Tourism students heading to Ireland

Amanda Jess
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NEW GLASGOW – It takes the green stuff to get to the green isle. Four tourism students from the Nova Scotia Community College Pictou campus are raising funds to take themselves to Ireland as part of their course.

Four tourism students from the NSCC campus in Stellarton are heading to Ireland in April. Pictured from left are Michaela Burke, Oree Weatherby, Katie MacKenzie and Kelsey Smith. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS

The trip is meant to be a learning experience, teaching them about the tourism industry in another part of the world, giving them a chance to travel and write about it in a blog.

“I’m just excited to go to Ireland. It’s always been my place to go,” Katie MacKenzie said.

Second-year tourism students are given the opportunity to go on a trip each year, with the location typically changing.

Each student has her own reasons for getting into the course, whether it’s a stepping stone to another related career path, or a chance to learn more about travelling.

“A lot of my family have done tourism as a business, so I grew up with it,” Kelsey Smith said about her own reason.

All four students are excited for different aspects of the trip, including the chance to see cliffs, castles, the landscapes, and the zoo.

They’ll be leaving in April on a guided tour, visiting southern Ireland, including Dublin, Killarney, the Cliffs of Moher, the Blarney Stone, as well as a few castles.

They’ve been fundraising since last year, selling tickets on baskets, a stained glass window, and a night at Liscombe Lodge.

Their latest event is a spaghetti dinner at The Celtic Circle on March 29, where they’ll be serving in the banquet hall.

The low-cost homemade dinner comes right before the first Music Shapes New Glasgow show, Celtic night.

“The NSCC students volunteered at the St Patrick's Day event held here this past weekend in support of the Carillon Singers. They collected tips and sold tickets to their fundraising dinner. We look forward to working with them again on March 29,” Jannine Howell, venue co-ordinator, said.

The family-friendly event begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $7.50 for anyone under 10 years old.

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda

Geographic location: Ireland, Southern Ireland, Dublin Killarney

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