we ate at our host family Barry talked instantly and all the time about the Irish weather. He knew everything: The storm force, the rain probability in percent, how many sunny days the had last month or even last year, at what time the sun rises and at what time the sun sets. You can trust me, Barry (Patrick) was a genius. But listen! The only problem for him was when Maria starts talking. She hadn’t finished the second word of her sentence and Barry interrupted her and said something completley different. But it was quite funny to listen for us and i think they both have been a flabbergasting couple at all. We three liked them a lot. Thanks for all family Byrne.

All in all it was actually a quite flabbergasting trip with lots of fun, new experiences and new friendships (Erica). I liked staying in Ireland and i would definetely do this trip again. Thank you a lot Mr Eichhorn and Mrs. Forstinger for the terrific journey.

David Schauer, actually a pleasure teaching him.

 

 

#Ireland/Dublin2k17

A few weeks before we went do Dublin, I have to say that I actually wasn`t really looking forward to that journey like all my classmates. Because I was a little bit uncertain regarding my english skills and my host family. But although it was a difficult decision, I decided to take part and make that great experience.                                                                                                   Afterwards, thank god, it was the right choice. Because everything, apart from the terrible flight to dublin in a tightly and sticky plane, was interesting, fantastic or at least quite ok, like Dublinia, a small viking museum for kids, which wasn`t that thrilling as I thought. Anyhow there were also many  other lovely places like the city (dublin) itself or the beautiful St. Stephen`s Green Park, where my friends and I drank our double espresso almost every morning and where we ate our lunch packet every day in the lunch break shortly before our school-lessons started. Of course, atc-language-school wasn`t the highlight each day, but surprisingly it was not even that bad.

My favourite excursion was Croke Park Stadium and Guinness Store-House.    In the stadium, which is by the way one of the biggest in europe, we learned a lot about hurling and gaelic football, which are the nationalsports in Ireland, from a professional tor guide, who was obviously a great fan of the dublin football team.

On friday we visited the Guinnes Store-House, which is definitely advisable for every beer-fan. It was really interesting to learn about the brewing of the famous „black stuff“ and the history of the Guinness Company, which was founded by Sir Arthur Guinness in the 18th century. At the top of the Guinnes-building we had a breathtaking view over dublin, where I took many great pictures in memory of this beautiful and historical city.

On the last two days we got out of the city to see Ireland`s wonderful landscape. At the cliff walk in Howth, on our last day, we had a great weather and a stunning view of the sea. It was a great feeling to see some of Irelands famous cliffs for the first time.

All in all, I can say it was a terrific week and i had a lot of fun with my classmates.

Maybe I will travel to Ireland again, but only when I`m 18, because I don`t want to miss the Guinness tasting in the Store-House a second time 😛

 

Paul Kochberger

Hello from the other side

Hello my dear readers. It´s the 30th of March 2017 and right now I’m sitting on a chair at home writing a blog entry for all of you from the other side. As you’ve probably noticed, it’s the 30th of March, as I’ve already said and I’m at home… so obviously I’m not in Ireland anymore ☹ Well… Back at it again with Austrian stuff. But I shouldn’t talk about Austria, I mean you all know our country, so my amazing blog entry will be all about the stunning city in Europe called Dublin.

My first impression of Ireland, Dublin, Monkstown. Amazing! You probably don’t know what I’m talking about. I mean Monkstown, what’s that? Well… Monkstown is the name of the village where I lived with the gorgeous Blanca and a very kind host family named the Farrelly’s. Except from the toilett … everything was perfect. The food, the family our room…
So all in all I really enjoyed staying with the Farrelly’s.

During our stay in Ireland we got to know many famous places. For example the Guinness Storehouse, the Trinity College and the gorgeous cliffs in Howth. I nearly liked all of the places we visited, but in my opinion the best part of our trip was the day we went to Glendalough and Bray. The weather was beautiful and we even watched a Gaelic Football match at Croke Park Stadium at night.

To finally end my amazing blog entry I wanna thank all of my classmates and also our teachers, who made such a flabbergasting trip to Ireland possible. I really loved it!

Lilli

Lifestyle in Dublin

Our time in Dublin was very funny, interesting and beautiful. Actually, I really enjoyed all the tours we did.

Personally I loved to see the differences in lifestyle compared to Austria ranging from fashion to architecture. We mostly spent our very limited free time in Dublin city on the famous Grafton street which was a paradise for us fashion interested girls. You can find there every shop you dream of next to cute, tiny cafes and restaurants. It was an impossible challenge for my friends and me to visit all the nice stores we wanted to go and see this week. So we ended up being totally exhausted from running from shop to shop and in the end we barely bought anything. 😊 Anyway we had lots of fun!

Furthermore you have free wifi everywhere you go … in each store, in all the parks, in every restaurant. Even in the Croke Park Stadium, which is one of the largest stadiums in Europe, you have free wifi. What an innovative city! Most of us were impressed and we loved to share all the funny stuff we did with our friends on snapchat or instagram.

If you visit Dublin once, look at the beautiful Irish architecture. Everywhere in and around Dublin you see lovely brickstone buildings with small colourful doors. The houses all look the same and the only significant difference is the colour of the door.

I loved our journey to Dublin and the Irish lifestyle.

Helene