February 27th, 2016 | Uncategorized
Every semester, Waterford Institute of Technology gives its students a full week off from classes, known as the Reading Week. Last semester I got the opportunity to visit London and luckily this Reading Week I was able to take a mini trip to Galway, Ireland. One of my Wildcats teammates, Sinead Deegan, was already planning to drive up and visit her older sister, Marie, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to tag along.
On the drive up, Sinead was raving about how beautiful Galway is, designating it as her favorite city in Ireland. In my head I was thinking, no way!! Truth be told, it ended up being my favorite Irish city too. Due to coaching commitments and basketball training, my short-lived experience didn’t give me any time to actually sight see Galway the first time around but this time was definitely different.
Thankfully, the lovely Galway Victory Scholar, Marritta Gillcrease, and my other good Galway buddies, Kyle, Dale and Wayne, took me on an exploration of the city. Galway was stunning, filled with diverse shops and very animated musicians on every corner where Marritta kept reiterating the fact that nice, sunny days are VERY rare so my visit was perfect timing. Leaving downtown, we ended up walking to a town called Salt Hill, which has a serene view of the beach, overlooking the water into the mountains of Irish county, Clare, since it was just a few miles up the road. Ending our tour on NUIG’s lovely campus, I was completely infatuated with Galway.
On my last day in Galway, Wayne, Kyle, and Galway’s other Victory Scholar, Cory Starkey, met up at the best coffee shop ever, Café Express, spending hours on in enjoying one another’s company. Even though my trip ended so quickly, I knew the next time I returned to Galway I would have a family to come back to, friends who I admire and adore.
P.s. special thanks to the Galway Titans’ coaches for letting Rita and I join your practice 🙂
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