June 27

End of year History Projects


We used the Stop Motion App to make the following history stories:

All this week and last week we all were doing history projects on Stop Motion. I did it on Dinosaurs.

I did my project with Danny and it was about a long-neck and a t-rex.

The project tells the story of how the t-rex was walking too close to the long-neck and how the long-neck turned his neck and as he was looking at the t-rex, he swings his tail and hits the t-rex into the water. He can’t swim so he drowns in the water.

Our film is only 11 second long but it took me and Danny about a week to make.

I am proud of it.

from Patrick’s blog


April 10

My Favourite Place

(Part of our work on our Learning Circles Project 2017)












My favourite place in Ireland is my new house which is is being built at the moment.

I know it will make me safe. It is a big house and it has upstairs. It won’t be down a big road.

My brothers and I will sleep upstairs and my mom and dad will be downstairs. It will have a bridge crossing to my farm at the bottom of the field.

The view will be really really good. My room will be the warmest in the house because the chimney is coming up through the wall of my bedroom. There are four bedrooms in the house. There is a spare room downstairs beside my mom and dad’s room. We will be moving into the house in 7 to 8 months.

My new house will not be far from my school in Inver, Co. Mayo
By Kyle


My favourite place is my sitting room. A sitting room is a place where you have a television and comfy seats and sofas. My sitting room has two green single chairs and one long sofa with flowers on them and a television. This is my favourite place because it is very relaxing and cosy. My 2nd favourite place is my bedroom. My bedroom has has a big bed which I have to share with my sister. It has purple walls and blue curtains. My 3rd favourite place is my back garden where I can play with my dog Toby and my cat Fluffy . Me and my dog play lots of games like catch and football. Me and my cat play football too. They are my favourite places.

From Hannah’s blog


My favourite place is at a soccer pitch. I don’t mind what soccer pitch it is, it  just it give me a nice feeling.

Our nearest soccer pitch is in Bangor and I play for them. We came very close to winning the league. It is a good distance away from our school. It is a lovely pitch and it is in the west coast of Mayo. There’s a lovely river beside it. Bangor Hibs is the name of my team and it has an all weather pitch which means it’s very good in the rain.













From Liam’s Blog



My Favourite Place

A lot of people have a lot of different favourite places, many people chose football clubs, their houses, gardens and places they feel safe.
For me, theres only one place that I could possibly choose, of course…

I pondered over the idea of places I holidayed in, Dublin, Kerry and even Scotland!

Then I realised the place. The only place I could ever choose as my no1….

My place is located in a rural area. Its in front of the sea where you hear the crashing waves as a wake-up call every morning. Its surrounded by fields and neighbouring houses, sheep and (those 2 cute donkeys and a horse over the road)

The place I chose was my kitchen. In my kitchen I have a dining table in the middle and a tv with chairs in the corner.
The kitchen has a fireplace near the tv and a green marble (I think its marble !!) counter-top for cooking and baking.

My kitchen is a place in which christmases were spent with my family and friends, meals shared with the people I love and care about.

I remember Christmasses where we had meals at the table and a long spread of food Turkey, ham, rice, chicken along with many others which names do not come to mind .
I love my kitchen
This is my favourite place.

By Siobhán
















My favourite place is my school.

I think my school is a really nice school and that everyone is really nice.

The teachers are really nice and they are always there when you need them that’s why they are the nicest people. One of our teachers will be going for a little while because she is going to have a baby soon but will be back soon. Everyone will miss her when she goes.❤️

All the students in our school are really nice and funny. There are only 2 children in my class but there are a total of 35 in the whole school.

I live only up the road from our school so we don’t really have to go far. Right now we have four green flags. Green flags are awards we get so as to encourage us to care for the environment and to keep it clean. We are working on our fifth one. The flag we are working on is called Biodiversity. Green flags are every important. We always try to keep our school tidy and clean for everyone.

Our school is really nice and that’s why I wrote about it.😆✌️

By Róisín




My Favourite place
Hi my name is Ava. My favourite place is Ballina IMC cinema.
I like it because you can see lots of movies and eat lots of popcorn.
Last weekend I went to see Beauty and the Beast. They have really nice cosy seats there too. At the counter they sell all kind of sweets candy floss and popcorn and sweets and you can buy these before you go in.


