Hi, hola, bonjour, ciao, hallo, konnichiwa
If you are looking for a big fancy house with swimming pools and chandeliers, fancy games room, and a personal cleaner, good luck my friend, carry on searching, this isn’t the house or family for you, lol. Well not unless I win the lotto 🙂 .
But if you are looking for a house with a large family, full of laughter, fun and good company, keep reading. You will be treated as one of the family and when you come home from school or a trip away, there will always be someone to ask ‘how was your day?’ 🙂
Welcome to the O Donnell Family 🙂 .
We are a family with 6 children. The eldest child is 12, the youngest is 5 months (as of Feb 2017). We have been hosting students for the past 6 years, all of whom are still in touch with us and some have even come back again. We are a happy, relaxed family who like to have fun and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. .
Our 7 bedroom house is located in a nice quiet country location in Co. Tipperary, over 1km from the small town of Borrisoleigh and 12km from the larger town of Thurles. Next door to our house is Fairy Fort Farm which is owned by Derry’s father. It is open to visitors during the Summer (for us all year round 🙂 ) and has a wide mixture of animals such as ponies, goats, ducks, hens, geese, rabbits etc. www.fairyfortfarm.com.
Outdoor activities are a favourite pastime here. It could be just a nice walk around the farm next door, feeding the animals or a hike to the top of the nearby Devil’s Bit mountain close by. You can see what it is like on this video:-
Trip to Devils Bit Mountain video. Much better in real life though! .
We have a 9 seater car/ mini bus for transporting us all around and like to go on excursions to woodland walks, lakeside locations or various festivals. .
The kids have their own ponies and also love horse riding and pony trekking in a nearby pony trekking centre www.timotrec.com. My eldest daughter bought her 1st pony called Paddy from the trekking centre owner Clare. Paddy is great with my other children as they have grown up 🙂 .
Free Wifi at Home
Most important to students is the availability of FREE Wifi at home.
Now the most important part of your school year is school, yes, lol, school .
The local secondary school is a small school with a real welcoming atmosphere from students and teachers alike. The principal gets to know every single student individually. The school has a great reputation and always competes well in academic and sporting competitions. It has won several prizes in national competitions such as the annual Young Scientists Exhibition.The school website is http://www.stjosephscollege.ie/ and most importantly for your parents lingooninja.com has a great package .
Before you have a look at your new school, I want you to answer a question? Do you want to be in an overcrowded school and just be a number with your photo on a page or come to St Joseph’s College, where the numbers are smaller, but the principal knows your name, welcomes you with open arms and will be in contact with your home school. The Irish students welcome the foreign exchange students really well and really make them feel a part of the group .
Did we mention there’s Free Wifi at home. We have lots of bicycles here also. The kids love cycling and we have some bicycles available for students to use. We have a multi bike carrier for the car so we can travel to nice scenic cycling locations.
Borrisoleigh is a small town with a great sense of community. Everybody helps each other and looks out for one another. You can visit the town website www.borrisoleigh.ie to view the latest news from the area. The town park is the focus of most sporting activity. There are 3 pitches for playing the Irish games of hurling and football, 2 tennis courts and a 1.3km walking/running track that goes around the park. Track Attack takes place every Monday night where people of all ages and abilities join in to walk, jog and run around the park in distances from 3km up to 6 or 8km. www.facebook.com/Borrisoleigh-Track-Attack Membership for the year is €5 for under 18’s.
The local hillwalking group called the ‘Bush and Briar Ramblers’ organise regular hillwalking’ trips to nearby locations. It’s a great way to experience the beautiful countryside of Tipperary and beyond New members are always welcome. https://www.facebook.com/Bush-Briar-Ramblers-788602754503183/
Another great way to make new friends is join in with Irish dancing classes www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXb7pEEcWq0 or Set dancing lessons which are on once a week in the Marion Hall in Borrisoleigh.
Borrisoleigh Community Centre and the Marion Hall host different activities in the centre of Borrisoleigh during the year. Examples include:-
Kettlebells and boxing class
Irish /set dancing