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.

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Sources & Resources: ‘The Great Irish Famine Online’

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Click HERE to go to ‘The Great Irish Famine Online’.

This interactive website is from the Geography Department in UCC

and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 

In it the famine is mapped at a parish level

and shows us changes which occurred between 1841 and 1851;

changes in population,



and education.

We can use it to see the changes that happened in Greystones

from 1841 to 1851.

In this way we can see how ‘The Famine’ affected Greystones

and its surrounding areas.

Sources & Resources: ‘Letters of 1916’ Project from Maynooth University

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HERE is a link to the ‘Letters of 1916’ Project from Maynooth University.

THIS for example is the last letter and will of Thomas MacDonagh


HERE is a letter from Éamon De Valera to his wife Sinéad

and THIS one is from Éamon De Valera to a family friend, 

at a time De Valera heard he was to be executed. 

It asks him to advise Sinéad about the children in the years to come.

Éamon De Valera’s death sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment.

Later De Valera was released in an amnesty.


Take a look. Use the search facility and you will find other memorable letters

and learn more about 1916 from people who were there.



Sources & Resources: The Military Service Pension Collection

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HERE is a link to the Military Service Pensions Collection (1916 – 1923).

It is part of the Military Archives from Defence Forces Ireland.


THIS link for example, shows an unsuccessful application

for a military service pension

from Grace Gifford, wife of Joseph Mary Plunkett.


And THIS one includes a successful claim for 

Donagh and Barbara MacDonagh,

who were orphaned 9 July 1917

when mother, Muriel MacDonagh nee Gifford, drowned.

Their father was Thomas MacDonagh.

Sources & Resources: National Monuments Service: Wreck Viewer

This is an interesting website.

It shows the shipwrecks all along the coast of Ireland.

Click HERE to see.

Published by the Department of Culture and Heritage Department, it is an interactive map.

Many of the wrecks are unidentified.

But off the coast of Greystones you can see

the John Morrison (SS), the Lanarkshire (SS), the Hibernia (FV) and more.

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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.

References to the books we used to research Women of the Revolution

When the La Touche Legacy organisers first asked us to present a piece the Festival of History, we brainstormed.

We decided we wanted to write about the women of the revolution who had connections to Greystones.

Sixth Class teacher, Mr. Dodd was reading ‘Rebel Sisters’ by Marita Conlon-McKenna,

and he told us about the links between the Gifford Sisters and Greystones. 


This book is fictional though based on fact.

To learn more about Muriel and Grace Gifford,

we read  Anne Clare’s ‘Unlikely Rebels: The Gifford Girls’, published by Mercier.


Other books we found useful were

‘Éamon de Valera – A Will to Power’ by Ronan Fanning.

‘De Valera’ by Tim Pat Coogan,

‘De Valera in America’ by Dave Hannigan.

‘Big Fellow, Long Fellow’

(a joint biography of Éamon de Valera and Michael Collins) by T. Ryle Dwyer

‘History of Greystones Convent and Blacklion School’ by Sister Mary Dolorosa

(unpublished pamphlet, 1964)

Links for Teachers – Record of Protected Structures – Wicklow County Council Area, 2016

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There is a list of protected structures in Greystones on pages 16-23 of the link at the bottom of this page.


Among the structures on this link

are a number of post boxes around Greystones

that date from a time when Ireland was part of the United Kingdom.

If you see VR on the post box, that stands for Queen Victoria

so it is a postbox put up between 1853-1901.

ER VII on a post box stands for Edward VII (put up between 1901-1910)

GR on a post box stands for George V so it was put up after 1910

and before Ireland became independent in 1922.

These postboxes would originally have been painted red.


Record of Protected Structures – Wicklow County Council Area, 2016

Please note the postbox in the photo on this post is not taken in Greystones

however it is an Irish postbox.


Questions for Students:

Can you see the letters on this postbox.

From looking at the letters can you tell when this postbox dates from?


Keep an eye out for the postboxes in your neighbourhood.

Do they have any markings on them that show when they were put up?

Links for Teachers – Greystones – 1911 Census

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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.’

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

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

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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 Teachers – The History of Greystones

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  1. Greystones 1864 – 1964 was written by Samuel French (1964).

This is a very informative booklet written

for the centenary of St. Patrick’s Church in Greystones.

It tells how Greystones got its name

and follows the history of Greystones

from when it was a small fishing village,

through to the coming of the railway and the growth of the town.

2. There is a wonderful archive of photos on Greystones Guide.

Many of these were collected by Derek Paine.

They are being added to all the time.

3. Greystones is also very lucky to have an active 

Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society.

In November 2015, Greystones Archaelogicial and Historical Society

sent the schools in Greystones a very useful information pack.

This has proved to be a valuable resource

and reawakened our interest in local history

here in St. Brigid’s National School in Greystones..

There is a lot of information to be found

in the journals produced by this group.

Click on this LINK to see them.

Check out the website.

There is a lot to see.

Please supervise children when they are researching online.

The internet is a portal to the outside world.

Useful Links for Teachers: The Stone Age

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Archaeology  in the Classroom – It’s About Time! 

lesson plans and resources from Limerick Education Centre

and the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

and Primary Curriculum Support Service (2005)

It’s About Time – Module 4 – The Stone Age Hunters

Interactive Stone Age Tool Kit from PBS

Dorling Kindersley’s FindOut.com – Stone Age Food

Mountsandel.com – An interactive site from Coleraine Borough Council, Northern Ireland


Links for Teachers – The Placenames of County Wicklow

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Click HERE to see ‘The Placenames of Co. Wicklow’

– From A to W –  by Diarmuid O Keeffe.

This information on local placenames

was put together as part of  student work experience 

in the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council

using “The Placenames of County Wicklow” by Liam Price.