On the 16th of May, some of the TY students went to Richmond Barracks for the day. They left the school on the bus at half nine. They arrived at the Barracks at about quarter past ten, they sat on a bench and enjoyed the view until eleven o’clock when their tour started.
They were then split into two groups because there were too many people. Eight of these students were mixed in with a group of Americans who were getting the same tour. They were brought to see the main layout of the Barracks and told a little bit about the history of it. Next students were brought into some rooms that were laid out the same way as they would’ve been many years ago. They were shown how their bedrooms and classrooms were laid out. They were allowed to try on the clothes that they would’ve worn back then and they were told about the punishments the children would’ve gotten if they didn’t behave. There was a big blackboard that they were allowed to write their names or a little message on.
In the bedrooms was a very simple layout with just a bed and their basic needs. The sitting rooms also had a simple layout with some chairs and a very small telly where they had to get up and press a button to change the station. The classrooms had a big blackboard and a very simple layout of seats of two all facing the teacher’s desk. On the teacher’s desk was a cane for hitting the children’s hands and for the boys there was also a strap of leather. The tour guide then informed the tour about how different the boys’ education was to the girls’, the girls were basically taught how to be a wife and the boys were taught about history and how to go out and work.
Next, they were brought over to the graveyard. This graveyard was the first graveyard where a Christian priest could say the rights over the grave. This graveyard was not only made for Christians but for all religions and none. The first person to be buried here was an eighteen-year-old girl whose body was kept thirteen days so she could be buried here as soon as it opened. They were then also told that when a baby died the mothers would throw the babies over the wall and the graveyard worker would bury them but they wouldn’t get a headstone.
After the graveyard tour, the students were brought back to the bus where the two groups met back up and the bus dropped them back to Liffey Valley. From there they could either go into Liffey Valley for food or go home. Most students went into Liffey Valley for food and then walked home. Overall the students had a good day out.
Ciara Delaney and Keith Carass – TY Pess