My favourite place
My favourite place in Ireland is Croke Park in Dublin.
It is my favourite place because it is a stadium for every quarter final semi final and final.
The last time a final was played in it was 6th of October 2016 that was Mayo vs Dublin. It was a replay. the score in the first game was 2-16 2-16 and the second game was 2-17 2-18 to Dublin and the first time mayo should’ve won because one of the Mayo players were fowled right in front of the goal and mayo would’ve scored a point
and the lines man said to the ref don’t give Mayo a free because they will win it. The next time we go up we will be bringing Sam to the west💚❤️🏐

From John’s Blog









April 4

Famous People (Step 2)

The students in Ranganna 3-6 have been working hard on their Famous People project. They used Keynote and did some research as well as reading up on their chosen topics. Last week, they gave their amazing presentations to their fellow pupils and listened to their feedback carefully.

February 15

Naomh Bríd

Saint Brigid

In the year 450 Saint Brigid was born in Fochart in Co.Louth. In her early years Saint Brigid used to watch and mind sheep and cows. She spent most of her life in Co. Kildare. When she was older she prayed to God so she would be ugly because she did not want to get married. She wanted to be a nun.
One day Saint Brigid was minding her dad’s sword when she saw a poor man. She felt sorry for him and gave him her dad’s priceless sword. Saint Brigid’s father was fuming and his face was scorching up.
A few years later she asked the King to build a convent. The King said no. Saint Brigid said she would take as much land as her cloak would cover. The King agreed and she put her cloak on the ground an it grew and grew. She had more than enough land for her convent. She made a convent and a school.

We celebrate Saint Brigid’s day on the 1 of February every year. She is our patron saint.
The End

From Jack’s Blog

October 20

Na Lochlannaigh ~ The Vikings


Tháinig na Lochlannaigh go hÉireann i 795 AD. Bhí longa fada iontacha acu agus ba mhairnéalaigh maithe iad. Mharaigh siad go leor daoine agus ghoid siad óir ó na mainistreacha. Bhi siad fián. Thóg siad port ag Dubh Linn nó Baile Átha Cliath. Bhí faitíos an domhain ar gach duine rompu.

April 11


Yesterday we did Aurasma. It is when you point your iPad, using the Aurasma app at a picture and it will play a video about it. This is an example:

It is fairly complicated. You have to upload the movie and login and and link it to a photo, which you have to upload too. It is really cool I would give it 10/10. This video is of me and John doing a presentation about the 1916 Easter rising on our Proclamation day but we just point to our photograph on the wall to see the video.

from Jack’s blog

March 11

Ag seinm ‘Fáinne Geal an Lae’ le marshmallows ar Makey Makey S2

Bhí sport againn inniú ag iarraidh seinm ‘Fáinne Geal an Lae’ le MakeyMakey agus ag baint úsaid as marshmallows. Beidh muid ag seinm ‘Fáinne Geal an Lae’ do Lá an Fhorógra, Dé Máirt seo chugainn. Síleann muid nar cheap an cumadóir, Edward Walsh, i 1847 go mbeadh muid in ann an port a sheinm ar milseáin i 2016!

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November 18

Óglaí na h-Éireann / The Defence Forces present Irish flag and Proclamation



On Wednesday we had a visit from Corporal Des Padden and Seargent PJ Maloney from Oglaí na h-Eireann. For some of you that might not know what “Oglaí na h-Eireann” is it is Ireland’s Defence Force.🇨🇮

When they first came in we played a marching tune on our music instruments called “Fáinne Geall an Lae”. It sounded great and I think Des and PJ enjoyed it!🇨🇮

Next they talked to us about our country’s flag and what it really means to them and what it should mean to all of us! It shouldn’t be dragged around someone’s shoulders as a cape or used as a sign for a football match. It should be hung on the highest pole for everybody to see!🇨🇮

They then talked to us about what they do as soldiers. For example PJ went to Bosnia to help all the children go to school safely when Bosnia was at war. After more talking about what they do, they then awarded us with our national flag.🇨🇮

Des then went through all the rules to keep the flag safe, for example it can’t touch the ground, it has to be hung on the highest pole, you have to take it down every evening and loads more! Also all the schools in Ireland will be raising their flags on the 15th of March 2016 at the exact same time which will be really cool!🇨🇮

It was an honour to have the soldiers award us with the flag and even for them to come to our school. I had a great day and learned so many new things about my country and more! We even got pictures taken with the soldiers!🇨🇮

By Sophie (from Sophie’s Blog)


National Flag

On Wednesday soldiers from the Irish Defense forces came in to us to give us the national flag. It was good fun👍. Their names were Des and PJ .There was lots of work in this. We had to learn the national anthem and to learn the proclamation as well as play a marching tune on our instruments.

First we looked at the flag. Then Des told us about the rules of the flag. One of them was about not writing on the flag and another was not to wear it like coat.

Lucy was the person to received the flag on our behalf .

