Na Cupla Focal *11 – Northern Weekend

** In case you were unable to read the latest newsletter we emailed out today here is the text:

Northern Weekend – 09/02/12

So you’ve arrived, settled in, experienced the nightlife…what next?! It’s time for a fun filled IFSA-Butler weekend and you’re all invited!! We’d almost go as far as saying it’s mandatory! Castles, crazy rock formations, scary rope bridges and much much more…

To sign up for this weekend and to let us know your roommate preference email Maria by Thursday 2nd at 5pm

Thursday February 9th

Coaches will pick you up and bring you to Belfast (no bumpy roads we promise!). That evening we’ve got Dinner in the hotel. After dinner you are free for the evening.

Friday February 10th

Full Day Excursion of the North Antrim Coast

The trip includes at stop at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle and the Giant’s Causeway, three of the country’s most spectacular sights. Lunch is provided en-route. During the excursion, we will be escorted by members of the Northern Ireland Tour Guide Association.

Saturday February 11th

No trip to Belfast would be complete without a chance to gleam some understanding of ‘the Troubles‘. On Saturday morning we pack you off on a ‘Black Taxi Tour‘ of west Belfast. On the tour, the local taxi drivers bring you to both Protestant and Catholic parts of the city and talk you through what life was like during the conflict.

Sunday February 12th

Up early for departure at 9.30am. Please be fed, packed and ready to go. The coaches will be waiting!!

Nuts and Bolts

We are leaving on Thursday, February 9th.
Cork – Coach will leave University Hall at 9.00am sharp.
Dublin & Maynooth – Coach will leave IFSA Office, 46 Merrion Square at 2.00pm sharp.
Limerick – Coach will leave from the Foundation Building Car Park
at 9.00am sharp.
Galway & Burren – Coach will leave from Menlo at 10.30am sharp.

Ireland – Our Top 5

Here’s our suggestions, what are yours?!

1. Aran Islands: With it’s spectacular coastline, linguistic and cultural heritage, this is a trip not to be missed. See our facebook page for a special IFSA-Butler deal too!

2. Newgrange: Older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids and it’s also a UNESCO heritage site.

3. The Burren: A very strange landscape (almost like the moon!) but there is no denying that the Burren is pretty amazing.

4. The Ring of Kerry & Dingle: Again this is not to be missed. You are guaranteed to leave with amazing photos and memories.

5. Powerscourt and Glendalogh: Close to Dublin with beautiful scenery, great little country pubs and wonderfully long walks!

Irish Phrases – Valentines Special


For all those Casanova’s, here are a few handy phrases in Gaelige (our native tougue!) to hopefully get your loved ones heart racing!!

I’m in love with you: táim i ngrá leat (taw-im inn graw lat)

my heart: mo chroí (muh kree)

you’re beautiful: Tá tú go h-álainn (tah too goh hau-ling)

love of my heart: grá mo chroí (graw muh kree)

friends: cairde (kar-da)

6 Nations Rugby


Probably the best sporting competition in the world! The 6 Nations begins this weekend and in case you hadn’t noticed yet it’s a pretty big deal for us Irish. In 2009 Ireland won all 5 of their games winning the “Grand Slam” for the first time in 61 years.

This weekend sees the Irish hopefully begin their 2012 campaign with a win over Wales in the Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road to us traditionalists!) in Dublin. The following weekend sees their first away game when they visit France, the World Cup runners-up.

Follow the 6 nations on the web:

Photography Competition

Ireland Office

As with the Adventure Weekend, we will be running a photo competition. Photos can be of anything from your time here in Ireland, but added weight will be given to great pictures from our weekend up North! Winning photos will be printed and framed to present to the three winners at the farewell meal.

Cash prizes are:
1st Place: €50
2nd Place: €30
3rd Place: €20

IFSA-Butler also runs a photo competition for all IFSA-Butler students. Details of the competition can be found here.