Every year in early May, as the TYs trudge onto the coach for the Gaisce hike, the irrepressible Gav Maguire always treats them to a virtuoso performance of the Johnny Nash/Jimmy Cliff classic ‘I Can See Clearly Now’. He nimbly cavorts up and down the aisle of the bus, effortlessly reaching the high notes and hi-fiving and back-slapping as he predicts a ‘sun-shiny day’… and lies through his mellifluous teeth! Because, despite Gav’s upbeat and sunny disposition, it always rains on the TY Gaisce hike!
And not just a ‘soft day’ drizzle…the boys usually get the kind of downpour which turns the Wicklow mountains into a series of torrents and mudslides. Well this year, the clouds came and went, but it was on the whole, actually a bright, bright sun-shiny day and even the notorious curmudgeons in the class begrudgingly admitted that they enjoyed the experience, completing 31km over two days! It was so much fun that Gav did it again with Fifth Years the following week! Well done, Gav, on the singing and the hiking, and, of course, to Mr. Bolger, Ms. Speller and Ms. Long for providing the accompaniment!