Over forty students from France and Spain received lesson in Irish dancing at a north Kildare school last week.
For the past week, Maynooth Post Primary school has been playing host to a 22 strong school group from the 800 student College La Cote Radieuse, a high or secondary school from Maynooth’s French twin town of Canet-en-Roussillon, plus a 23 student group from the 1,100 pupil Alameda De’Osuna school in Madrid.
At a function in the Maynooth school on 8 May, Principal John Nevin, welcomed the students, who are in the fifteen year age group, and teaching colleagues and Maynooth Community Council chairman, Tom McMullon.
Mr. McMullon, a Scottish native, had visited Canet when the town twinning agreement was signed and Mr. Nevin said that good relations had built up between families in Canet and Maynooth.
Teachers, Jose Miguel Casares and Sonia Rodriguez, led the Spanish group while Isabelle Nugere and Jean Jacques Galiay and Cecile Roviralta led the French group.
Mr. Nevin said the aim of the trip was to learn outside the classroom, improve language and create friendships. He complimented the work of Mr. McMullon, Eddie Tobin and the Community Council on their twinning work.
Mr McMullon, addressing the French group, in particular, he said it was sad to see Mr. Sarkozy going and he hoped the new President, Mr. Hollande, would bring some good news to Ireland.
“We need it,” he added, urging them to persuade others to come to Ireland.