On Tuesday 10th February, our Middle Sixth History students travelled by train to Dublin for a walking tour of the city, which stopped at various locations relevant to the A2 course. Dr. John Gibney, an historian working on the Decade of Centuries project, led our tour, giving us wonderful insight to the events that shaped the island in the first quarter of the twentieth century.
Our first stop was the Custom House, which had been burnt down during the Irish War of Independence in 1921 and then restored following the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Then, after stopping at Liberty Hall, where arms for the Easter Rising in 1916 were distributed from, we headed to O’Connell Street to visit the General Post Office, the headquarters for the revolutionaries. Here we heard stories from the farcical to the daring from that week. At Dublin Castle we saw the seat of British Rule in Ireland and the site of the handover of power from Lord Lieutenant FitzAlan to Michael Collins in January 1922.
After a brief stop at City Hall, we walked down to the Bank of Ireland, and went into the former House of Lords of the Irish parliament up to the Act of Union. Our final stop was Trinity College where we were given a brief background of the university including its links to southern unionism. After a much needed rest and lunch break, we met back outside Trinity College before heading back to Connolly Street Station. Overall, the tour helped to expand our knowledge of the course; seeing the places covered in our study of the period brought the events of 100 years ago to life.
Abby Reid MVI