We started our day with a visit to South West College. They specialize in sustainability and trades programs. There we learned about Passive House architecture and principles (super insulation, thermal bridging, triple glazed windows, airtightness, and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery). Besides the Passive House design, they focus on biomass & biofuels, biogas, sustainable & Passive construction, waste & recycling, energy management, energy storage, and new product development & testing. We then had an opportunity to check out their R & D labs as well as their trades classrooms in the areas of electrical engineering, brickwork/plastering, painting, plumbing/heating, carpentry, manufacturing, and motor vehicle repair.
After our college visit, we went to a magical place called Cavan Burren Park. We had the opportunity to see, walk amongst, and even touch numerous megolithic monuments. These prehistoric monuments (and habitation sites) were preserved in a peat bog that was incredibly fun to walk through! Very spongy! The place also felt incredibly spiritual. We didn't talk much while our guide Shamus led us through and explained each site. We saw rock walls, tombs, and remnants of huts from 6,000 years ago. I still can't quite wrap my mind around how old they were. We came back to Bundoran and ended the night with some Irish trivia. Our team name was Nō ka 'oi, and we ended up coming out on top and winning a basket of Irish goodies!