History Trip

 

On Friday 27th November 2015 our 3rd years visited Dublin for a history trip. We visited Croke Park and Glasnevin. The trip was organised by Mr.Herlihy. 3.1, 3.2 and half of 3.4 went on one bus while 3.3, 3.5 and the other half of 3.4 went on the other. The buses departed at 07.45. On the way up we stopped at Barack Obama Plaza for a bite to eat. After that we went to Croke Park.

 

We were divided into two groups. Firstly we watched a short film called ‘A Sunday in September.’ We went into the players lounge and then we went into the dressing rooms and were told a rather grim story about John Mullane where he severely injured a physio’s hand. That was followed by a visit to the room where the players warm up. Then we went pitch side and were given a detailed account of Bloody Sunday and were shown the exact spot where Michael Hogan was murdered. After that we went to the very top seats. It was quite exciting yet scary up there to say the least! Finally we went to play some sport-related games and then we wandered around the shop. That was the end of our tour of our National Stadium, Croke Park.

 

We then went on the second part of our trip, a visit to Glasnevin cemetery. Our tour guide was a man named Paddy. He brought us around to the graves of many famous men in Irish history. These admirable and heroic men included Arthur Griffith, Charles Stewart Parnell, Countess Markievicz (a woman), Jim Larkin, William Martin Murphy, Eamonn de Valera, the great Daniel O’Connell and the extraordinary Michael Collins.

Paddy gave us a very detailed account of all these courageous men (among others) and even let us touch Daniel O’Connell’s coffin. He also got James Lynch to read out a few lines of Pádraig Pearse’s famous speech, the one he read at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa.

 

After leaving Glasnevin we again stopped in Barack Obama Plaza for a heavier bite to eat. We then headed home tired but delighted after an enjoyable, exciting and memorable day out in Dublin.

 

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