Accommodation

Hey, if you are here, you want to know what it’s like to be in a roommate with other people because it may be your first time or you don’t know which student accommodation to take and you wait for my opinion.

First, in Sligo, there are several students accommodations and the one where I was called Yeats Village.

Yeats-Village

I don’t know if it’s better or worse than the others but for a relatively reasonable price of 1782 € for 4 months, the residence was complete, there was a living room and a common kitchen, and each people had its own bedroom and bathroom.

Otherwise, for me, it was the first time I was roomming with strangers abroad and it was a really good experience. After that, it really depends with who we are, but for my part, my roommates were awesome, one was called Julien and was in business school and the other, Jérémy, was in the same engineering school as me but at Lyon, both was french like me.

Colocation

However, being in colocation means that there are rules to respect, that is to say to leave clean and accessible the commonplaces and not to enter in the private places of the others without their authorization what seems normal.

Afterwards, for cleaning tasks and cooking, there was not too much difficulty. Julien not being in the same school as us and so not having the same schedules had become autonomous on food and others.

So for cleaning tasks such as to wash the dishes, we switched with Jérémy. For washing the laundry, we washed in common to save money. However, you should know that the laundry machines only accept coins of 1€ and that is 5€, so either you have to provide money or you could exchange with Joe, the administrative person who was in charge of Yeats Village.

For the kitchen, most of the basic utensils were available as a stove, a saucepan, a hot plate or an oven. Afterwards, personally, I like to cook at home so I used it and it was an opportunity to test new recipes.

18110556_10212610250842016_622000002_nFinally, I highly recommend this residence and take roommate.

Axel RAFFATIN

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Cultural differences

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There are many cultural differences between France and Ireland but let me tell you some of them:

Food: In France, we eat a lot of pasta and tacos. In Ireland it seems that people are more into French fries, chicken tenders and pizza.

I also think that French students cook more than Irish students. That is maybe because in France, we have a lot of cooking shows on TV, so French people learn how to cook by watching TV.

Hardly arrived in Sligo i had to fill the fridge so i had to go either at Tesco, Aldi or Lidl.
I noticed that there is a restricted choice of food but they are big fans of beef. We cannot find a lot of fish even if we are located on the coast. Also prices are very exaggerated. For example a jar of Nutella costs around 5 euros and a pack of cigarettes costs 11 euros . As a french guy i am fond of wine and cheese but i think you should bring some of them in your luggage like i did because it is authorized and you will not eat the only cheese named Cheddar and disgusting wines which taste like exported vinegar.

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A mix of a sweet white wine, wild boar terrine, Salami, Duck foie gras, lump-fish roe, snails, blue cheese, Artisons cheese, Brie cheese, St Nectaire cheese, Goat cheese, Camembert cheese, Salers and Gaperon directly imported from France.

Pubs and Clubs: Pubs tend to open earlier and it is more usual to see Irish people drinking a beer or a tea in the afternoon than in France. Guinness is one of the finest and tastiest beer. the biggest Guinness storehouse is located in Dublin.

I was very disappointed about clubs that close at 2.30 sometimes 3 am instead of 6 am in France. At this time students prefer having house parties.

Dress code: In Ireland, everyone tends to dress the same way, while in France being fashion is being dressed differently. I also noticed that Irish people do not really care about being cold especially when they are going out at night.

At school, the majority of Irish students prefer to wear a tracksuit instead of wearing a jean or a dress even if it is cold.

Manners: This question is difficult because French people have a lot of manners. Basically, in France, you do handshakes or cheek kiss to greet someone. In Ireland you just say hello. Also I think that French people are more keen on keeping their house clean because they do not wear shoes inside.

Punctuality:  Being on time is a real problem in Ireland even if it is normal to be 10 minutes or 1 hour late. Irish people tend to be cooler for that whereas in France, it is very bad considered to be 5 minutes late. However it is more appreciable when somebody arrives 10 minutes earlier. In Ireland this cannot happen.

Communication: Irish people are very friendly and they talk about anything at any time even in a pub or in the street contrary to France where people answer rudely or look at you like a pervert even if you ask for the time or your way if you are getting lost. Irish people are very open minded. Also, the dialog between students and teachers is not as formal as in France.

Pace of life: In France, students have class from Monday to Friday and sometimes on Saturday. In Ireland, students start their courses at 9 am and finish sooner. Usually their lessons end on Friday.

Jérémy BARGE

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Trekking

During the holidays Alexis and I decided to stay here, in Ireland, because we wanted to discover the Donegal county which counts a lot of interesting things to see. Thus, we borrowed some friend’s bikes who went back in France to go on a trekking to the Slieve League cliffs, the highest of Europe.

That way, we established a trip from Sligo to Kilcar and a way back in five steps :

From Sligo to Bundoran

On the first day, we did 36km by bike and this allowed us to arrive early enough so we can visit the known seaside town. We walk along the cliffs after a little rest and we ate in town. We rent a private room and the host was very thoughtful and welcoming and this is one of the greatest qualities we have found in all our Irish hosts.

 

From Bundoran to Mountcharles 

On the day 2, we left the beautiful Bundoran for Mountcharles, 40 km further. During this journey, we rode through the deep Irish countryside and saw a lot of beautiful landscapes. The town Donegal was on our way and we stopped there to have lunch even if we didn’t have time to visit because we planned a little walk into the woods in near Mountcharles. Our accommodation was a very comfortable apartment with a view on the Inver bay.

