Goodbye Carlow

Posted By: MaevePapahus
Posted On: May 21st, 2018
Attending: Institute of Technology Carlow

They say time flies when your having fun and I can not agree anymore with that statement. I just had to say goodbye to all the victory scholars as we met one last time all together in Dublin. It felt like just the other day we were all in New York on August 22nd 2017 meeting for the first time and heading out for our 9 month journey in Ireland. As I sit here and reflect on my time as a Victory Scholar, I can’t help but think how grateful I am to have be given this opportunity. I have grown so much throughout my time here.

I get this question a lot about what my favorite thing about Ireland is. My answer to that question ever single time is “the people”. Everyone I have met along this journey has welcomed me with open arms and I can’t thank them enough. From the girls I got the privilege to coach in Carlow, Dermot O’Brien and the Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach boys and girls, Kojack, Danny McCarthy, my teammates to name just a few.

But the people who have become a second family to me are the Dunne Family. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without them this year. Jackie and Damo have become my Irish mom and dad, literally! They always had me over for family dinners, sleepovers constantly and made me feel as if I was at a home away from home. Meg and Holli Dunne have become my best friends who I will be in contact with the rest of my life. Just that alone, meeting two girls I can call my best friends, makes this journey absolutely amazing! And of course can’t forget about my brother/sister relationship I made with Dylan Dunne. I can’t even put into words how grateful and appreciative I am for the Dunne family. Jackie you are an angel and everyone that get a chance to meet you is so lucky! I can’t wait for you guys to all come visit me in New York!

Thank you Carlow for making this the best year ever. You will always have a piece of my heart!

New York, I’ll see you soon!

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