Fifth Year History Trip
On Thursday 23 February the fifth year history class went on a trip to Dublin. Students first visited the National History Museum at Collin’s Barracks. The highlight of the museum was the 1916 Rising exhibition.
After lunch and a little bit of shopping we got the bus out to Glasnevin Cemetery. Glasnevin Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Ireland and was first opened in 1832. We were treated to a guided tour as well as access to the interactive visitors centre.
There are over one million people buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Gravediggers, Body Snatchers, Rebels and Revolutionaries, ordinary and extraordinary people. Many of the most significant figures in Irish history are buried at Glasnevin, including Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Countess Markievicz, James Larkin, Eamonn de Valera, Roger Casement and many more.
The undoubted highlight of the tour was being granted access to the tomb of Daniel O’Connell. Glasnevin Cemetery was originally opened by the great ‘Liberator ’in 1832 for the purpose of burying ‘people of all religions and none’ with dignity. The cemetery has grown to become a national monument and a vital part of the Irish Heritage story.
Further attractions of the jam packed day included sightings of the GPO, Garden of Remembrance and Dublin Spire.
A great day was had by all!