November 15th, 2015 | Uncategorized
For those that have seen the movie, P.S. I Love You, there is a scene in the movie where Gerard Butler sings the Irish song, Galway Girl, to his lover, Hilary Swank. This movie is probably one of my all-time favorites but at the time I had no idea what Galway Girl meant until I came to Ireland. Galway is a beautiful city in Ireland where Victory Scholars, Rita Gillcrease and Cory Starkey, are living for the year. If you don’t know Katie Fox and I by now, we take every second we can to travel and Galway was next on our list.
Right after coaching, Katie and I bused up to Galway to meet Cory and Rita along with Limerick Scholar, Sarah Benedetti, and last year’s Limerick Scholar, Kelsey Harris. What Katie and I failed to realize is that Galway is a lot farther from Waterford than we thought and suffered from a five-hour bus ride. But that small detail did not discourage us from a great weekend in Galway reuniting with our fellow Americans.
The gentleman Cory is, he picked his Waterford girls up from the bus station and took us back. The walk was interesting enough. Clearly, Katie and I have been spoiled in Waterford. Galway was raining extremely hard and had strong winds almost taking out poor little Katie with its hurricane-like weather. As soon as we arrived to Rita and Cory’s apartment to meet up with everyone, the reunion started to hit off. There were tons of laughter and excitement as we talked for long hours catching up. Even better, Rita, who is a phenomenal cook, made all of us dinner combining barbeque chicken, corn, rice and pasta on a plate of deliciousness….talk about what such great hosts Rita and Cory are!! Later that evening, we explored Galway’s streets and hit up a local nightclub. You can bet a reunion is a guarantee of good craic (fun) as the night started to wind down.
The next following day, Rita gave us a brief tour of Galway since Cory couldn’t join us due to coaching obligations. Galway’s medieval buildings and cobblestone streets were a lot prettier to see in the daylight despite its cloudy weather. Us girls stopped at a nearby café shop to grab food before busing back. It was sad departing Galway so soon, yet this mini Galway trip definitely outweighed the long bus ride back special thanks to Rita and Cory :).
Victory Scholar: Jazmen Boone
Present University: Waterford IT
US League: CAA
Club/Community Partner: Waterford Wildcats
Alma Mater: The College of William and Mary
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland