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


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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

May 24

Criostóir Colambas


Deirtear gur aimsigh Criostóir Colambas Meiriceá i 1492. Rugadh é i Genoa, san Iodáíl. Mairnéalach iontach ab ea é. Bhí a fhios aige go raibh an domhain cruinn, (rud nár thuig a lán daoine ag an am sin), ach ní raibh a fhios aige go raibh Meiriceá ann, ar chor ar bith. Nuair a theastaigh uaidh dul go dtí na hIndiacha, shíl sé go mbeadh sé níos fearr seoladh siar ná soir.
Thoisaigh sé ag seoladh sa Santa Maria, leis an Nina agus an Pinta siar san Aigéan Atlantach. Bhí an-fhaitíos ar na mairnéalaigh mar bhí an fharriage garbh agus dáinséarach.
Nuair a shroich Colambas Meiriceá, shíl sé go raibh sé sna hIndiacha. Ghlaogh sé na ‘h-Indiacha Thiar’ ar na h-oileáin sin.
Creideann muid féin gur shroich Naomh Breandán Meiriceá, i bhfad níos luaithe ná Colambas.
Céard a cheapann túsa?

March 11

Naomh Pádraig


Rugadh Pádraig sa Fhrainc agus gabhadh é mar sclábhaí nuair a bhí sé ina ghasúr óg. Thóg foghlaithe mara é go h-Éireann agus dhíol siad é mar sclábhaí. Thosaigh sé ar saol deacair; ag obair mar aoire ar Shliabh Mis. Bhí Pádraig an-uaigneach agus ghuí sé ar chabhair ó Dhia gach lá.

Oíche amhain, bhí broinglóid aige, go raibh air dul ar ais go dtí a mhuintir féin. D’fhag sé an sliabh agus chuaigh sé ar ais go dtí an Fhrainc.
Bhí athas ar a thuismitheoirí é a fheiceáíl arís.
Nuair a bhí se níos sinne, chuaigh Pádraig le sagartóireacht agus rinneadh easpag de tar éis cúpla bliain.

Chuaigh sé ar ais go h-Éireann, chun insint do na daoine faoi Íosa Chríost and grá Dhia. Bhain sé úsáid as an seamróg chun an tríonóid a mhíniú do na daoine.

Is é Padraig éarlamh na h-Éireann agus ceiliúrann muid a shaol ar an 17ú lá de Mhárta, gach bliain.

February 11

An amazing historical find….in our own classroom!

A few the days ago, the 5th of February 2015, our class discovered something very cool.
Kian and Seamus were looking for the lead for our keyboard on the shelves where we keep some of our art supplies but while they were looking they found a small blue book. They decided to take it up to our teacher so she, and the rest of us could have a look at it.
When we opened it we saw a faded stamp and a label that both said “U.S.S Scorpion, U.S Navy, Ship’s Library”.
We then were very curious to find out more about this so we searched “U.S.S Scorpion” on some of our iPads. We then discovered that the U.S.S Scorpion was a nuclear submarine and in 1968 it mysteriously sank, with the ninety-nine on board all being killed. No one really knows what happened to it but in the 1980′s it was discovered off an island called Azores, (a little off the coast of Portugal), and was split in two.
The book was called “Essay’s: First Series” and was written by an essayist called Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1841. We still don’t know where the book came from or why it was in our school but right now we are keeping it in a safe place so it doesn’t get torn since it is very delicate. It was even an old book when our school was being built in 1885!
We were very surprised to find this book very randomly in our classroom and who knows, maybe soon we’ll find an explanation for it being there….?

From Amy’s Blog

February 1

Naomh Bríd – St.Brigid

Rugadh Naomh Bríd i gConate Lú i 450 AD. Cailín deas cineála ab ea í agus theastaigh uaithí scéal na Críostaíochta a insint do gach duine. Thóg sí go leor clochar in Éirinn. Bhí clochar speisialta aici i gCill Dara in aice le crann dara. Bhain sí úsáid as crosóg Bhríde chun taispeaint do na daoine conas ar chéasadh Íosa Críost. Glaotar ‘Mhuire na nGael’ uirthi.

Ceiliúrann muid Lá le’ Bríde ar an gcéad la de mhí Feabhra gach bliaiin.

Tuilleadh eolais  ar

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January 22


Tá Pompeii suite in aice le Shliabh Vesuvius san Iodáil. Sa bhliain 79AD bhrúcht an bolcán i Vesuvius agus chlúdaigh an bolcán Pompeii le luaithreach agus laibhe. Fuair go leor daoine bás agus d’fhág na doaine an áit mar a bhí sé ar feadh blianta. Níor fhéach éinne ar an gcathair go dtí 1748, nuair a tháinig duine a bhi ag tocahilt ar an gcathair arís. Nuair a thóg na staraí an cré agus laibhe ón talamh, chonaic siad go raibh an cathair díreach mat a bhí sé an lá bhrúcht an bolcán, dha chéad bhliain roimhe sin.

bolcán= volcano
bhrúcht sé= it erupted
laibhe= lava

October 2

Na Loclannaigh – Vikings

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


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