The links between China and Shannon town are stronger than most other Irish towns enjoy. Indeed, the Shannon Free zone has been credited by the Chinese as a template for their own rapid economic development. Vice President Xi’s recent visit to Ireland featured heavily in the Chinese media. His visit to Croke Park in particular and the images of him playing hurling received widespread attention.
Those links were strengthened further on Tuesday, April 17th when the Shannon College of Hotel Management teamed up with Go Gaelic for an introductory course to Gaelic Games for their international students. The Shannon college is a world renowned preparatory school for aspiring hotel managers and now boasts a large intake of Chinese students every year amongst its international enrollment.
40 students, 30 from China along with students from the Seychelles and Estonia took part in the fun event that combined a brief audio visual introduction followed by a practical coaching session in the nearby Wolfe Tones GAA Grounds. This positive intercultural interaction will no doubt increase awareness of Irish sporting culture in the above mentioned countries and hopefully the day will live long in the memory of all the participants.
As well as the Go Gaelic team, we were privileged to have Dublin Senior Hurling Manager Anthony Daly, Clare Senior Hurling Manager Davy Fitzgerald, Clare hurling star John Conlon and Clare football star Gary Brennan on board for the action-packed afternoon. See the gallery for more photos of this event.