St. Brigid’s Crosses

Last week we made St. Brigid’s crosses in Mr. Lynch’s class. The St. Brigid’s cross is a small cross woven from rushes. It was first made by St. Brigid using rushes that she gathered when she was tending to a dying chieftain in the 5th century. She used the rushes to weave a cross while she comforted the chieftain.

It was tricky to make them but it was great fun!

 

Visit to the GPO

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On Wednesday 4th May we visited the GPO. We took the 16 bus into O’Connell Street (Sackville Street back in 1916). When we got off the bus we had to walk down O’Connell Street towards the GPO. On our way we saw the enormous Spire! Our tour guide was called Dara. He was really nice. We watched a movie about 1916 and everybody really enjoyed it. We saw uniforms, typewriters, phones, guns and a hurl from 1916 and played on ipads too. We had a wonderful time on our trip to the GPO!

1916 – Transport

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We looked at how different transport was during 1916.

In our pictures we saw people walking, stage coaches, ships and trams.

One of our photos had a train station in it. It was obvious that it was a train station because it had lots of railway tracks outside it. Molly thought that the train station in her photo was used to transport people to other parts of the country like Sligo, Donegal or Cork.

One of our photos had a ship in it which was delivering cargo to different parts of the country. It was a steam powered cargo ship. Ships used the Grand Canal and the River Liffey to transport their cargo

We looked at a photo of a busy street in the city centre. We thought it was O’Connell Street (Sackville Street) because it was very busy. From looking at the photo of the city people got to work by walking. We agreed that most people walked because they could not afford a car.

One of our photos was taken in Terenure. There were trams in this photo of Terenure. We knew it was a tram because it was shaped like a bus but it had train tracks like the luas. We thought that the tram in our photo was being used to get people in and out of work in the city. Adam told us that there are no trams at all in Terenure today.

Viking Projects & Visit to Dublinia

Third class learned all about the Vikings last term and completed projects about the Vikings in Ireland and life during Viking times. In December, Mr. Lynch’s and Ms. McGinley’s classes both visited the Dublinia Museum in  Dublin. This is a museum all about Medieval and Viking Dublin. It was really interesting. We got the bus to St. Patricks Cathedral and then we walked around Dublin Castle to see where the Vikings first settled in Dublin. We even saw the site of the Dubh Linn or black pool that Dublin was named after. We also saw parts of the old city walls and some of the old streets such as Cook Street and Ship Street that were named after Viking activities. We then walked to Wood Quay and saw where there had once been a Viking settlement. After the visit to the museum we ate lunch in the grounds of Christchurch cathedral and then walked back to school. It was great fun. You can also see in the picture gallery some images of the Viking inspired shields that we created in Art. We hope that you enjoy them.

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The Vikings

We have been learning all about the Vikings in 3rd class over the past few weeks and are starting to work on our class projects this week. Our classes have been split up into groups and will be researching different aspects of Viking life. For some extra information at home you can look at the below link where there are lots of links to other interesting sites about the Vikings.

 

http://www.scoilnet.ie/primary/theme-pages/the-vikings/