Congratulations to both Mr. Dodd’s & Ms. Murray’s 6th Classes St. Brigid’s NS. They won 1st PRIZE for primary schools in an ALL-ISLAND SCHOOLS HISTORY COMPETITION for primary and secondary school. This was in the Women’s History section. The ‘Decade of Centenaries’ competition is sponsored by the Department of Education, Mercier Press & UCC’s School of History ,and supported by the ‘History Ireland’ magazine.
The students will receive a history trophy and mini library from the Mercier press website to the overall value of €200. All winning entries will be published online and one of the winners will be considered for publication in an issue of ‘History Ireland’.
St. Brigid’s entry was based on research originally done for a dramatic re enactment of scenes from the lives of Muriel & Grace Gifford, Kitty Kiernan & Sinead De Valera, (women who all had a connection to Greystones, and those revolutionary times 1916 – 1922). In September 2017, 6th Class students performed at the La Touche Legacy’s annual Festival of History at the invitation of the La Touche Legacy committee.
Students were fascinated to learn that The Gifford Sisters: Muriel and Grace enjoyed holidays as children with their family in Greystones. They were very taken with the information that Kitty Kiernan and Michael Collins were considering buying ‘Brooklands’ on Trafalgar Rd., as this house is directly opposite the entrance to the school. However they found out it was Sinéad de Valera who had the closest links with the school as a number of her children came to school here and she herself helped the Holy Faith Sisters improve their Irish.
Principal Mrs. Máire Costello was delighted to announce this wonderful news and to congratulate both 6th classes and their teachers. With the support of the Board of Management, a group of the children will represent the school at the prize giving in the Aula Maxima of University College, Cork, (UCC’s own Hall at Hogwart’s) on Monday 21st May 2018.
The students were very happy to receive a letter of congratulations from local TDs; Minister for Health, Simon Harris. and Stephen Donnelly. ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ and the children from 6th Class St. Brigid’s would like to acknowledge the encouragement of Councillor George Jones and local historian Rosemary Raughter and the members of the La Touche Seminar Committee, whose original invitation to participate in the La Touche Seminar inspired the children’s interest in this particular aspect of local history.’
By the same token, students would like to thank the Greystones Guide for the great articles on the history of Greystones and the treasure trove of photos of Greystones long ago. All of which is ‘grist to their mill’.
If you want to see more of the interest St. Brigid’s has in history, check out our school’s history blog HERE