St Brendan’s students visit Glasnevin

CollagesHistory was foremost in the minds of our informed Junior Certs lately as all enjoyed a unique trip to Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, the final resting place of many of our heroic Patriots.

The tumultuous events of a century ago, which led to the forging of our independent state were regaled with pride and sensitivity by expert tour guides, who had a reservoir of anecdotes that brought a real human element to the stories of giants of, what were, very heady days. Teachers Mr. Herlihy, Mr. O’ Brien and Mr. O’ Shea watched on as over 80 students listened intently and were treated to detailed stories about Collins, DeValera, Parnell and many more. Inside Daniel O’Connell’s vault all were invited to touch the coffin of ‘the Liberator’, as they were assured of the great luck it would bring to them in their exam year.

A great day was concluded with a visit to the National War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge, where the fallen Irish of the World Wars are historycommemorated. On the bus home students expressed their appreciation for the trip. With the approaching anniversary of 1916, the outing was organised to build student awareness of the tumultuous events of that historic time. It certainly will be remembered as a very special occasion, when learning was fun, a day when great historical figures loomed large in all imaginations.

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