As you may know this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Here in 5th and 6th class we have been learning lots about 1916 and the seven leaders who fought for Ireland’s independence.

The leaders were:

  • P H Pearse

  • James Connolly

  • Thomas Clarke

  • Joseph Plunkett

  • Thomas Mac Donagh

  • Seán Mac Diarmada

  • Éamonn Ceannt

It all started when the rebels raided the GPO on Monday the 24th of April 1916. The GPO was one of their volunteer strong points along with Stephen’s Green,South Dublin Union, Four Courts, City Hall, Jacob’s Factory, Boland’s Factory, Liberty Hall, College of Surgeons and Northumberland Road. The fight for freedom went on for six days.

Casualties of the rebellion

590 people died during the Easter rising

374 Civilians (38 children)

116 British soldiers

77 Rebels

23 member of police (R.I.C)


There were also 38 children under 16 killed during the rising.

We all really enjoyed acting and learning about the Easter Rising; even writing our songs and stories.

Here is a sample of our work:



Our collages of Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford’s story. Grace was a bride for four hours and a widow for forty years.

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Our songs for 1916:

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Our stories and diary entries from 1916:

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1916 Easter Rising – Virtual Tour


Travel back in time and see for yourself what Dublin was like back in 1916! Click on the link below to begin your journey.

You can see how parts of Dublin have changed in 100 years, check out videos, listen to audio files and examine pictures from the Rising. Famous Irish actor, Colin Farrell, explains it all to you!


1916 Easter Rising and Dublin Zoo!


The 1916 Easter Rising changed the lives of everyone in Ireland…even the animals in the zoo! Click on the link below to read about what happened to the animals in Dublin Zoo when the rebellion took place in 1916.


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