Heavy snow and freezing temperatures meant it was an early start for the Year 9 pupils and staff who were travelling to Manchester for the school’s second annual Soccer Trip.
Despite the weather, it was a smooth ferry crossing from Dublin to Holyhead on the splendid Ulysses ship. There was a stop off enroute to Manchester at the Cheshire Oaks Outlet for a spot of lunch and some retail therapy. After attending 5pm mass at St Mary Queen of the Apostle Church, Maryvale, the weary travellers arrived at their accommodation, the Best Western Lancashire Manor Hotel where a lovely dinner was provided. After dinner, there was some time to freshen up and relax before everyone went to the Empire Cinema to watch the film, ‘Wonder’. The students had studied this as part of their English lessons in Year 8 so it was great for them to see the film adaptation of the book.
After an early night, students were up early for breakfast in the hotel. After check out, we made our way to Old Trafford to browse and shop in the Mega Store and enjoy the build up to the big derby match. We were able to get to our seats at 3pm and watched the teams warm up and savour the atmosphere with the fans. Unfortunately the match result did not go in favour of the Man Utd supports with their City neighbours winning 2-1.
After the game, we made our way back towards Holyhead with a stop off for food. After getting the 2:40am ferry, the group arrived safely back to the school grounds at 9:45am on Monday morning.
Special thank you to Mr Gillan for all his planning and organising to ensure everyone had a safe and enjoyable experience especially in seeing the Manchester derby match. Hopefully next year, he can plan a Manchester United victory J Thanks to the other staff members who accompanied the pupils on the trip -Mr Quinn, Mr McAfee, Mr McAlister, Mrs McCollum and Miss Doherty. Well done to the 43 pupils who went on the trip - they should be commended for their enthusiasm and behaviour throughout the weekend!