Centenary of Armistice Day – The End of World War 1

Today is the 11th November 2018. On this day one hundred years ago, World War 1 ended. If you use this interactive website AStreetNearYou.org and enter the place where you live, you will find the names of young men who fought and died in World War 1 who came from a street near you. Click HERE to visit the site.

Remembrance Neil Moralee via Compfight

1911 Census details for the Holy Faith Convent in Greystones

The 1911 Census is a wonderful source of information.

Click HERE to see the 1911 Census details for the Holy Faith Convent in Greystones.

On the night of Sunday 2nd April, 1911, there were six members of the Holy Faith Order in the house.

Margaret Gaughron was the local superior.

Frances Murphy, Johanna Aylward, Kate Sheehy and Norah Trant were all described as teachers.

Ellen Maguire was visiting the convent.

The women were all between the ages of 30 and 65.

Norah Trant was from County Kerry.

Margaret Gaughron the head of the convent was from Dublin as was Ellen Maguire who was visiting.

The other sisters, Frances Murphy, Johanna Aylward and Kate Sheehy were all from County Wicklow.

Click HERE to see the details of the Holy Faith Convent in Kilcoole,

where there were seven sisters, six of whom were in their thirties.

There were fourteen boys boarding there that night,

between the ages of four and eleven.

Electrification – When did electricity come to Greystones?

Click on THIS link to see an interactive map showing when places in Ireland got electricity. As you can see from the screen shot below Greystones got electricity in 1930. Delgany had to wait until 1932. Templecarrig had an even longer wait and it was 1949 before Templecarrig had electricity.

A screen shot from the ESB Archives see link to website below.

Click HERE to see some more details about the electrification of County Wicklow. Interesting information HERE contrasting life before electrification and life after.

Saints – St.Patrick

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It is St. Patrick’s Day on Friday 17th March.

You can learn about St. Patrick HERE on the BBC Northern Ireland website.

You can see the same activity HERE in Irish. However the videos only work

in the UK and Northern Ireland.

Links for Teachers – Greystones – 1911 Census

Greystones Aaron van Dorn via Compfight

Click HERE to see the 1911 Census for Greystones. Greystones doesn’t seem to be mentioned in the census for 1901 Click on this LINK to a telling census entry from James Joseph Hazlett which may or may not be a ‘sign of the times.’

Placenames – Victoria Road

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In the second half of the 19th century Church Road, Trafalgar Road and Victoria Road were built. Victoria Road was called after the Queen Victoria. You can read more about her HERE Queen Victoria made four official visits to Ireland: 1849, 1853, 1861 and 1900. The railway station in Greystones opened on 30 October 1855. Many houses were built in Greystones after that time.

Tie in with Irish Primary School Curriculum – History – Strand: My Locality – Strand Unit: My Locality throughout the ages

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Strand: My Locality

Strand Unit: My Locality throughout the ages

study a period or periods in the history of the town, parish or county

become familiar

with important events in the history of the locality,

setting local figures or events

in the national and international context where relevant. In addition to the developments suggested for this unit in third and fourth classes, suitable subjects might include

How to build an Iron Age chariot

Click HERE to see how to build an Iron Age chariot

Bronze chariot(eers) Dan Diffendale via Compfight

Reviewed by Seán from Third Class: This was an interesting activity.

The story reminded me of what I learned about Egyptian burials,

There were a lot of steps and I found it a bit complicated.

I didn’t think it was as interesting as making fire and bread

in the other Iron Age activity from the BBC website HERE 

Iron Age – Interactive game on the BBC website

Click HERE to learn more about day to day life

in the Iron Age through this interactive game on BBC. co.uk

We played this game and we learned

how they made fire,

made bread

and spun wool in the Iron Age..

Staigue Fort Jessie Hodge via Compfight

Reviewed by Seán from 3rd Class. I enjoyed learning how to make fire and make bread like they did in the Iron Age. I preferred this activity to the one where you see how an Iron Age chariot is built. That activity is HERE

Placenames – Our school is on Trafalgar Road

This is Trafalgar Road in Greystones.

