Residents of Dunlavin may have been surprised to see the Spanish flag flying and hearing Spanish accents around the town this week.
A group of 13 (9 children, 2 teachers and 2 parents) are staying with host families in Dunlavin for a week and attending school at the local Jonathan Swift National School. Their school in Milagros (1 hour north of Madrid) is twinned with Jonathan Swift .
This endeavour is to maintain and enhance the teaching of Spanish in the National School, to swap educational projects online and to give opportunities to travel to learn. A group from Dunlavin hope to make a return visit to Milagros in early October.
Simon Harris TD is a candidate in the upcoming European Parliament elections and visited the School this week to meet the Spanish visitors and hold a discussion with the pupils on the European Institutions. He answered questions on a range of topics from the location of the European Parliament to queries if the European Parliament ever robbed ideas from the Irish government!
Joe and Sarah O’ Flynn are holding a farewell reception on Friday evening for the Spanish visitors and host families. The group will visit Dublin on Saturday and travel home on Sunday.