A group of 27 mature French students from Bordeaux and their teacher, Christine Calastrene visited and based themselves in Castleisland last week to improve and to practice their English.
They have been learning the language for a few years and wanted to discover the beauty and culture of Ireland in the course of their studies.
They were warmly welcomed by local host families and coordinators, Lillian and Glyn Cronin shared their lives for the week.
The trip was co-ordinated at this side by the Galway based, Corrib County Educational Ltd.
Its function is to provide educational programmes to foreign students visiting Ireland. It has centres in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Kerry and Monaghan and its Kerry co-ordinator is Lillian Cronin from Castleisland.
Music at Browne’s Bar
While here, the party from Bordeaux did the Ring of Kerry and visited: Dingle, Listowel, Ballybunion and Kinsale.
In Castleisland they enjoyed a wonderful night of Irish Traditional Music at Browne’s Bar on Friday night.
“The tourists came to discover Ireland and to work on their English – but they will definitely return for the warmth of its people and hospitality. Many thanks to all the host families, tour guides, Sheila O’Donoghue and Margaret Miller who participated in this project,” said Lillian.
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