Fourth Year Group Testimonials


Heywood Community School, Laois

In short, all I can say was the trip was worth the journey (1hr 15mins), worth the money and most certainly worth dirtying our wellies and hands! From the minute we arrived we were greeted with friendly faces and the cutest of animals! We were treated to freshly made hot chocolate and brownies which of course put smiles on everyone's faces! Introductions were short and sweet and students got straight into it, with half the group going to visit the farming side of the house with Brendan and with the other half moving straight to the kitchen with Sarah and Ali.

From 10am to 4pm the students learned so much about our land, growing crops, harvesting crops, and then learned how to prepare, cook and serve freshly grown produce along with other ingredients. The day in Cloughjordan gave the students a wealth of knowledge that they can now use in their own homes. They learned simple but essential kitchen skills, tasted dishes they have never tasted before, and learned about the fantastic pride in growing your own foods. Even us the Home Economics teachers left with new skills and ideas to bring to the classroom. All in all a fantastic day, made perfect with the friendliest of staff, the nicest food and a beautiful setting in Cloughjordan House. P.S. I can't wait to bring our last group of TYs to Cloughjordan House next year!


St. Mary's Secondary School Newport

Dear Peter, Sarah and Staff,

We are writing to you on behalf of our Transition Year group at St. Mary's Secondary School in Newport. Last Friday the 22nd of November, our year group took part in your workshop at Cloughjordan House. It was an enjoyable experience to say the least. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all students here at St. Mary's. As well as it being a ''fun'' experience it also had it's educational role. We learnt what life on a farm is really like. Also, we got to experience first hand what is was like to be in a real country kitchen using home-grown vegetables fresh from the garden harvested that morning. For some people this was a new experience and for others this was just part of their daily routine. We were made feel very welcome and we were treated like adults and this made us all feel even better about the day. The way in which the staff works with the students is spectacular. We would highly recommend Cloughjordan House to any other schools looking for a fun but educational thing to do. We would like to thank you all for our day-out and especially for having us welcomed into your home environment.

Thanks again, On behalf of Ms.McMahon and the Transition Year Students as St. Mary's Secondary School Newport,

Yours Sincerely , Debbie Nash and Aoife Kennedy. November 2013

Rockford Manor

Hi Sarah and Peter, back within City limits and all students dispatched home after a fab time.  We haven't had time to take stock and have a full report from the students on their visit but the general feedback is very positive.  Personally I think it was an amazing experience for our students.  I hope it will be a memorable one for them.  The photos certainly testify that the girls had great fun, they are smiling and laughing in all the photos. It was a super trip and I hope we will see you again. All the best, Mella. May 2014

St. Mary's College Arklow

Lucy, thank you so much for all the hard work that went into making our visit to Cloughjordan Cookery School such a fantastic experience! We all had a very enjoyable time! We really appreciate it. Deirdre, Siobhán and Form 6 (Spanish cookery trip).

St. Peter's College, Dunboyne, Co. Meath

Just a note to say a very sincere thank you for enabling our 5th year students to have a thoroughly enjoyable educational trip. Your personal touch, hospitality and knowledge was very much appreciated by us all.