On the 27th of March, Collinstown Park’s Transition Year politics class went on the 1916 Rise of the Rebels Bus Tour around Dublin City and afterwards they went to Collins Barracks. Transition Years left the school at around 9am. They arrived in town at about 10am where they were then shown a shortcut through Trinity College by Mr Nea (a former student of Trinity College) to where the bus tour starts.
When the bus arrived the students were funneled on to the top level. The actors quickly revealed themselves and the show began. Each actor took the roles of witnesses from the rising and acted out their point of view on the Rising. They stopped at different places around town such as The GPO, Dublin Castle and Moore Street. At each stop the students were told why that place was important. The GPO was important because it was the headquarters of the rebels who took part in the Easter Rising of 1916. Moore Street was important because Irish rebels ran to the street to hide but they ended up getting shot at by their own men from inside the then named “White House”. After all the stops, the tour ended at the Abercrombie and Fitch store on College Green. This store had no significance on the 1916 rising, but instead was just a convenient location to disembark the bus!
The students, finally, had some free time to get lunch. Afterwards, everyone met up for the bus outside Trinity College. The bus brought them to Collins Barracks where they were brought around the museum by Mr Nea and a tour guide. They then had time to look around the museum. There were objects from the Rising such as: letters from the Easter Rising’s leaders, uniforms, old weapons and old rations. They were told about the families from the 1916 Rising. Afterwards, they visited a room that had a large map of Dublin in 1916. Places beyond Inchicore didn’t exist and were all farmland – including Clondalkin.
Everybody enjoyed the trip immensely and gained a lot of knowledge on the Rising that they did not have before. Particular thanks must go to Mr Nea who organised the trip and was a valuable source of information, throughout the trip.
By Rokas Galinauskas, Ciara Delaney and Hannah Ingram.