See also what the National and International Media and Press say at this link: Media & Press Reviews
Feedback from Summer 2022:
“Hi Aengus and team,
By email, July 18th 2022, France:
By email, July 16th 2022, Italy:
“Hi Aengus, F—— came home super happy and satisfied, it was his best vacation ever. He is telling us about his adventures, the movie, the battle, hurling, surfing, kayaking, and so on and so on. I hope he will fall asleep tonight! Thank you so much to all your staff and to you personally.”
By email, July 16th 2022, Italy:
“Hi Aengus, N—– got home safe and sound. He’s been telling me about his great experience all the way back!. Thank you very much indeed.”
By email, July 16th 2022, Ireland:
“Hi Aengus, Thank you so much for another great week of camp. L— enjoyed himself so much and is looking forward to going back next year”.
By email, July 14th 2022, Switzerland:
“Thank you very much for all your help and hospitality, my kids are very happy!”
By email, July 14th 2022, Ireland:
“It sounds like K is really enjoying her time at the camp and I’d like to offer her a chance to do it again next week”
By email, July 8th 2022, Ireland:
“Thanks Kim, he actually needed a break like this…sounds like just the kind of fun he needed. Honestly, we appreciate what you are doing so much. Letting kids be kids again. Just a pity there isn’t a camp for parents!”
By email, July 9th 2022, Ireland:
“Thanks Kim,,,He rang me! Got all of 50 seconds with him before he ran off to play table tennis!! So all god and thanks for all your help.”
Feedback from Summer 2021:
By email, 10th July 2021, Ireland:
Wow! What a week F. seems to have had. It has exceeded all our expectations. He has been full of life and stories since we picked him up.
I want to thank you for the care of Frank. It has been his first time away from home. He thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and workshops. Special mention for the pool table and water activities.
He said the food, facilities and staff were fantatstic.
I really appreciate you going to great lengths to be able to host the camp this year. I am sure it wasn’t easy.
I’d say next year is definitely on the cards. I hope that you’ll have him back!!!
Best of luck with the next few weeks, perhapas you’ll visit us in Beara someday!”
By Email, 12th July 2021
My son A had a great time with you guys last week. Thank you for that.”
By Email July 17th 2021
“Good evening Aengus,
I’m wondering of you can forward me the presentation ceremony at the end for the boys’ week of summer camp? C and R , 4th – 10th July, They had such a great time and are still talking abut it.
Thank you all again.”
Feedback from Summer 2019:
By Email (screenshot) December 2019 from Ireland:
By Email (screenshot) July 2019 from the Lebanon:
By Facebook July 20th 2019 from Ireland:
”Hi Aengus, I am B…… the mother of N…., my husband, N and I would like to wish you and to your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I take this email to tell you that the experience lived by N Io the camps this summer has been enriching, both in knowledge as in personal experiences. Just set foot in Madrid I was very clear N wanted to come back the next summer. I want to thank you for all the work you and your team do, everything worked perfectly, considering how complicated the Teen groups are, N has a wonderful memory of the activities and sports that you have done this summer, is dying to experience again. I hope you and your family liked Tenerife, I have seen on Instagram that You have spent a few days on the island. Thanks for everything. B”
thank you very much for your wonderful work with the girls. R has enjoyed herself as never before; see you next year, and probably with some friends of R. Best regards”
“Many thanks Aengus.
Matthieu was very happy and excited by everything he did over the past couple of weeks. I want to thank your team and yourself for all you did for the 2 boys.
Feedback from Summer 2018
Our daughter went to your academy this year. It was her first time on s residential retreat and she absolutely adored it. She said it was the highlight of the summer. Given that maths is not her favourite subject you should clap yourself on the back for giving her such a positive experience . She is now your greatest advertisement and I am getting many enquiries . May have to negotiate some commissions for next year !! You can take it we will be returning .
Kindest regards and sincerest gratitude
“Dear Kim and dear Aengus,
I really want to thank you and all the team about the wonderful week Nicolas had in Rockwell camp.
We surely think he’d like to come back, and maybe next time his sister too.
Have a great vacations and thank you again for your great job!
“Hi Aengus, Leo arrived safe and sound in Geneva. First thing he told me was « I want to go back next year ! It was awesome »
A big thank you !
All the best for your future camp !”
“Dear Kim and Aengus,
I wanted to thank you for this first week of.
