4th Class School Trip
All the fourth classes went on a school trip to a 1916 bus tour and the Dáil on Tuesday the 16th of February 2016.
First we went on the bus and sat down with our partners. My partner was Brandon. I had a lovely chat with Hannah and Mary who were sitting behind Brandon and I. We were chatting about what our tour would be like. We finally got there after an hour and everyone was very excited.
Then everyone walked with their partners to the 1916 tour bus. We had to split into two buses because there was so many of us. When I saw the bus I was amused already. The bus was green with lots of 1916 pictures around it. The people who were doing the tour had not only transformed the bus but they had transformed themselves too. One of the men was called Gerry and he was dressed like a soldier. His uniform was green and he had guns strapped around is waist. The other man drove us around Dublin and Gerry told us about the 1916 rising. We stopped and got off at the city hall to look at bullet marks in the wall and then we stopped for our lunch.
We met with the other group from the other bus and decided to have lunch together. We had lunch in the playground. After we ate lunch we were allowed to play. I had a great play with my friends.
We then walked to the Dáil. It was very big and fancy. A man brought us up to the chamber and told us what it was for. His name was David. Then we got split up again and I had a different tour guide called Tony. He brought us around Leinster house and told us about things that happened in Leinster house. Then we got a book that we brought home with us.
When we got back on the bus we had lunch. Then we went home. It was the best history lesson ever!
I liked the tour very much and would love to go again and I think you would love it too.
By Zara, Room 20.
Our Trip to Dublin
On Tuesday, the 16th of February we went to Dublin for the 1916 tour and to visit the Dáil. All the fourth classes went and we went on this school trip to learn about the 1916 rising because it is 100 years since the 1916 rising.
Everyone had to be in before 8.20am because the bus was leaving at 8.30am. I was sitting beside Áine on the bus and we were telling stories of when we were younger. When we got there we had to stay on the bus for a few minutes. Then we headed off to the bus tour.
The 1916 tour was about the war and all the people who signed the proclamation. The tour took us around Dublin showing the GPO and the bullet shots in the pillars. We got to hold a rifle and a handgun but they had no bullets and we weren’t allowed to point it outside. The tour even showed us the people who got killed in Kilmainham Gaol. Joseph Mary Plunkett, James Connolly, Thomas Clarke, Eamonn Ceannt, Pádraig Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh and Sean Mac Diarmada are the people who signed the proclamation. I will tell you something about Joseph Mary Plunkett – Joseph Mary Plunkett married Grace Gifford in Kilmainham Gaol but when dawn came he had to get killed.
After the bus tour we went to the playground in Merrion Square and I had a ham sandwich and a chocolate bar and then we headed to the Dáil.
In the Dáil we learned about lots of people and now I know what the flag looked like long ago. It had a harp on it and a blue background. I learned a lot and we got to bring home a book.
By Jake, Room 20
A Trip to Dublin
On Tuesday 16th February 2016 the fourth classes of St. Conleth and Mary’s Primary School went to Dublin for a bus tour of most of the areas that were important in the 1916 rising and we went to Leinster house. We went because it was 100 years since the 1916 rising and for a school trip.
I got to school at 8.20am and lined up with my class, then we all walked into our class room and went to the toilet. After that we all got onto the bus. My class and room 3 shared the big bus and room 21 went on the smaller bus. Teacher put us all in pairs, I was partners with Mary. It took us about one hour to get to Dublin. When we got to Dublin we waited on the bus for a minute then headed off to find the buses that would take us around Dublin.
It took us five minutes to get to the bus that would take us on our 1916 tour. Then we were put into groups because there were two buses. My group’s tour guide was called Gerry. Gerry told us a lot of things that we didn’t know about the 1916 rising. He told us about all the different guns that were used and we even got to hold them. When we got the city hall we got off the bus and were told about it. When the tour was over we took a few pictures.
After the bus tour we walked to a playground in Merrion Square to have lunch. I had a sandwich, grapes, a yoghurt and a big chocolate cookie. After eating we got to play on the equipment. Then we walked to Leinster house.
When we got to Leinster House we were told to be very quiet because there were people working there. First we went to see the Dáil. A man who works there called David told us about the Dáil. Then we were split into two groups. I was in a group with a man called Tony. He was our tour guide. I learned a lot about Leinster house. We took a picture when we got outside. I was sad to leave but I knew I couldn’t stay there all day.
When we were going home I got to sit at the window. Me and Sam had some of my cookie on the way home because we were allowed to eat. Then someone told Sam he had broken lent and a debate began between Mary, Jessica, Sam and I over whether a cookie and a biscuit are the same. Then we just talked the rest of the way home.
I was sad that the trip was over but I knew it wouldn’t last forever.
Hannah, Room 20