Action-packed three days
Sixth Form History trip to Ireland
Early in the morning of 25 January, a group of 28 Lower and Upper Sixth and three staff embarked on a trip to Ireland that would entail two small hour coach trips, a long train journey and an exciting itinerary.
Lower Sixth Former Rosie Cromwell reported on the trip.
We were in for an action packed three days, a lot of Italian food and a whistle-stop tour of Irish culture. The trip included historical stops such as the Dublin GPO, headquarters of the 1916 Easter Uprising; the Dáil Éireann, the Irish Parliament still in use today; and the Book of Kells, an ancient illustrated manuscript housed in Trinity College; as well as cultural stops such as Temple Bar, famed for live traditional music, in the middle of "TradFest"; Grafton Street, the main shopping street in Dublin and the Black Cab Tour explaining the Northern Irish Troubles and exploring both sides of the Peace Wall.
There were also visits to the old Irish House of Lords, Dublin Castle, the Titanic Museum and the Crumlin Road Gaol. There was really something for everybody, from those interested in medieval history (The Book of Kells and certain parts of Dublin Castle) and those interested in marine history (the Titanic Museum) to those interested in modern politics (the Irish Parliament).
We all enjoyed ourselves immensely despite the long travel hours, and kudos to Mrs Culley, Mrs Hodgetts and Mr Trelawny for organising everything and looking after us all weekend.