I only heard good things from C of your camp, your hospitality and the friendliness of the other mates.
She is meeting new people from different countries and she is very happy with her new friendships.
She also enjoys most of the activities she has performed: Robotics, Surf, Zip&Trek etc.. and she is learning so many things.
I believe this is a unique experience for her.”
Thank you for looking after our son so well! Really it was incredible!”
Feedback from Summer 2017
5 Star Facebook Reviews:
Emails & Whatsapp messages:
“Hi Aengus, my boys enjoyed themselves a lot and made lots of friends! Thank you for all your effort. I will be in touch with you for next summer as they want to stay two weeks!” Maria DM
“Hi Aengus, Thank you very much for a wonderful two weeks. We saw the videos everyday and are delighted our son had this incredible experience. See you next year!” UCorrel.
“Hi Aengus, the first thing my girls said, even before hello, was ‘Can we come back next year?’!” Sergio.
You can also check out WHAT THE PRESS SAY!
Just in…US Student Brenna shares her experience on Ireland Family Vacations Podcast
J… called me last evening. He is now back chilling with his cousins in Dublin. When I asked how last week went? I got an immediate request to go back next year for 2 weeks!!! Then I got the lowdown on the daily routine and the various “Chuck Challenges” and how well organised an
Irish camp was compared to a French camp. Asked him his favourite bits? He said music making and kayaking and meeting the different people – says they are on Instagram now and that he would show us a few (science) things he learned when we meet up in a few weeks.
Guess that was a success then – thank you to you and your team!
Once again, many thanks,
L… loved the camp and wants to come back again next year so that says it all I think! Thank you and your team very much for looking after him. He’s spoken endlessly of Chuck and how great he was and yesterday he tried to do one of Chuck’s experiments at home!
Thank you very much again.
Facebook June 28th 2016:
“It was the best week of my life, Thank you” Lee Duddy, Student, Kylemore Abbey Summer Camp, June 2016
“Boys want to go next year so send me the dates once confirmed. This is a first for my sons to be so positive about a camp. He slept from 6pm to 11am today!! He was obviously kept busy, I am thrilled. His brother said that every thing he learned was new and looking forward to going back to Kylemore.” Mother, June 2016
“Hi Aengus, fantastic to hear how he’s engaged! I’m spreading the word about the academy among cousins and friends” Mother, June 25th 2016
“Have loved watching the activities this week! So exited to get my daughter’s thoughts after! Just Wow!! So much amazing stuff this is!” Mother, Jody Halsted, Irish Family Vacations (on Twitter & Facebook) June 24th 2016
“Edoardo had a great experience! He was literally enthusiastic with the summer camp! I really wish to congratulate with you for the work done and please extend it to all the staff! We have seen all the photos but Edoardo told us that the real experience was really unique! See you next year!” Prof. Cecilia Chirieleison, Dept of Economics & Business, University of Perugia
“Hi Aengus, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your team for the fantastic work you did with [my two children] at Glenstal Abbey Maths Camp. They both have improved their skills and understanding in maths and have seen how maths is an integral part of so many things in a practical and fun sense. Also they came away with some great life skills with more confidence and independence which is testament to the activities and structure of the camp. I don’t think we had driven 1km up the road before they were both asking if they could do two weeks instead of one next year. Considering this was the first time they had been away from home made it all the more remarkable. We could not be happier with what was clearly a super fun and enriching experience. Please pencil them in for 2 weeks for next year. Kind Regards”
“Good morning Aengus, How are you???. I don´t know how to express our gratefulness because [my son] enjoyed a lot in your summer camps in Killary. We will see next summer again…I have seen the pictures and it was really exciting. My son’s sister, aged 12 next summer wants to go. I am going to check in your website if there is any camp for her.
Thanks again Aengus”
“Hi Aengus, I am just emailing to say that [my son] had a wonderful time at Glenstal. He’s already hoping to do your Killary or Kylemore Abbey course next year. I would also like for you to pass on our sincere thanks to the Chef as it would not be possible for [my son] to do trips away without their support and co operation. I meant a lot to [my son] and to us too. Wishing all the best for the next few weeks of the summer and hopefully we will be in touch later in the year about 2016 courses. Thanks again. Kind regards”
“Dear Aengus, I’d just like to say that my son had a truly wonderful time at Glenstal Abbey. He enjoyed his week from start to finish and it seems to have given him a great boost of confidence’
“Hi Aengus, glad to hear so many wonderful things about the week!! My daughter is having an amazing time!”
