Adult Education students at Ringsend College have been meeting on Friday mornings since January as part of a ‘Remembering the Rising’ course. They are curious about life in Ringsend a hundred years ago, and how the events of Easter Week affected the people who lived here. They have been conducting research, listening to guest speakers, visiting some of the local sites that featured in the Rising, and documenting local history and stories.
They’ve been writing stories, articles and blog posts, and photographing significant local sites. All students’ work will be published by September. The horticulture class has researched flowers popular in 1916 and planted a selection in display boxes designed and constructed by the woodwork class. Students from all classes (and staff) will visit the Pearse Museum and St Enda’s Park in April.
Collating material and sources for their website has enabled students from other classes to follow their progress, while at the same time developing real-world internet and social media skills. Computer and literacy students regularly log on to the website and are encouraged to comment on blog posts. The website has even caught the attention of the Galway City Museum, who recently wrote to request help in sourcing materials for an exhibition.
Check out their work to date by visiting their website HERE
Picture shows hat with bullet hole worn by Jack Plunkett (brother of Joseph Mary) in the GPO in 1916.