In October 2014 5th and 6th class went to Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff to learn more about World War 1. We were greeted by our tour guide, Michael who brought us up to the presentation room.
We were seated and given letters to read and medals from people who fought in World War 1. We were shown a presentation of Ireland’s wish for home Rule and Freedom. We were also shown letters that the English King sent over to families who lost a relation in the war.
Then we went downstairs and were shown clothes that the soldiers wore during the war. Michael told us that soldiers as young as 12? Joined the war. We then went into a small room and were shown weapons that were found in battlefields. We got a book that taught us what to do if there was a gas attack.
Then we went outside and were handed gas masks. We were told that there would be a bell rung for the gas attack. We then walked into the trenches. We were told it was the longest trench in Europe? We walked through the trenches and were taught what the soldiers had to go through. We also saw the battlefields with the barbed wire.
We got a great insight of life in World War 1.
By Cody and Courtney , 5th and 6th.