Then we talked about our flag and how we got our flag.  Then we asked a few questions and they answered all of them. Then we took some photographs.

It was a great day!

From Liam’s Blog


On Wednesday we had a visit from the Corporal Des Padden and Sergeant PJ Maloney from the Oglái Na h-Éireann. Oglái Na h-Eireann is the Defence Force in Ireland.🇮🇪

When they came in first we played our tune called Fáinne Geall An Lae which is a marching tune. Then they talked a little bit about the 1916 rising. After they talked about 1916 we sang The National Anthem. I think they really enjoyed it.

They presented the National flag to Lucy and a book about 1916. They told us that this flag can’t touch the ground or be around you like a cape. It had to be raised on the highest flag pole for everyone can see it.  Everyone took a picture of Lucy and the solders. Then we went outside to take a picture with them and the whole entire school. I really hope they come again.😄.

The End!!!!
By Róisín!!!!!🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪😃😃



Ogalaí na h-Eireann’s Corporal Des Padden and my uncle Sergeant PJ Maloney came to our school. They gave us a flag which my school and all of the other schools in Ireland will raise on the 15th of March 2016. We must respect the flag and raise it and lower it every day to remember all of those who have lived and passed in the 1916 Rising and also remember those who died in 1916.

The men talked about their uniforms. PJ has three stripes on his arm because he is a Sergeant. Des has only two because he is a lower rank then PJ (Des is a Corporal). PJ has a pin on his shirt because he is a fluent Irish speaker. Des doesn’t have one but he is learning. Des has three medals and PJ has five medals.

From Siobhan’s Blog

November 7

1916 Rising


(Photo courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Rising)

On the 24th of April, Easter Monday 1916, about 2,000 Irish Volunteers and 200 from the Irish Citizen Army occupied the General Post Office (GPO) as well as other important buildings in Dublin city. One group of rebels took over the Four Courts and another group took over the South Dublin Union, which is now James’s hospital. They proclaimed the Irish Republic, read the Proclamation and raised the Irish flag for the first time.

The British army were taken by surprise and suffered heavy casualties. Reinforcements arrived from England. The British army shelled the GPO and other buildings. After a week’s fighting, the leaders of the rising surrendered. Many civilians died in the cross-fire. The guns and fires had destroyed much of the city and the GPO was in ruins.

At first, the Rising was very unpopular with people in Dublin and throughout the rest of Ireland. However, this opinion changed when the British executed fifteen of the leaders of the Rising after a court in Kilmainham Jail between the 3rd and 12th of May 1916. The executed leaders were gradually seen as heros.

Eamonn Ceannt was a founder of the Irish Volunteers. Born in Galway in 1881. He had an interest in Irish culture, especially in Irish language and history.   He was the commander of the Fourth Battalion of Irish Volunteers during the 1916 Rising and took control of the South Dublin Union (St. James’s Hospital). He was executed on the 8th of May 1916.

James Connolly was born in Edinburgh in 1868.  James Connolly was one of the founders of an army set up to protect workers. It was called the Irish Citizen Army. During the Easter Rising he was appointed Commandant-General of the Dublin forces. He lead the group that took over the G.P.O were he was wounded. He  was executed on the 12th of May 1916.

Joseph Plunkett was born in 1887 in Dublin. During the planning of the Rising, Plunkett was appointed Director of Military Operations, with overall responsibility for military strategy. Plunkett was one of the rebels who were stationed in the G. P. O. during the 1916 Rising. He married Grace Gifford while in Kilmainham Gaol and was executed on the 4th of May 1916.

Padraig Pearse  was born in Dublin in 1879. He was in charge of the G.P.O during the rising. When the British army overpowered the Irish rebels, it was Pearse who ordered their general surrender in order to save further loss of life.  He was executed on May 3rd.

Séan Mac Dermott was born in Leitrim in 1884. He joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood (I.R.B.) in 1906. He  fought in the G. P. O. during the 1916 Rising. He was executed on the 12th of May 1916.

Thomas Clarke was a member of the Fenians. He  was one of the rebels who planned the 1916 Rising. He was executed on the 3rd of May 1916.

Thomas MacDonagh was from Tipperary and was born in 1878. in 1914 and later joined the IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood). Thomas MacDonagh was appointed to the IRB military committee in 1916. He was executed on the 3th of May 1916.

