Aidan Dockery – World War One & 1916

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Pupils in Rang a Cúig and Rang a Sé had a visit from History expert Aidan Dockery. Aidan has one of the best collectioins of Irish stamps, coins, artefacts and commemorative booklets in the country. The pupils had been studying about World War 1 and Aidan took us on an unforgettable journey back in time. He recounted how his uncle Joe was a soldier during the war and was killed at the Battle of the Somme. He started the session with a chilling recitation of the poem The Box by Laschelles Ambercrombie on the danger of war and how it hurts everybody it comes into contact with. Aidan also gave a very insightful account into the lives of the signatories of the 1916 Rising.

Castle Archdale Flying Boat Base

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During World War 2, various makes of flying boats (aircraft capable of taking off and landing on water) Sunderland, Stranraer, Lerwick and Catalina, were launched from Lough Erne at Castle Archdale to protect ship convoys on the Atlantic. These merchant ships, carrying essential supplies to Britain, were being attacked and sunk by German U-boats.

Although Lough Erne was far from ideal as a flying boat base, mainly because nearby mountains made it unsafe to land on in darkness or bad weather, it had the advantage of being close to the Atlantic coast. This advantage was enhanced by a secret deal between Britain and the Eire Government allowing the RAF and later the USA Air Force to over-fly south Donegal. This meant that air patrols from Northern Ireland could fly directly to the Atlantic coast, avoiding a detour of over 100 miles around Donegal.
It was in February 1941 that de Valera gave Ireland’s permission for British planes to over-fly a small strip of south Donegal, one mile wide by eight miles long, an area known as the Donegal Corridor. Because this agreement compromised Eire’s neutral position during the War, de Valera insisted that the deal should be kept secret and that flights should not be publicised.
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Niall brought in some of his model planes today, including a Sunderland and Catalina.


Turas go Mainistir na Búille

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5th and 6th class recently had an educational trip to King House, Boyle. There they visited the Connaught Ranger’s exhibition as well as getting an interesting tour of the building. On the way back, they stopped at Cashelore fort near Ballintogher. They are pictured below on the front steps on King House and also at the well known  monument near the site of  Battle of the Curlieus.




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Rinneamar agallaimh lenár dtuismitheoirí ar ‘Athrú’. Tugadh seans dóibh labhairt faoina gcuid cuimhní.

We interviewed our parents about ‘Change’ and learned about their childhood memories.

Tá súil againn go mbainfidh sibh taithneamh as!

Tionscanamh Staire

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Faoi láthair, táimid ag obair ar tionscanamh staire ar an ábhar ‘Athrú’.

We are working on a History project at the moment. Students are conducting interviews with their parents to determine the greatest changes to have occurred since their school days.

Please click here to upload videos that we can add to our project.

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