Did you know....
The Mill Road has the ruins of an old windmill standing in a nearby field?
Or that the name Taylor has been in our locality since at least the 1771?
And that the Narrow Ways was originally known as The Narrow Way?
These and other facts were revealed to us on Friday when local historian, poet and librarian Tom French, came to our school. Tom was invited by Mr. Lynch and he spoke to the three third classes, all of whom are developing a keen interest in history.
Tom brought along a collection of maps. In his presentation he displayed local features which the boys are familiar with-Maiden Tower, and the stone Mill near the Mill Road. He spoke about The Lady`s Finger in Mornington, and the ruins of Draycott Castle beside the original Donacarney Schools` building, now housing the Mornington Pre-School playgroup.
He encouraged the boys always to ask the questions; "Was that always there? When did it arrive?" and revealed copies of ancient maps which showed so many of the features we still see around our school today. And some which have long since gone.
He showed the boys how to find some of those earlier maps on downsurvey.tcd.ie. A click on this link will take you right to our area but back in a time machine to 1658 when the maps were completed.
Tom encouraged the boys to go visit the graveyard beside old Mornington Church and to go to Mornington Tower on Mornington beach. So, if you want to pass an exciting hour or two, you don't have to go too far.
There's history in those old stones!
We love music, the arts and creativity in our school and so, what better way to celebrate all of those good things than with a trip to the National Concert Hall in Dublin?
The boys in fourth, fifth and sixth classes all attended. After a quick stop for lunch at one of the pavilions on St Stephen's Green, we all trooped off to the Earlfort Terrace and the afternoon of some very big sounds.
The Music in the Classroom programme from RTE is an excellent one. With the help of all the superb musicians from the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, music from Mozart, Mussorgsky and Mendelsshon was brought gloriously to life.
John Williams`compositions from Harry Potter and Jurassic Park were particularly popular with the young audience and we all got to sing-and dance!-to the music of the Charleston Champions.
We might just want to replay that whole concert one more time and we know we can find it here. Hope you can enjoy it with us!