From Abby’s Blog

In the year 1916 something heroic happened in Dublin Ireland. 1916 was the year Ireland fought there own independence. The Rising was planned in secret by seven men. They were, Tom Clarke, Sean McDermott, Patrick Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh, Joseph Plunkett, James Connolly and Eamon Ceannt.   They had arranged with the Germans for a large importation of arms to be delivered on Good Friday, April 21st, but this shipment was discovered by the British off Kerry and its cargo lost. At the last minute, the plans for the Rising were revealed to Eoin MacNeill who tried to call off the rebellion by issuing a “countermanding order”, but actually just postponed the outbreak from Easter Sunday to the next day, Monday The insurgents proclaimed an Irish Republic with Pearse as President and Connolly as commander in chief. They occupied positions around Dublin at the General Post Office the Four Courts, the South Dublin Union, Boland’s Mill, Stephen’s Green and Jacobs’ biscuit factory.But they fought heroically but they were all executed by the British.

From Jack’s Blog

For some of you that might not know what the 1916 Easter Rising was or if you just want to learn a bit more about it well then you’ve come to the right person!

The Easter Rising was all about the Irish Republican Army wanting independence for there own country because at this time Ireland was under British rule.The Rising began on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, and lasted for six days.  At this time WW1 was underway so Ireland thought that Britain wouldn’t be strong enough to fight back once they attacked!

The date was set for when Ireland would raid Britain and that was Easter Sunday but that didn’t go to plan! Ireland had ordered loads of arms from Germany that was landing in Co Kerry planned by the IRB. Unfortunately the boat that was carrying the arms which was called the “Aud” was scuttled after it ambushed with the Royal Navy.

That meant that the date would have to be changed so they all decided to change it to Easter Monday. Early on Monday morning, 24 April 1916 about 1,200 Volunteers and Citizen Army members took over strongpoints in Dublin city. The rebel headquarters was the General Post Office also known as the GPO. In the GPO James Connolly and 4 other members of the military council which were Patrick Pearse, Tom Clarke, Sean Mac Dermott and Joseph Plunkett. At this time volunteers raised two Republican flags and Patrick Pearse read a Proclamation of the Republic. Elsewhere rebel forces took there locations at the Four Courts, at Jacob’s Biscuit Factory,Boland’s Mill, The South Dublin Union hospital and St Stephens green.Although it was lightly guarded, Volunteers and the Citizen Army under Seán Connolly failed to take Dublin Castle, the centre of British rule in Ireland!

There was a lot of killing and dreadful tragedy’s during the rising like when three unarmed Dublin Police men where shot dead on the first day of the Rising and due to that incident a terrible fight broke out in O ‘Connell Street. A total of 425 people where arrested after the Rising due to that circumstance.

In the end Ireland got Independence and people started to think that it was the right thing that they had done because after all most of the IRB risked there lives for all the peoples sake! I would hate to be there when the Rising was on because I would be scared to death!

Here are 10 facts about the Rising:

1.The 2 most important people of the group were Patrick Pearse and James Connolly.

2.The rising was meant to take place all over Ireland but in the end due to the British capturing a shipment full of arms it mainly took place in Dublin.

3.During the whole week of fighting there were only around 1,600 men involved in the fighting

4.The damage to the city was roughly 2 million pounds which was a huge amount of money then.

5. In the end Pearse was forced to surrender and most of those involved in the
organisation and the fighting were taken off to Kilmainham Gaol. Kilmainham Gaol was a prison in Dublin. It is now a museum.

6.  A cross at Kilmainham Gaol marks the places where they were shot.

7. There was a woman who took part in the fighting and was later put in prison. Because she was a woman she was allowed to go free. Her name was Countess Markievicz .

8. Countess Markievicz knew the poet W.B Yeats.

9. Pearse ordered in early April for three days of “parades and manoeuvres” by the Volunteers for Easter Sunday.

10. Not enough volunteers came out to fight during the Rising so that was a disaster.

Hope you enjoyed this article on the Rising and that you learned loads of new things!

By Sophie

from Sophie’s Blog 

Irish Independence: 1916 facts

1. The seven members of Irish Republican Brotherhood Military Council who planned the Rising were Thomas Clarke, Sean McDermott, Patrick Pearse , Eamonn Ceannt, Joseph Plunkett, James Connolly, and Thomas MacDonagh. All were executed after the Rising.

2. Thomas MacDonagh and Joseph Plunkett were poets, Patrick Pearse was a poet and writer as well as a schoolteacher.

3.Joseph Plunkett  married his fiance, Grace Gifford at Killmainham Gaol eight hours before his execution.

4. Grace Gifford wore her widow’s mourning clothes the rest of her life.

5. Before his execution, Sean McDermott wrote, “I feel happiness the like of which I have never experienced. I die that the Irish nation might live!”

6. The Easter Rising  made the front page of The New York Times eight days in a row.

From Abby’s Blog