 

From Mountcharles to Kilcar 

On the third day, we did 50 km to go to the Slieve League. We had to ride on a national road which was the only one the reach our purpose. It leads us to Killybegs, a beautiful fishing port and where we met lovely people during a break. We also ate on the Fintra beach which was gorgeous despite of the cold wind. Then, at the end of the day we arrived to the Slieve League and went back to Kilcar to find our accommodation for the night, in the middle of the countryside where nobody seems to live during this season !

 

From Kilcar to Laghy

On the day 4, we did the fourty first kilometers during the morning to do a longer break in Donegal : we ate in a little dinner and visit the town. We visited the abbey and its graveyard, the castle and the church. Then, few kilometers further we arrived in Laghy which was a beautiful little town. We went on a walk to the nearest beach and ate in our accommodation. Every Bed&Breakfast institute where we spent time were gorgeous and the Irish breakfast is the best one to start a day of cycling !

From Laghy to Sligo

Finally, on the last day we had to ride for 63 km until home. We made a detour to see one of the most beautiful Irish beach according to our host in Laghy, the beach of Rossnowlagh. It was the hardest journey we had to do because of the distance and the weather wasn’t very good either. We took the same road as the day 1, rode through the deep countryside and then joined the national road in Drumcliff where we visited the Parish Church and saw the grave of the famous poet W. B. Yeats. Also, the only one city that we had to go through was Ballyshannon and its town center was really lovely.

Aurélie

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Travel in Ireland

Since we arrived in Ireland, Alexis and I visited many different cities : Dublin and Galway are the main because we stayed there longer than the others one.

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The first one was Galway, we were a group of six students to go there. Thus, we went there by bus and the return ticket cost us  thirty euros per person. When we reached our destination, we dropped our bags at the youth hotel, which cost us fifty euros per person for two night (breakfast included),  and then we went for a walk into the city. We went in few pubs and watched a rugby match. This city was a little more lively than Sligo and the atmosphere was great : as we were staying in the city center we were close to the pedestrian streets and so festivities.

On the second day we have rented bikes and went for a ride through the Connemara lakes. We saw amazing landscape despite of the weather that wasn’t very clement.

Connemara

The second one was Dublin. We went to Dublin by rail to meet Alexis’ parents and visit the city during the week end. The return ticket cost us thirty eight euros but it was more pleasant than the bus, according to me. I didn’t want to go back to Sligo by car so I decided to take the train and I met an Irish woman that used to teach English in a french university. I think that train is a good way to share with other people that you don’t even know, it feels very good to meet and talk with Irish people.

In Dublin the weather wasn’t on our side either because it rained the entire two days with a cold wind. Nonetheless, we visited several places such as Temple Bar and the Trinity College, walking along the Liffey river. We stayed in an hotel in the area named “The Liberties”. For our last lunch we ate at the oldest pub in Dublin, the Brazen Head.

To make a comparison between Ireland and France, we can say that concerning the rail the ticket price is a little bit lower than in France in regards to regular trains. Even if the country size isn’t as big, it still permit you to cross the entire Ireland in three hours for nineteen euros as a student.

Aurélie 

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College life

On our first day at the IT Sligo, we received our timetable. We found it very convenient because we had enough free time to practice extra-curricular activities and to visit the surroundings. We then discovered that plenty of activities were organized at the Knockarea Arena without having to register so we decided to go at the badminton training every monday. Moreover, several other ESME students also went there, which allowed us to get to know more about those we did not already know.

Concerning the lectures, all of them were interesting. The Software engineering class taught us how to work as a team and how to behave in a business situation. Then the English business lesson allowed us to consolidate our bases in grammar while discussing current affairs. Moreover, the Embedded System, Microcontroller and Data communication labs has enabled us to improve our code skills.

In each lectures, the workload wasn’t too large which permit us to focus on other things such as discovering Ireland and its culture.

About making new friends, we didn’t really have the opportunity to be part of an Irish group, our class only had a few who were not necessarily very talkative. However, we developed a good cohesion within our group of french students.

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Alexis

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First impressions

From our arrival in Sligo, we were immediately conquered by the choice of our destination.

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Calry Church, Sligo

We wanted to discover a new country and we had a lot of positive feedback about Ireland :  it was the perfect occasion.

To reach Sligo we had to take the plane from Paris to Dublin, and from this point we went to the Connolly Station by cab : it was our first meeting with the Irish culture. We instantly realized that the Irish were warm and welcoming people.

The taxi driver was very talkative and after asking us a lot of questions he told us his experience with France : he used to live there. Once we arrived to the train station he even helped us to locate ourselves in relation to the trains.

The night had already fallen when we took the train, so we unfortunately could not admire the Irish landscapes. Finally, we arrived at Sligo and took another cab until our accommodation : we were so tired that it seemed perfect to us (and still does).

The next day, we went for a walk in the surroundings and in the city center. It seemed a bit long on foot but we were delighted to discover Sligo and, moreover, during our first week we only had good weather. We found the town to be very beautiful and to the image of Ireland: green.

Our first day at the IT went was great, we were very well received by all the lecturers who immediately put us at ease and introduced themselves. Also, the IT’s structure was very impressive in its architecture but fortunately we had the right to a full tour.

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Doorly Park, Sligo

This picture represents our first impressions of our first pedestrian exit during the sunny days. We walked along the Garavogue river until we arrived at the Lough Gill, the lake that border on Sligo.

Alexis & Aurélie

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