Manchester Rugby Trip, March 2018 by Tom Lanigan

We arrived at the airport early in the morning to get our flight to Manchester. The teachers and rugby coaches were there to organise us for our flight. We left grey skies in Ireland to touch down to more grey skies in Manchester at noon. After a quick lunch we headed straight to our match in St. Ambrose College. We didn’t show grand slam form but we definitely enjoyed it! We got the bus back to the hotel before enjoying “a great feed” and settling into our rooms.

The following morning there were lots of tired faces at breakfast. After breakfast we headed to the Trafford Centre for the day. When we were at the centre we were allowed to go to our favourite shops before lunch. Foot Asylum was a very popular one! When we met up for lunch everyone was wearing new clothes they had bought. After lunch we assembled at the cinema to see a movie with the teachers. After the movie we went to a nearby restaurant for dinner. Again we went back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep before our rugby match the next day. The teachers reminded us to text our parents!

At about one o’clock on Friday we got the bus to our match at Cheadle Hulme School. Again we played well but did not overcome them, except in one match. After the match we ate dinner in their canteen. We were starving and stared at the food as it came out of the kitchen! The food was gone very quickly and after thanking the school for hosting us, we carried on to a Rugby League match between Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants. At the start we got to run onto the pitch and wave flags as the teams ran out which was a great experience. It was a great game which Wigan won. We were exhausted on the ride back to the hotel and went straight to sleep once we got there.

We got our breakfast before going to play crazy golf in the Trafford Centre. It was great fun and we all were very competitive with each other. After that we got to experience the Museum of Science and Industry. Then it was time to get on the bus to the airport before saying goodbye to Manchester. Our parents were there to welcome us back at the arrivals hall in Dublin airport. Everyone in First Year said it was the best trip ever and we definitely made friends and memories to last us a lifetime!

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