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Kilmainham Jail Visit

A trip to Kilmainham Gaol


Today I went to Kilmainham jail. It was so interesting. When I first saw the building from the outside it was huge and it was very old.


This jail was first built 1726. In this jail, you could see the criminals getting executed. It was a really successful business at the time. However, after a long time it was banned.


Next we learned about the 1916 Rising. They executed 14 leaders of the rising. The first leader to get shot was P.H Pearce. The last man to get shot was James Connolly. He got shot in a wheelchair while he had his leg infected. That cruel moment changed all of Irish history. Then Joseph Plunkett got married in the jail and a few hours later he was executed.


Mr. Parnell didn’t like how prisoners got treated so he committed a crime and then went to jail. But he got special privileges including a nice cell. It had a large painting on the wall and a bed. He was also allowed go to Paris for the Funeral. After 2 weeks he came back. In total he stayed 8 months in jail. He had a bigger cell than everyone else. He was one of the greatest politicians Ireland ever had.


I really enjoyed my trip to Kilmainham Gaol!

World War 2.

That day was an exciting day.  We went to the library to see some of the guns that are in World War II.  When we got in to the library we saw all the different type of weapons that are in the World War II.  There are AK-47, pistols and Muskets etc. It was amazing. We all took a seat, then the man started to talk and introducing the weapons……during the time, some people got to wear the different types of uniform and hold the weapons.  When the people were holding  the weapons and wearing the uniforms the teachers took a picture of them.  I got to hold some of the weapons at the end and they are really heavy.  My favourite gun in there was a pistol. The most interesting stuff there was a thing that are called flint and chizel.  You can make some sparks if you use the chizel to hit the flint.  The time was up so we had to go. At break time we were all talking about this and we all hope we can have another chance to learn more about them and we are really looking forward to it.


Today we did an experiment and I think it’s really cool. The aim of our experiment was to see if seeds need water, light and warmth to start to grow.

To see if seeds germinate without water
We needed cress seeds,cotton wool and ziplock bags to do the first experiment. First we put three balls of cotton wool into the ziplock bag. Then we put some cress seeds on to the cotton wool. After that we zipped the ziplock bag and put it into the small room in the back of our classroom. We did not give these seeds any water!

To see if seeds germinate without light
Then we moved onto the second experiment. For this experiment we needed cress seeds, cotton wool, ziplock bags and a dark place. Just like we did with the first experiment, we put three balls of cotton wool into the ziplock bag and some cress seeds onto the cotton wool and then we zipped the ziplock bag. The only difference with the first experiment is we put the ziplock bag into the drawer which is the dark place. Everyday we poured water over these seeds.

To see if seeds germinate without warmth
Then we were ready for the last experiment! We used the same materials as the last two but there is one thing that is different to the last two and it is the fridge! We put three balls of cotton wool into the ziplock bag and placed some cress seeds onto the cotton wool. We zipped the ziplock bag after that. We followed the same steps as the last two but there was a difference.We put this ziplock bag into the fridge and watered it everyday.

Take a look at our pictures to see our seeds germinated. If you think our experiment is finished, then you are wrong!! This experiment is interesting and easy so you can try it in your home. And that’s the end,enjoy! Bye bye

By Youming Pan

The Sam Maguire comes to visit

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On the 21st of February, St Pauls had a few visitors to the school. Bernard Brogan who won the All Ireland senior football championship with Dublin in September 2011 brought in the Sam Maguire into the school.
There was great excitement in the school. The gym was covered in bunting and flags and everyone was wearing their Dublin gear.
Bernard was accompanied by Johnny McGlynn, the GAA coach from St Oliver Plunketts.
Mr McCaw welcomed Bernard to the school and remarked at how great it was to have the Sam in Brunner. Bernard spoke about how amazing it was to win the All Ireland and explained to all the boys about how much training he did with his teammates and about how much dedication was required to be successful. Bernard then answered questions from boys from each class. Each class then got a chance to get a photo taken with the ace forward and the cup. The Brunner football team also got their picture taken and it was nice to have the cup we won alongside the cup Dublin won!
Bernard, Johnny and Sam headed off to another school as they had a busy schedule for the day. Before they left Bernard gave the whole school off homework for the night which was great!
We really enjoyed the day and we hope someday a student from Brunner will walk in the door with Sam once again.


St. Pauls Win In Croker Again!

After that great game in Croke Park against De La Salle, I was very proud to say that I’d played in Croke Park and won the cup! Our team deserved to make it to the final because we played very well in the group and knockout stages.

When I woke up on Tuesday the 13th of December, I felt amazing! I was going to be playing in Croke Park for the second time in two years. I left my house at 9:00, arrived at the school at 9:15. We departed the school at 9:20 and arrived in Croke Park at 9:50.

There was a great buzz in the dressing room before the game. Everyone was excited and a little nervous about the game ahead. We all darted out of the dressing room and ran up the stairs to bring us onto the pitch. We’d finally got onto the pitch and we’d got the loudest clap and shout I’d ever heard.

When the ref blew the whistle and threw the ball up into the air. The nerves had won me over and I didn’t catch the ball, I’d let it slip out of my hands. They broke, all the way down the pitch and nearly got their point but just put it wide, I told my teammates I was sorry for my mistake and that it wouldn’t happen again. And it didn’t. We held them off all the way through the game and played very well, moving the ball about and taking our points!

The ref blew the last whistle and we’d won! We were all so happy. We’d finally won the cup to ourselves, not sharing it. The boys were so delighted and so was Mr. Howard, it was a great scene just seeing the great big smile on his face. It made my day! We took the celebrations to the dressing room where we messed about.

Jordan and I were the first to leave the dressing room with the cup. We ran out to the bus, everyone we passed congratulated us on our great win over De La Salle. We took the cup to the top of the bus where we then gave every single person up their a feel of the cup. They were delighted.

We’d all just like to say thanks to Mr.Howard for his great managment skills and for the effort he put in training us. Up in the Grangegorman and in the gym during lunch. He is truly a great manager and we enjoyed his company.

By Daniel Mckenna, 6th Class Student.

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