Jake wrote this piece to remember his Great Grandad, John Donnelly, who came from Balrothery. Jake also very kindly brought in his Great Grandad’s medals, including a World War I medal. The medals were in a lovely box, engraved with a date of December 1914. John had also scratched his initials and his soldier number onto the box. We are very grateful to Jake’s family for bringing the medals into our class. We remember him and all those who fought in Word War I.
It was as July 1914. My Great Grandad John Donnelly left his family and went to fight for his country. He was in the British Navy. He was only 17 when he joined. 250,000 young soldiers served in the British army during WW1. They had to learn how to use the guns and weapons and be ready for battle when they needed to be. Some young boys lied about their age because they were too young to join. We must remember all these young boys who were killed in those wars. I always remember my great grandad and how lucky he was to come home,when others didn’t.
I said goodbye to family. “Don’t worry this war won’t last 6 months.” I said, as I left. My mother hugged me, her tear stained face pressed against mine.
I sat in the army bus filled to the brim with young men like me. Some were crying and others singing “Its a long way to Tipperary.” I knew when we reached English soil it truely would be long way from Tipperary.
When we reached England, I stepped out the stuffy boat we were in, and breathed in the fresh air. “Remember,” I thought, ” only 6 months”.
We completed our history projects on the Egyptians this week. We worked in groups to explore and identify how Egyptians lived long ago, together with their values and landmarks left behind on the landscape today.
The group topics were:
About Egypt (maps, population, rivers etc)
R.Nile and Tutankhamun
Egyptian towns and cities and Hieroglyphic writing
Today we discussed a rather important historical landmark on our doorstep, known as Bremore Castle. After we found out interesting information about the Castle, we took a short walk within the school grounds to see it for ourselves! Following this lesson, we realised how lucky we are to have such a historic landmark beside our school and also in our home town of Balbriggan!
We began to learn about the Egyptians before Halloween. This will be our second History Project and we are all very excited. The first thing we did was a concept map to see what we knew about Egypt already.
We then discussed what we knew and began to look at some short video clips, images of Egyptian landmarks and their way of life including their homes, clothes, food they eat, farming and Egyptian writing.
We have been put into groups for this project and given a topic to research. Over the next few weeks we will learn all about Egyptians and report to the rest of the class about our topic. Watch this space!
In our first History project of 3rd Class, we learned about Education and Schools long ago. We had an opportunity to explore and analyse various resources which St. Molaga’s has kept for teaching this interesting topic. Examples of material that we got to see and discuss in class were:
roll books from past pupils in St. Molaga’s Senior School
Copy books from past pupils of St. Molaga’s Senior chool
ink and slates like the ones children used to write on in school and
newspapers with articles about St. Molaga’s Senior School
Mercedes made a model of an old school from Co. Cork out of clay for our project. She even made desks and chairs inside the school!. She did a fantastic job and we really enjoyed listening to how she made it. We found this project very interesting and most of us were able to talk to our families at home to learn more.
We have been learning lots about Balbriggan and its history. Our focus was mainly on Bremore Castle and Smyth’s factory. We worked in groups to make projects based on what we had learned! If you would like to know more about Smyth’s factory you should read here.
I can’t believe I’m here three months now. I really can’t wait to see you and the rest of the family. How is the family now that I think of it? How was your birthday meal? Was the good good? The food over here is ok, but it’s that or nothing.
I hope you all are well. I’m doing bad. The Germans are advancing and we’re running out of supplies. My best friends Pat Recan and Tom Shadow died.
My squad are dying of sickness. When it turns dark we will advance as that’s what our captain said. I hope there’s no mines or machine guns. If there are Deadeye will get on the gun and give us support fire.
It’s me Tom, your son. I miss you a lot and I wish I could spend more time with you. I it’s chaos here men are being killed, grenades being thrown, everyone is really scared, but they’re not showing it.
I’m not going to show it either. My best friend Tim was shot in the leg and he died. I’m all alon, but we have to keep fighting.