Friday 27 October 2023

Black History In Irish History

 As we celebrate Black History Month, it's important to remember that the African diaspora's impact extends far beyond America and Africa. Ireland, a country known for its rich history and cultural diversity, has its own remarkable and often lesser-known history of people of African descent. In this article, we'll delve into the fascinating narrative of Irish Black history, shedding light on the lives, contributions, and challenges faced by this community.

The Historical Roots
Ireland's engagement with the African continent dates back centuries.  Historians have unearthed records of African presence in Ireland as far back as the 12th century, with individuals of African descent playing roles in various aspects of Irish society.

Music and Dance: A Unifying Force
One of the most captivating aspects of Irish Black history is its influence on traditional Irish music and dance. The fusion of African and Irish rhythms, melodies, and dance steps have given birth to a unique blend that has charmed audiences around the world.

Activism and Leadership
Irish Black history is also marked by remarkable individuals who have contributed to civil rights and social justice movements, both in Ireland and abroad. Figures like Richard Robert Madden, an Irish doctor who fought against the transatlantic slave trade, and Phil Lynott, the legendary lead singer of Thin Lizzy, who became a rock icon while challenging racial stereotypes.

Challenges and Progress
It's crucial to acknowledge the challenges faced by the Irish Black community over the years. Racism, discrimination, and social exclusion have been persistent issues. However, the community has continually strived for progress, making strides towards inclusivity and equality.

Celebrating Diversity
Today Ireland embraces its diverse population, including people of African descent. It's heartening to see numerous organizations, events, and initiatives dedicated to celebrating and promoting multiculturalism and understanding.  As we commemorate Black History Month, let's not forget the stories of the Irish Black community. Their history, contributions, and resilience are woven into the fabric of Ireland's past and present. By recognizing and celebrating this rich heritage, we honor the spirit of unity and diversity that Black History Month represents.
Phoebe Edunpeters

Monday 23 October 2023

Form 1 September Reads

Each month in our Form 1 English class we read novels for homework. Last month we chose books that have not yet been made into a film or TV show.  Here is a list of the books that we enjoyed.  Maybe you would like to read them too! 

A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens - 3/5 stars
Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly - 4/5 stars
Lily at Lisadell: Lily's Dream by Judi Curtain - 3/5 stars
Faraway Home by Marilyn Taylor - 5/5 stars
Dancing in the Dark, by Peter Prendergast - 4/5 stars
The Battle of ROAR! by Jenny McLachlan - 4.5/5 stars
Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson - 3.5/5 stars
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer - 5/5 stars
How to Rob a Bank by Tom Mitchell - 3/5 stars
The Sacrifice Box by Martin Sewart - 3.5/5 stars
Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens - 3/5 stars 
Freeze, by Chris Priestley – 2/5 stars
The Ultimate Truth by Kevin Brooks – 3.5/5 stars 
Chalkline by Jane Mitchell – 4.5/5 stars 
Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpugo –  5/5 stars 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon – 3/5 stars
The Golden Swift by Lev Grossman – 3/5 stars
BRILLIANT by by Roddy Doyle – 5/5 stars  
Cool  by Michael Morpugo – 4/5 stars
Public Enemy Number Two by Anthony Horowitz– 5/5 stars  
Arthur Quinn  by Alan Early– 3.5/5 stars

Friday 6 October 2023

There and Back Again - Form 4 Hike

Just a few days shy of International Hobbit Day, a fellowship of High School pupils and staff bid farewell to the suburbs and made their way to the summit of Djouce Mountain, a steep climb off the Wicklow Way trail. This is the first in a series of challenges that pupils in Form 4 must complete as part of the Gaisce/President's Award. Dressed in suitable attire, they formed a long line, silhouetted against the darkening sky. No malevolent wind or low lying cloud could deter this band of happy hikers. All along the dim, misty mountain, the sound of High School voices rang out, telling stories of adventures had and yet to come, dreaming of their journey's end. A chill wind circled the summit while pupils enjoyed a long-expected rest, feasting until the food ran out and it was time to move on once more. One clear voice rising above the others descried the dragon-shaped cumulus cloud heading their way, but Mr Rankin dispelled their fears with one stern look. High spirits soon returned with the promise of a glowing fire and warm, dry beds, and the party of friends set off once again. The challenging descent was over in half the time just as a soft rain began to fall. Weary Wanderers one and all, they bid farewell to the majestic mountain taking the south road home, tired but content to have made it there and back again, just in time for supper.
Michelle Burrowes