Summer Snaps: Discovering Ireland, one trip at a time

I am from Nepal, and my husband is from Bhutan, but instead of a trip abroad we will explore Ireland with our children

My husband with our daughter, Aarya, and son, Ruhaan

My husband with our daughter, Aarya, and son, Ruhaan


In the school yard just before the end of term, I got talking to some other mothers about summer holidays. They were planning trips to places such as Finland, the US, France, Spain, Poland, Canada, Iran and Switzerland. If this sounds exotic, most of these mothers were bringing their children home to their native countries. That’s the beauty of your children attending an Educate Together school: you get to meet parents from all over the world.

I am from Nepal, and my husband is from Bhutan, but we are not planning any trips abroad. This means we don’t have packing to do or flights to book, or worries about what to bring and leave behind. Entertaining the children has meant a lot of planning, so, in addition to summer camps, we are trying to organise as many day trips as possible.

Since we are working parents – I work at NUI Maynooth and my husband works for Teagasc – it’s not an option to take the full two months of the school holidays off, but we will take some time off work to spend with the children.

So far we’ve visited Glendalough, Dingle Ocean world, Powerscourt waterfall, Funtasia Water park in Drogheda, as well as Dún Laoghaire, Portrush, Fota Island, Carton House, the Cliffs of Moher and Dublin Zoo.

This photo of my husband and our children was taken on a day trip to Tayto Park. My daughter, Aarya, and son, Ruhaan, loved it. We’re looking forward to exploring more of the country over the rest of the summer.

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