Video: The Irish Embassy and Dinamo Zagreb Stadium

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On May - 3 - 2019

We were invited to the Irish Embassy in Zagreb by ambassador Olive Hempenstall. She explained the work of the embassy and notable links between Ireland and Croatia. In 1902 the famous Irish author, James Joyce, moved to Pula on the south west coast for a year.

 

From the 16th century onwards a large number of dispossessed and defeated rebel soldiers, commonly referred to as ‘the Wild Geese’, left Ireland. They went on to serve in armies and navies across the European continent often in distinct Irish Brigades. One of the most distinguished is Laval Graf Nugent von Westmeath, born in County Westmeath in 1777. He rose to the very top of the Habsburg military and social establishment in the 19th century. Among his notable achievements, Nugent defeated Napoleon’s brother in law in battle, liberated Rome from the French, founded his own museum and campaigned for Croatian independence.

 

Throughout his lifetime he developed a strong affinity for the Croatian people, their heritage and their culture and the archaeological collections he assembled can still be viewed in the Archaeological Museum of Zagreb.

 

Our visit to Dinamo Zagreb stadium was great. Cathal wore his Antoine Griezmann jersey which didn’t go down too well with the guide who jokingly said he’d have to take it off before he would let him in. 🙂 Griezmann scored the first goal for France in the 2018 World Cup Final. His free kick led to an own goal by Mario Mandzukic of Croatia. France went on to win 4 – 2. The facilities in the stadium were fantastic with players’ bedrooms, gym, sauna, massage rooms and even an oratory. The video below shows the highlights of the day.

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  1. Thanks for coming in to see us! Thanks also for bringing across the story of Laval Nugent so well. One thing, though: France’s first goal was scored as a result of free kick that should never have been awarded. Oh well. Ireland’s ⚽️ fans know a thing or two about bad calls, no? ✋

School, Botanical Gardens and Museum of Illusions

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On May - 1 - 2019

We made some new friends at school and had a lovely time in the Botanical Gardens. The Museum of Illusions revealed just how much Evan is thriving in Croatia!

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Video: First day in Zagreb

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On April - 30 - 2019

On Monday we arrived at the school at 8.15am. We were officially welcomed by the principal, Mrs. Vlatka Kovač and the pupils from various classes performed song and dance routines after the Croatian and Irish national anthems. Then we were given a tour of the school and in the afternoon we visited Zagreb Botanical Gardens and a guide introduced us to the city and its history. The video below gives a flavour of the day.

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We have received a lovely welcome from our Croatian hosts.

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On April - 28 - 2019

We had a smooth flight from Dublin to Zagreb earlier today. We cannot thank everyone enough for the lovely welcome. Hvala najljepša!

Ruby was delighted to meet Iskra again and received a lovely welcome from her mum.
Ruby was delighted to meet Iskra again and received a lovely welcome from her mum.
Sara and her parents gave Kellyann a lovely welcome.
Sara and her parents gave Kellyann a lovely welcome.
Evan and Cathal were warmly welcomed by Ana and her parents Davor and Valerija.
Evan and Cathal were warmly welcomed by Ana and her parents Davor and Valerija.
A nice hug for Aoife from her host mum, Gordana.
A nice hug for Aoife from her host mum, Gordana.

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  1. Hope you are all enjoying yer trip so far. Thanks to all the host famlies,Padraic and Michelle for doing a great job. Enjoy the rest of the week.!

Confirmation Day 2019

Posted by Ms. Donnellan On March - 20 - 2019

Congratulations to the children from 5th and 6th class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday the 15th of March  2019. The mass was celebrated by Archbishop Michael Neary. A huge thank you to Fr Murphy and all involved for making it such an enjoyable day.

 

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