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: 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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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 – Stone Age Food – 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.