Coláiste Muire student visits European Parliament
Congratulations to 5th Year student, Eoghan Gethings who has spent the last week in Strasbourg. Eoghan won the trip by completing an online quiz on Graduate.ie. Graduate.ie is a FREE online competition for Second Level Students to take part in and learn about important Local and National topics.
Eoghan met with European Parliament vice-president, Mairéad McGuiness and went on a guided tour of Strasbourg, including a boat trip and city tour.
The following is a report on his trip:
I won this trip during TY last year, as part of the graduate.ie quiz. I was one of twenty-four other 4th and 5th year students from across Ireland who got to experience this amazing opportunity.
We flew into Brussels bright and early on Tuesday morning and went straight to the main EU building there where we met one of Ireland’s MEPs Mairead McGuiness. She talked to us about what her typical day was like (normally jam-packed with meetings with various important people!) and a bit about how the parliament works. We also visited the famous ‘Atomium’ Science Centre in Brussels which was just such a cool experience and gave us spectacular views of the city.
The next day, we travelled down to Strasbourg in our coach, stopping off for a quick ramble in Luxembourg. We settled into where we were staying and prepared for the big day in the European Parliament.
Thursday came and it was fantastic. We got to spend the day in the European Parliament building, sit in the actual seats where MEPs normally sit, and discuss topical issues like migration and climate change with people our age from across Europe. It was such a valuable and eye-opening experience to see so many different opinions that students had from countries like Bulgaria, Estonia and others.
Unfortunately Friday was our last day but we made great use of it! We managed to fit in a walking tour and a boat tour of the beautiful old city of Strasbourg. We also got to go inside the Cathedral which offered great views of the area.
We flew home Friday evening. The entire group was so close by the end; it was like we had known each other for years, rather than just four days!”