Friday, January 11, 2019

MOUNTRATH students ended up in jail on a school tour they’ll never forget.

But it all ended happily when the teenagers were released for good behaviour during a memorable trip to Belfast.

Crumlin Road Gaol, the Titanic Museum and Stormont were among the iconic locations visited by Mountrath Community School students on a three-day visit to the city.

The group of senior history students thoroughly enjoyed the entertaining but educational stay, which brought their academic studies to life.

Teacher Rose Dunne said it was a wonderful opportunity for students to uncover a variety of historic gems, as part of their senior history course. Students loved the visit and learned so much about Northern Ireland.

Among the undisputed highlights of the tour was the spectacular Titanic Museum, an enormous and beautifully designed exhibition centre that has won many international awards.

The world’s largest Titanic visitor attraction is located just 100 metres from where the ill-fated ship’s hull was constructed and launched. Students were fascinated by the spectacular museum, which extends over nine interactive galleries and includes special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features. They explored the shipyard, travelled to the depths of the ocean and uncovered the true story of Titanic in the city where it all began.

Students also enjoyed visits to Crumlin Road Gaol, a former prison dating from the Victorian era and to the imposing parliament building at Stormont, where they were given a guided tour and explored the beautiful surroundings of the Stormont Estate.

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