Trafalgar Rd









Our school is located on Trafalgar Road.
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Trafalgar Road got its name in 1855 to commemorate

the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

This was a victory at sea for the British navy

led by Admiral Horatio Nelson.

The French navy were defeated.

Nelson lost his life at this battle.

Click HERE to learn more about

the Battle of Trafalgar and the

tactics and strategies that were


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We got this information from Gary Acheson on the Historical Greystones Facebook page.

Interactive activity – The Iron Age in Wales – from the BBC website

Watch this animation to see how a roundhouse in the Iron Age was built. Then click

on THIS LINK for an interactive website from the BBC on Iron Age Celts (in Wales)

to see if you can make one.

Iron Age roundhouse at Butser Ancient Farm 4Creative Commons License Leimenide via Compfight

Review by Leon: I enjoyed this activity. It was fun. But I thought the Druid’s Story was a bit weird. I am in third and I think it might be a scary activity for younger children (say second class) because there is a bog body and an animal sacrifice in it. It is important to remember that this activity is set in Wales not Ireland. There will be similarities but there are also differences. Though Roman graves were found in Bray, the Romans never invaded Ireland.

Viking Quest – an interactive game from BBC History

Click HERE to open up an interactive game

about the Vikings from BBC History.

Thor Marvel Now David Fuentes via Compfight

Review: This is our favourite online activity in History. We haven’t got tired of it yet. We think we learned a good deal by playing this about the Vikings themselves and about making decisions and their consequences. Keep playing this game and you will learn from your mistakes. Try for a high score. Then try for a really low score. We think you will have fun.

A Great Website for learning about The Stone Age – Dorling Kindersley’s FindOut.com

We LOVED this website.

We found it very interesting

and the pictures really brought

the story of The Stone Age alive.


We’d recommend it.

Take a look and see.

by Jack and Sean.

Dorling Kindersley’s FindOut.com – The Stone Age

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Exciting Interactive Link – Historic Environment Viewer from Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

211 of 365 - We passed the setting sun. Fearghal via Compfight

Just put the name of your home place in the search box and click on the dots to see places of historic interest. We put in Greystones, Delgany and Charlesland in the search box and were amazed with what we found.

Historic Environment Viewer from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

‘Copyright Government of Ireland. The content of this application is owned and operated by National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. This copyright material is licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence’.

Links for Learning – The Vikings on GridClub.com

Norse Warriors Andrew Becraft via Compfight

Click HERE for a Viking Game on GridClub.com.

Review: You have to pay to join usually, but this game seems to be free to start. Play it a couple of times and you will get better at it. You will learn some interesting facts about Vikings. We liked the graphics A LOT.

Cooking in the Iron Age – The Fulacht Fia

This clever animation tells us about

the arrival of the Celts in Ireland.

It also explains how the use of

the fulacht fia for cooking.

Micheál and the Fulacht Fia from The Happy Artist on Vimeo.

4th Class Students Firies National School, Co Kerry

wrote, animated, filmed and performed this animation

with the help of Katherine Mulligan, Firies National School,

Kerry County Council Arts Office, The Arts Council of Ireland

and Kerry Filmmaker in Residence Lisa Fingleton.

We think it is amazing.

You can read more about how the ‘Fulacht Fia’ works if you CLICK ON THIS LINK

Links for Learning – The Vikings

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 7 : Viking Woman wiredforlego via Compfight

Review: We learnt a lot of useful information about the Vikings from this website from Snaith Primary School in East Yorkshire.

It is written for seven and eight year olds and we found it interesting. We found it easy to read and we liked the graphics a lot.

Click HERE to see.

Please note all images and multimedia on this link are Copyright Thinking Things 2016.

Learning about life in Viking Times – Game from BBC Scotland

Click HERE to play an interactive game

about day to day life in Viking times.

It Ain't Over Until The Fat Lady Sings Alan via Compfight

Review: I played this game and I learned some interesting facts about Vikings.

The videos on the game don’t work and you can’t see the transcripts

because it is a BBC site and the videos would only work in the UK.

But the game was fun and I liked the humour and the graphics.

Written by Seán