by local correspondent email@example.com @thenationalist
Carrick-on-Suir's Comeragh College students welcomed their French penpals for a visit filled with fun, conversation and culture this month.
Students from Collège St-Viateur in Amplepuis near Lyon in France took time out of their Irish school tour to visit the newly-opened Comeragh College campus at Tinvane.
The visitors received a rousing reception with "Ireland’s Call" and the French national anthem "La Marseillaise" being sung by both sets of students.
The schools exchanged gifts representing their localities and both Irish and French students were delighted to finally meet up with each other in person after a year-long exchange of letters, voice messages and emails.
The project, coordinated by French teacher Ms Crimmins in Comeragh College and Mme Catto in Collège St-Viateur, was formed through the ‘e-Twinning’ initiative, which brings together language students from Europe to facilitate exchanges.
Both sets of students will sit the Irish Junior Certificate and French Brevet state exams at the end of the school year. But this day was a great opportunity to relax and share their love of sport, music, art and language to build on all their study.
The students from Amplepuis proved naturals at Gaelic Games and enjoyed the state-of-the-art facilities at Comeragh College. The visit passed quickly and it was with great regret that all too soon the French friends had to continue on their journey, which included a day tour of Dublin.
Comeragh College said it looked forward to strengthening its links with its French exchange partner in the future.