TWENTY seven members of the Bay Zone Youth Club travelled to Holland last Tuesday where they enjoyed a memorable four days in and around the capital, Amsterdam.
The group, made up of 22 children between the ages of 12 and 16 and their five adult leaders, stayed in Duirnell Park where they took in a range of activities.
For Glen McCourt, one of the contingent to travel, the highlight was a visit to the Amsterdam Arena, home of European football heavyweights, Ajax.
“We had a good time,” he said.
“The whole trip was good but I really enjoyed going to Ajax’s stadium.”
Glen also said he had a fantastic time in Duirnell, which housed a theme park, a water park and crazy golf as well as tennis and football facilities.
Amongst those on the trip was Dundalk Town Councillor Oliver Morgan, who was one of five leaders along with Catherine McCarthy, Briege Craven, Gabriel Reilly and Adam Coburn.
Speaking to The Dundalk Democrat about the short break following the Bay Zone group’s return on Friday, he said it was an enjoyable experience for everyone.
“It was our first trip abroad and hopefully we’ll do the same again next year.
“On the Wednesday we went to the Nemo science centre, which is similar to the W5 in Belfast and we also visited Ajax’s stadium and Anne Frank’s house and museum.
“On Thursday some of us hired bikes to see the wider area around Duirnell and everyone enjoyed it. Some of the leaders even went down to the beach.
“I really couldn’t pick any one highlight. Just getting away and the fact it was such a huge success and everyone got home safe and sound was the highlight for me. That and the fact that everybody enjoyed themselves and had a really good time,” he said.
Ollie said everyone had a “wonderful time” with the trip being capped off nicely on Friday morning when they took in some shopping in Amsterdam.
“It was a great trip and I’d like to thank Catherine McCarthy for organising it and Gabriel Reilly for his guidance. He kept us from getting lost because he knows the area quite well.”
Bay Zone Youth Club will resume their meetings next month with new members, from fourth class upwards, most welcome. For further details check out the Bay Zone Facebook page, which also features a range of photos from the group’s first trip abroad.