Many people are scared organising a hen night, but it really isn’t’ that frightening
Hen nights have changed! In the past, a hen night just consisted of the soon to be bride having a night out on the town with a group of friends and, possibly, some relatives. And, the town concerned would have been the town the bride lived in. It was generally a cheap affair and only lasted a few hours.
Although some hen nights like that may still go on, most of them have turned into elaborate affairs requiring organisation and often more money.
How not to be left out of pocket when organising a Stag or Hen weekend
Being asked to be best man or maid of honour (chief bridesmaid) to one of your best friend’s wedding is an honour in itself and you have every right to be both proud and humbled to have been given that important role. But it is an important role that carries not only some measure of authority but also a large measure of responsibility and this responsibility is not only confined to the wedding preparations and the big day itself; you will probably be given the task of organising the hen or stag party.
Fittingly, “Gaisce” is the old Irish term for “great achievement”. There are three Gaisce award levels – bronze, silver and gold – and some youth dedicate themselves to eventually completing all three.
Personal development, community service, new experiences and adventures, health and fitness, experiential education, a sense of accomplishment, determination – these are just some of the benefits youth aged 15 to 25 encounter when they complete Gaisce, The President Award’s programme.
For each award, participants must complete activities in:
Community Involvement: From volunteering in a nursing home to mentoring younger students.
For students, a residential school trip might be the highlight of their entire academic year! Being away from home with their schoolmates, while engaging in a fun line-up of activities, they might not even realise they’re in fact gaining new knowledge and skills that they wouldn’t otherwise learn in the classroom. (You don’t have to tell them that though!)
As teachers and school staff you may feel like taking students on an overnight tour is far from a holiday. But it doesn’t have to be as tiring as you might expect. You might even find you’re having the time of your life as well!
Sandra O’Connell for ‘The Irish Times’ in July 2011 – Kildare and Wicklow Fáilte Ireland Magazine
From there, we headed for home via the Sally Gap stopping at Kippure Adventure Centre on the way. Tim and Della Kyne’s holiday development and adventure course here has all sorts of high ropes and zip wires, climbing walls and abseiling towers, and the kids loved every inch of all of them.
Best of all however was when we were handed maps and a score sheet and given the run of the estate to explore. We had never been orienteering before, … Continue reading →