Tuesday, 08 June 2021 11:55

TY Burren Adventure - 2021

On Monday 26th April our Transition Years, in glorious sunshine, departed Ennistymon CBS excited to be at last going on an outdoor school trip to the wonderful Burren Geo Park.

This trip consisted of exploring, hiking in the upper Burren exploring the world famous Geography, Geology, History and Archaeology, Flora and Fauna while having lots of fun also.

The 36 strong group group led by TY Coordinator Ms Campbell assisted Ms Hession and Mr Galvin. It was indeed a most enjoyable day out made all the better by the balmy summer like weather conditions. It was a case of sun cream and hydration, this made a welcome change from rain jackets. 

Our first stop Lough Avalla Farm loop hike, in the shadow of the imposing and world famous Mullaghmore Mountain. The students embarked on a 10km hike over the limestone pavements, clints and crikes and green roads that make up the beautiful Lough Avalla Farm Loop Hike. This walk combined Hazel Forests, Limestones pavements, lakes, a holy well and a megalithic Burial Cairn. The views from the high Burren were indeed spectacular and also a chance for the students to close their eyes and meditate and listen to the sounds of nature in a truly spiritual place.

The group next travelled on to a brief stop at the famous Lemenagh Castle, an unusual combination of a 16th Century Castle and a 17th Century Mansion. The group learned of Lemenagh’s past history as a stronghold of the O’Brien family and notably the notorious folklore stories of Maire Rua (Red Mary) it’s most famous resident.

On next to the Iconic Poulnabrone Dolmen dating to the Neolithic period and generally accepted as the finest example of a Portal Dolmen in the country. This imposing monolithic positioned facing to the Rising Sun in the East is often depicted in Iconic Images from Ireland and has become synonymous with Co. Clare. The students like Stone Age warriors provided a large semi circle around the famous antiquity as they listened to its past History and its long term ritual significance in the high Burren.

After walking, hiking, climbing, History and Geography ,a well earned rest and refreshment stop was made in Ballyvaughan where the TY group picnicked in brilliant sunshine enjoying some well earned treats.

Finally departing Ballyvaughan for our final stop before arriving back in Ennistymon at the vantage point near the top of Corkscrew Hill. Here the group could see the Geological and Geographic processes that helped create the Burren landscape, while looking at breathtaking views out over Galway Bay and viewing the Burren valleys between Gleninagh and Aillwee Mountains.

The tour arrived back at the Ennistymon CBS at 4pm. Tired, but envigorated and exhilarated by a great day of adventure in the Burren Geo Park.
Thanks indeed to all the TY students whose conduct and cooperation throughout the day way truly impeccable. Special thanks to Ms Campbell and Ms Hession for organising the trip.

Can’t wait to do it all again next year.

Mr. Galvin.