Equinox facilitates the fifth successive Athy College & Sapporo Nishi High School Collaboration

Equinox Education Services were delighted to facilitate a 10-day programme which finished in Ireland last week between students of Athy College in Kildare and a group of sixteen high school students and their teacher from Hokkaido in Japan. This was the fifth successive annual programme at Athy College between the schools, where students came together to promote their respective cultures under the theme of internationalism.

The group visiting Kilkenny with Noel

The group visiting Glendalough

During their time in Ireland the Hokkaido pupils integrated with local pupils (including the pupils of three local primary schools) to study different aspects of Irish culture and history, as well as enjoying excursions to destinations such as Dublin, Glendalough , Kilkenny Castle and Waterford where they visited the House of Waterford Crystal. They in turn imparted many characteristics of Japanese art and culture to their hosts, including calligraphy, music and sports such as the martial art of Kendo.

Speaking at an event to celebrate Irish Culture at Athy College, Equinox Education Services’ Managing Director Noel Doyle commented “I’m delighted that Equinox in conjunction with Athy College, have been able to facilitate this programme once again this year, which is a real testament to the close ties that have developed between both schools and our exceptional local host families”. He further commented “we would like to express sincere gratitude to the wider Athy community and all the staff and students of Athy College, especially the principal Mr. Richard Daly and Deputy Principal Sharron Coffey for their support. Their kindness, hospitality and above all vision, has helped us deliver a programme that has given all of the participating pupils a real sense of the importance of international integration”.


Indeed, such has been the impact of the programme over the past number of years and the high regard for Irish culture that it has instilled in the Hokkaido pupils, a group of former visiting student were responsible for organising and leading the first ever St. Patrick’s day parade in their home town in Japan. This is positive proof of the power of good international relations!

Sapporo’s first ever St. Patrick’s day parade

Equinox would like also to acknowledge the great work done by Mr. Hiroshi Sakuratani and the team at ISES JAPAN for all their hard work in promoting Ireland as a study abroad destination. Equinox Education Services is very proud to work side by side with ISES JAPAN to deliver tailor-made academic and cultural programmes here in Ireland and we look forward too many more years of excellent collaboration.

Ireland continues to develop an International reputation as an attractive and safe destination for in-bound study opportunities and cultural programmes at all levels. Equinox Education Services will host several other tailor-made study and cultural programmes in Ireland in the coming year, including a highly anticipated ‘2020 Vision’ programme between an Irish and several Japanese Schools this coming March.

Equinox Education Services are located at the Gateway Business Centre, Carlow. For further information contact Noel Doyle, Managing Director Equinox Education Services via + 353 87 997 5625 or info@equinox4study.com or Paul Dunne, International Development Manager, Equinox Education Services via + 353 85 725 4280 pdunne@equinox4study.com