Septembre 2015

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  • The Trip

    Publié le mardi 3 novembre 2015 17:58 - Mis à jour le dimanche 8 novembre 2015 16:30

    We took a plane to go to Ireland. It was very impressive. The air hostess showed what to do when there is an incident.

    At Dublin airport, our Irish driver was waiting for us and we continued our journey by coach (it took 5 hours to cross the country from East to West).

    Every morning, the coach was here, in front of the hostel to drive us to the different places. We took different roads every day so that we could see the landscape. The driver was nice. It sometimes wasn't the some driver.

    In the coach, the boys were dancing on a very strange music.

    Personally, I always slept in the coach except when the boys' music was too loud. One day, while I was asleep, Helene wrote on my cheek!

    When we came back from the kayak, we completely soaked the coach.

    On the way back, I was not far from Mrs Pinier on the plane. She spent the whole flight marking papers! Even during a trip, teachers never stop working. wink

  • Our hostel in Letterfrack

    Publié le jeudi 15 octobre 2015 13:40 - Mis à jour le dimanche 8 novembre 2015 16:12

    During our stay we slept in Letterfrack in a hostel called "the Bard's Den". We were in rooms of three to six with our friends and it was very funny: we made a lot of jokes

    For breakfast, we ate in a common room but we couldn't all eat together because there weren't enough tables 

    Letterfrack is a small village but it is famous because it is where the Connemara National Park is: just next to our hostel. It is also famous for its furniture school that's why, even of it is small,there is a supermarket and we could go there on foot, The teachers went to the supermarket everyday to buy what we needed for the sandwiches. And we went to buy candies, drinks and cards to play poker in the room.

    In the evening we had dinner at the restaurant of the hostel. It was very good! 

  • Food

    Publié le mercredi 14 octobre 2015 22:19 - Mis à jour le dimanche 8 novembre 2015 16:08

       Every day, we had one meal at the restaurant and one meal prepared by ourselves (generally sandwiches).

       Most often, we had sandwiches for lunch and we had dinner at the restaurant except on the day of the Parade and the last day when it was the other way round. laugh

     

      Before leaving, we made our own sandwiches (with ham, cheese, salmon, tomatoes, cucumber) and we took a fruit, crips and water, except on Sunday: we had pasta and salmon cooked by the teachers. Most of us liked that lunch but some didn't. 

       At the restaurant, we always had 3 choices and we had the opportunity to taste typical Irish dishes. We had loins of bacon and cabbage, Irish stew, mussels and French fries, sea bass, fish and chips, burgers...

       

       On the last day, at lunch we ate at Burger King.

       All of us found the food very good (except Raphaële). yes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                          

     

     

  • Easter Rising 1916

    Publié le mercredi 14 octobre 2015 15:55 - Mis à jour le dimanche 8 novembre 2015 15:53

    Michael Collins Barracks

     

    When we arrived in Dublin, the first day in Ireland, we went to Michael Collins Barracks and we saw the exhibition "Easter Rising 1916". In fact, we had already talked about Easter Rising last year with Miss Deregnaucourt, when we worked on the short story of Jean Marc Vincent. In European section, the History of Ireland is an important subject so the exhibition was very interesting. All the more so as we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rising in April!

     

    Easter Rising, a step towards independence:

         

       ►Historical context:

    In 1800, the Act of Union of Ireland with Great Britain was voted: the Irish parliament was abolished and Ireland became part of the United Kingdom, but it was not accepted by everybody!

     

     

    During the Great Famine, in 1848, William Smith O'Brien organized a rebellion, but it was a failure...

    ​After that, several organizations were created, including:

    • IRB: Irish Republican Brotherwood (a Republican and Revolutionary organization)
    • ICA: Irish Citizen Army.
    • Irish Volunteers (a military organization established in 1913 by Irish nationalists).

         

       ►Easter Rising:

    In April 1916 (during the First World War), in Dublin, when soldiers were marching in the streets, Irish Volunteers, IRB and ICA members attacked and began a revolt.

    They occupied the GPO (General Post Office) and other important places.

    Then Patrick Pearse, the movement's leader, read a Proclamation of the Republic in front of an amazed crowd.

    It was a failure, because the revolutionaries were not many and the British Army was stronger than them, but it was a first step towards the Independence of Ireland (in 1921, after the war of independence...)

    Nearly all the movement's leaders were killed, but their names remain in Irish people's memory...

    My opinion:                                                                              

       Thanks to the exhibition, we learnt many very interesting things about Ireland's history, that is very complicated... Unfortunately, we didn't have much time to visit the exhibition and there were so many documents in the museum that we didn't understand all the information... Fortunately, Mrs Pinier was there to help us, and it was just the beginning!smiley

  • Strokestown Park

    Publié le jeudi 15 octobre 2015 18:47 - Mis à jour le dimanche 8 novembre 2015 15:47

     

     

     

    On our way from Dublin to Connemara, we stopped in Roscommon to visit Strokenstown Park and the National Irish Famine Museum.

    The park is giant. When you see the house from the outside, you could think it's really big. It is, but not this much. When you enter the house, there are big stairs and giant carpets everywhere on the floor. 

    On the right, a door that leads to an office and then to the drawing room. On the left, another door that leads to the dining room and to the kitchen. There are a lot of fake doors to make the house seem bigger than it really is.

     

     

     

    The house was built in 1730 for Nicholas Mahon. Tunnels were added later for the servants so they could go from one place to another without beeing seen. The family moved from a room to the other according to the sun's position. Every member had his own bell to call the servants when they needed to. 

    The man's bedroom was made in 1700, they used to sleep seated to prevent lung problems, and also because lying down was the position of the dead.

     

     

    Kids had school at home until they were 9 years old, then they were sent to an English boarding school.

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