Day 2: Breakfast by half eight, as the Irish say, was the beginning of our activity filled day. Next, the students experienced their first day of classes with the marvelous Angie Mervyn. The subject was Irish Literature and they covered some of the earliest Celtic legends and authors.
After the morning class session, the kids got to stretch their legs with a tour of Waterford Crystal and Bishop’s Palace. They got to see how each crystal piece was hand blown and cut to perfection. Some even took the chance of holding an invaluable masterpiece… Luckily no one dropped the ball this time.
Following the tours, Mr. Miles as the students call him, gave the students a quick walking tour of Waterford. Walking the streets, he briefly explained the history of the significant buildings such as: Reginald’s, the clock tower, and the site where the first Irish flag was hung. Miles even pointed out the statue of Thomas Meagher for Esme and Brynn-both from Montana, as Thomas Meagher was the first Governor of the Big Sky State.
To end the evening, Casey, our amazing Irish dance instructor, taught the students some of the basic steps to a traditional Irish Jig. Then for drama, the students split up into small groups to write limericks.