Sunday, 16 September 2018

Ali Meeke - World Cup Final 2018

August 5, 2018 and by some outlandish miracle the Ireland Women's hockey team were lined-up next to their Dutch counterparts in the tunnel, about to run on the pitch to play in the final of the World Cup.  I'll never forget that feeling, absolutely fan girling over every single one.  I looked at each player from the front line to the back, with the biggest smile on my face, relishing this moment, this opportunity, this experience - one that was about to change my life forever.  I visulaised certain situations, thought about how I promised myself I would not stop working as hard as I could out there because we knew that the Dutch play the best give and go game.  The adrenaline was pumping, and then we were running out of the tunnel.
We were assailed by a sea of green support, with surging cries and cheers that took my breath away.  We ran by flames leaping high into the air, but nothing could compare to the warmth of support that came washing over us from the crowd.  An then the anthem - reverberating around the stadium -  an experience that neither hockey, nor any sport had ever had before... Our anthem being played at a World Cup Final.  Similar large events happen for rugby, for football, but this time it was our turn, the turn of women's hockey, it was our turn, our day.  Overwhelmed by emotion, no tears fell, for we had done it - this was the final and we would savour it forever.
Ali Meeke
Memories of the Greatest Day

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Waiting For Godot - Drama

On Wednesday 3 May, Forms 4 and 5 pupils from the cast and crew of the 2017 HSD One Act Drama Festival Entry, 'Last Class on a Monday', had the pleasure of attending the Abbey Theatre to see the Druid Theatre Company’s production of Samuel Beckett’s 'Waiting for Godot'.  A number of Form 5 pupils had been introduced to Beckett in our Transition Year Drama module, but we didn’t quite know what to expect before watching the play.  The experience, as it turned out, was unexpected!  'Waiting for Godot' proved to be a philosophical journey through an existential crisis from a humorous perspective. The piece was a thought-provoking experience and a great example of how empty Samuel Beckett felt his time was when he served with the Red Cross in Normandy. The staging was magnificent and the performance was expertly acted with subtlety and class. Overall, the visit to the Abbey Theatre was an extremely enjoyable experience that enhanced our knowledge of drama.
Avery Angle