“Hi Aengus, definitely sending my youngest daughter with E (student at Summer Camp Kylemore Abbey) next summer! She’ll be old enough. E had another great time this summer. Well done and thanks to all”
“Aengus, Congratulations on the camp and to have chosen Beatriz to be with the children…she is really lovely and very kind!” Parent of student at August Summer Camp Killary.
“Hi Aengus, How are you? Just two words to tell you that D. (student at August Summer Camp at Killary) is delighted. he is really enjoying himself a lot!”
“Hi Aengus, I would like to mention Aidan and Aisling by name, they were superb and my children talk of them both of them very fondly. You have a great team”
“Dear Aengus, S. here, (US student at August Summer Camp at Killary) I hope you are well. Thank you so much for an amazing time at your camp. I loved it! I had heaps of fun and met a lot of great, interesting people. I really want to come again next summer.”
“it’s hard to match the fun he had at Connemara Maths Academy. We have talked about it daily since and have enjoyed watching the video clips on youtube. You and your team should be so proud of the package you have put together. You set yourself a challenge to inspire teenagers with maths but you did that and so much more.
We were looking for a summer camp for our 14 year old Son and found CMA . Without a doubt it is the King of Summer Camps. What a creative way to rediscover maths and learn how to apply it to life in a fun filled, energetic and inspiring environment. As the days passed and we were updated daily on Facebook and Flipboard we started to wonder if there were more than 24 hours a day in Connemara as the days were full of activities and the photos full of smiling teens and their leaders.
Our son reluctantly left Kylemore asking us if we were sure he couldn’t stay another week. On the car journey home he was making plans to attend again next year, to meet up again with his new friends and introduce his friends from home to Kylemore and Connemara Maths Academy with the only request being ” could he stay for longer next year”, it had been more than he or we had hoped it would be.” C McGovern, Mayo
“When we arrived up to Kylemore Abbey the first day of camp, I was practically pulling my son out of the car. He was not quite as enthusiastic about this camp as I was! However the warm greeting from one of the team quickly erased his fears. By mid week he was telling me he wished there was a second week & by the end of the week we hardly got him back into the car to go home! What a turn around! He has already made me promise to enrol him next year & his little sister is begging to go too. If you’re looking for a camp that will encourage your kids to learn, teaching them real-life uses for the mathematical concepts they learn in school, as well as ensuring they have a whale of a time, this is the camp you want to book!” A. Lennon, Clare
“My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the week and raved about the course and said she will be encouraging all her friends to attend next year.” D. Sheerin, Wicklow
“My daughter hugely enjoyed her week at Kylemore… The tears at the end spoke volumes. Aengus and his enthusiastic team packed so much fun and learning into a week that it will be remembered forever. Cant wait to return…. For longer!!!” N. Guest
“The CMA is a great mix for the inquisitive mind and active body. It said it all when our 14 year old son said “a week was way too short” for us to us to realise he had a super time. He is still talking about Pi and trigonometry and how they relate.”
T. Bean, Dublin.
“My son thought the camp was amazing, he had such a great time and has made some friends for life. It more then met our expectations. Kylemore Abbey really made his experience special. If he could go back tomorrow, he would!” J.Cummins, Dublin
“Many thanks CMA for giving my son such an interesting and fun filled week. We are amazed at how many new concepts and ideas that he experienced as well as all of the Adventures that they had in Killary. Many thanks to the Sisters at Kylemore who looked after him so well. We found the course to be excellent value for money and would highly recommend it”. – A. McMahon, Clare
“Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed her week at Connemara Maths Academy. In terms of Maths, she said that some questions she wasn’t confident answering on the Junior Cert exam paper would now cause her no issue to solve. The tutors were lovely, great at teaching and getting the concept of project maths across. They did a great job of making sure that everyone was ok throughout the week and were really easy to talk to, as it could be a challenge for some kids to be away for an intensive week with people who are new to them. She loved the adventure courses which were really fun and engaging.” M. Phelan, Cork
“Connemara Maths Academy did everything they promised and much more….unbelievable!”
“My son learnt more maths in a week than he did in years!”
“My son thought the camp was amazing, he had such a great time and has made some friends for life. It more then met our expectations. Kylemore Abbey really made his experience special. If he could go back tomorrow, he would!” J. Cummins, Dublin