For younger students we have a restored 1920’s classroom, with desks, chalk and slates etc…
During the nineteenth century many children left school once primary level education was completed. Therefore, the curriculum was centred on preparing children for a life of toil. We look at the teaching methods used and the subjects that were considered most suitable according to class and gender. We also reflect on the childhood of garrison children, who lead peripatetic lives and faced harsh realities at times.
Post Primary Schools – Irish History Option 5
A Complex History comes together at Richmond Barracks. Using the historical personalities of Francis Ledwidge, Seamus Heaney and Martin Mc Guinness, students will have the opportunity to consider Ireland’s simultaneous involvement in the Rising and the First World War and reconciliation of both traditions in Ireland.
This element of the tour will take place in the soldier’s gymnasium where the leaders and soldiers of the rebellion were kept before being released or court martialed. It will include a short video piece and group discussion.
Francis Ledwidge (A solider poet), born in Slane, Co Meath, Ledwidge was a nationalist and a member of the Irish Volunteers but joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was stationed at Richmond Barracks in 1915, before going to fight at Gallipoli and was killed in battle in Ypres, Belgium in 1917. In response to the executions of the leaders of the 1916 Rising he wrote his best known poem Lament for Thomas McDonagh of whom he was a close friend.
Martin Mc Guinness, Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness unveiled a statue of Francis Ledwidge in Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, where the Irish poet was stationed during the first World War.