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Cookstown High School, Cookstown

History trip to Dublin

19th Feb 2016

On Thursday 4th February, fourteen pupils from Cookstown High School, accompanied by Mrs S Allen and Mr G Montgomery travelled to Dublin for a two day trip. The main focus of the trip was the Easter Rising which forms part of their A Level studies within History.

Pupils were given a walking tour of Dublin in order to place the events which they have studied into a physical context, visiting historical locations such as the General Post Office. Shannon Black, a current Year 14 pupil expressed the benefits of tracing the events of the Easter Rising through a tour of Dublin. ‘It allows us to experience history outside of a book and to fully understand the magnitude of such an event within Dublin.’

Afterwards, the group visited Collins Barracks Museum where they were able to browse the various exhibitions currently on display. Highlights of these included the Irish at War at Home and Abroad from 1550 to the present day and the historic Asgard yacht which is currently on display within the museum.

On Friday, pupils visited Glasnevin Cemetery and were able to look upon the graves of a number of historic figures from Irish History, including Charles Stewart Parnell, Daniel O’Connell, Éamon de Valera and Michael Collins. In the afternoon, pupils were given a tour around Leinster House, otherwise known as Dáil Éireann. This tour proved particularly insightful as pupils were able to make comparisons between Dáil Éireann and Stormont.

Cookstown High School’s History Department organises this trip for its A Level pupils biannually.