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Minutes of the fifth meeting (Dublin & Tallaght, Eire)

Main organizer and project coordinator Kevin Harrington at a tram stop in Tallaght

Welcome and opening introduction with real Irish music

Wednesday, 29/6/2011

The participants are arriving to Dublin (Baile Átha Cliath). Most of the participants stays in the Maldron Hotel Tallaght in the South Dublin County (Dublin 24 – Tallaght), some Spain participants with their families in the centre of Dublin. The team is complete and the workshop can follow the agenda leaflet (950.16 KiB). Welcome reception started at 18:30 in County Dublin VEC office. After official opening speeches the spirit of Ireland was brought by the dances and music performed by students from local schools. All participants also passed an interesting lecture on basic Irish phrases like e.g.

  • Dia duit! ( = Hello!)
  • Go raibh maith agat! ( = Thank you!)
  • Slán go fóill! ( = Good bye!)

An informal partners discussions then followed with light refreshment.

Thursday, 30/6/2011

Completing a mind map during the first workshop After breakfast all the participants went to the County Dublin VEC office again. After a short introduction and participants registration Rosemarie McGill (Development Officer, County Dublin VEC) opened the first workshop devoted to Creative Approaches to Communications. The intensive communication was prolonged also over the coffee break.

The followed two partners activities, a presentation by Aaron Borg (Malta) Adult Learning in St Theresa College (3.55 MiB) and a lesson of Portugal for foreigners (462.5 KiB) by Arte Via team, which was finished by a joined singing a song O Que Faz Falta from the time of Portugal revolution.

Then the participants split into their national groups to follow the co-ordinator's instructions and translate the Framework of Enjoyable Learning Approaches (150.53 KiB), one of the project outcomes, into their languages. After a lunch which was comfortably prepared at the place of the workshop agenda the co-ordinators discuss the completing of the common parts of the project final report.

Maltese participant in the Trinity College courtyard After three o'clock all the participants got the LUAS tram returned tickets from Kevin and enjoyed the journey along the Red line to Abbey Street and walked via the O'Connel bridge across the river Liffey to Trinity College. There we could admire an important piece of the Irish history – the Book of Kells, a beautifully illuminated manuscript Gospel book which is more than 1200 years old. Now it is located in the magnificent Trinity College Library.

Before the dinner everybody has about one hour to explore the centre of Dublin, namely its Grafton Street and its surroundings. A rich dinner followed in the Fallon & Byrne Restaurant at the Exchequer Street. After enjoying the menu (25 KiB) and the discussion participants choose their own way hot to make their acquaintance with Dublin.

Friday, 1/7/2011

The morning session started at 9:00 with a workshop devoted to multiculturalism. The discussions in the multinational groups always moderated by the local organisers who also gave their group summary were concentrated on the communication habits in common life and their variability (and common features) throughout the project countries and their developments in time. That was the time we could really appreciate the opportunity to have also our Turkish partners involved as their positions brought interesting points into the topic.

A rose garden at Powerscourt Estate After a short coffee-break – how sad to realize this – a last session of joined project activities was on the agenda: A Conference: Reflections On Creating Joyful Learning Experiences: Outcomes of the LET’S Do It Grundtvig Project and Launch of Book led by the project coordinator Kevin Harrington. The session was opened by Denise Shannon (Leargas, Ireland) with her informative Overview of European projects (531 KiB). Then Kevin Harrington spoke about Background to LET’s Do It Project (401.88 KiB), Lukáš Richterek (Czech Republic) and Jonathan Borg (Malta) described the development of The Project’s Website (27.15 MiB), Jan Říha (Czech Republic) projected about a twnety-minute video document about previous project meetings, Francis Fabri (Malta, St. Theresa College, co-editor of the project book (17.91 MiB)) presented The Evaluation of the Project and Development of Book (1.86 MiB) and finally Kevin Harrington informed about The Questionnaires and the Framework of Enjoyable Learning Approaches (154.47 KiB), the specific outcomes of the project. At the end, every participant was given a copy of the project book ans a certificate of participation.

As on the previous day, a lunch with tea or coffee was prepared in the conference room and the partner institutions co-ordinators moderated by Kevin continued in their completing some parts of the final report. As the agenda and the books transport took a little more time than it was planned, after the half past three P.M. our Grundtvig group got in the porepared bus and left for the visit of the lovely place Powerscourt House and Gardens.

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Jonnie Fox's Pub in Glencullen As the time passes so quickly, we made a group photo at the magnificent stairs and had about an hour to walk, enjoy the fresh air, lovely sceneries in sunshine and take some snaps full of flowers. After that peaceful minutes we went on to the Dublin mountains admiring a picturesque views of the country before we enter “the highest Pub in Ireland”, the very special Johnnie Fox's in Glencullen. We have really enjoyed being at the same place like many presidents and other celebrities, the traditional menu (25 KiB) and especially the live traditional music and dancing in a very lovely atmosphere. What a nice final stop after the project meetings!

On the way back the two Spanish partners – Pepe and Olga – get off at a green tram line and after arrival in the hotel we had to say goodbye to each other with the sincere hope this was not the last time together!

Saturday, 2/7/2011

In the morning some participants left for their homes, some groups stayed to enjoy the spirit of Ireland for one or more extra days. The weather was very pleasant all the time even for those who are used to the Mediterranean climate which even strengthened the feeling of very kind Irish hospitality!

A live music at the Johnnie Fox's A countryside in Dublin Mountains, Glencullen

So – LET'S do it AGAIN one day!