On Tuesday the 23rd of February 2016, the 4th, 5th and 6th year history classes went to Dublin to learn about the upcoming centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
We departed, red-eyed, at the early time of 6 AM from the gates of Rochestown College. Four hours later (with a stop over for food) we arrived at Glasnevin cemetery at 10 AM and were brought around to the various graves of famous Irish rebels and leaders and visited the crypt of Daniel O’Connell under the large monument built after his death.
We were then brought to the city centre where we had two hours of free time for food and other shopping if we wished and met back at Trinity College at 2PM. From there we went on a walking tour around the city and we were shown the various famous buildings and locations from the 1916 Rising. Our guide, Lorcan Collins, was extremely interesting and informative and helped give us an idea of not only the events of the Rising but the reaction of the locals and their opinion of it.
We would like to thank our teachers as none of this would be possible without them; Mr Dylan, Ms Lean and Mr O’Flaherty.