New Ross students in twin town exchange

Published 26/07/2014 | 12:00

FOR THE fourth year running, a very successful exchange took place between students from the New Ross district and students from its twin town, Moncoutant, in France.

A large group of French students spent six days in New Ross in early July, making the most of the fine weather. Most were hosted by local families. During their trip they visited the Dunbrody Experience and Ros Tapestry and were taken on an historical tour of the town. Some time was spent in schools in the New Ross area and they improved their skills at horse-riding, rugby and hurling.

The group also learnt Irish set dancing and were entertained by traditional musicians, dancers and some junior members of the New Ross and District Pipe Band.

After a busy time in New Ross the students spent two days in Dublin before returning home.

The following week a group of young people from eight local schools in the New Ross area travelled to Moncoutant accompanied by four adults where they spent seven days with French host families. They attended classes in College Charles Peguy, practiced their language skills during a shopping assignment and visited the Puy du Fou and Futuroscope exhibitions.

Visits were paid to the towns of Parthenay and La Rochelle and also to Ile de Re. The New Ross group were also given a civic reception by Moncoutant Town Council. The students learned a lot about how French children live and made new friends.

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