On Tuesday 1st June 3rd, 4th & 5th classes went on their school tour to Dublin Zoo.

 

We left on the 7am train. We had two carriages reserved just for us! The train journey took 3 hours.  It was very noisey!

When we arrived in Dublin we got a double-decker bus to the zoo. Some people had to get taxis.

When we arrived at Dublin Zoo we got into our groups.  Then we went to the City Farm. Some of us milked a fake cow. When we squeezed the udders water came out! There was a wishing chair.  The lambs licked some people. We saw a pig that looked like Babe!! When we were leaving the City Farm we saw Squirrel Monkeys.

Next we went to the Reptile House. We saw a Chameleon, a tarantula, a python, turtles and crocodiles.

The Meerkat Restaurant was our next stop. We had a lovely hot lunch. We saw Meerksta outside the window.  Meerkat means ‘lake cat’ as they often live near water.

We were lucky to be in time for the Sea Lion Feeding time.  Danny was a big sea lion who was blind in one eye. There were 3 smaller sea lions as well.  We saw them doing exercises. They were all able to close their doors themselves as well!

We also saw the penguins being fed. Penguins can swim at speeds of 40kmph.  They shed their feathers every year.

We then went to visit the African Plains. We saw giraffes, ostriches, hippos, rhinos, zebras and oryx. Oryx can live without drinking water for months! We had great fun in the playground.

We went on the elephant trail then to see the asian elephants. The elephants we inside eating. There was a baby elephant putting his trunk into a hole in the wall.

When we went to the gorilla’s enclosure there was a baby gorilla and a big gorilla fighting. The big gorilla was banging on his chest. There was not a lot of glass to see in because gorillas like their privacy.

We saw Bornean orang-utans, Sumatran tigers, South American Rainbow Parakeets, an artic fox and a snowy owl from Greenland. There are only 300 Sumatran tigers left in the world.

Before we left the zoo we spent our money in the gift shop. We bought teddy-bears, slinkys, key chains, dream catchers, snow globes and lots more!

We saw the Spire on O’Connell Street from the bus.

We had great fun on the train on the way home. It was a great day!

 

We went to number 29 Merrion Square. It is an old georgian house renovated by the ESB. We watched a dvd about the Beatie family who first lived in the house. We were split up into 3 groups. We started in the basement where three servants worked a housekeeper, a butler and a maid. The housekeeper had the keys to most of the rooms. In the pantry there was a high shelf attached to the ceiling so that rats and servants did not steal food. The housekeeper was the only servant who lived in the house. The others went home at night. The ground floor of the house had a petticoat mirror and a whiskey rail. We went into a dining room. They ate there meals there. They had 22 courses. Their favourite desserts was jelly. It took 2-3 days to make it. There was a round mirror for summoning the servants when needed. On the second floor there was a visitors room and a family room where the family spent their evenings. The women wore make-up made from the wax of candles, so they had to put a screen in front of their faces to stop the fire from melting their make-up. All the young ladies had to play an instrument the most popular instrument was the piano forte. On the 3rd floor was the mistresses room or the boudoir. This is where she got dressed and spent most of her day. She didn’t sleep there. She sleeps in the bedroom with her husband. The bedroom is on the 3rd floor as well. They have a big four poster bed. It was’nt very long though. The reason for that was because they thought if you laid down you died. A joining the bedroom was a room for the man to wash, dress and shave. It was also used to keep shoes. The port-au-potte was a toilet. They only took two baths a year. On the 4th floor there was a nursery. The nursery was where the children played, slept and ate. The girls and boys both wore dresses and grew their hair long. They had a dolls house and collected small furniture for it. The governess had a room to herself. The governess took care of the children and taught them. There are 88 stairs in the whole house. When the tour was over we went down to the giftshop. It was a very nice place to visit and we learned alot.

On the 26th of January 2010, 5th class went to Dublin on the 7 o’clock train. We were visiting the Irish Aid Centre on O’Connell Street. First we went to Trinity College where we visited the Book of Kells. After the visit we went to the gift shop and we had small break by the lawn. Then we walked to the Irish Aid Centre. Around lunch time we walked to Supermacs. We all had a choice between a double burger and a chicken snack box meal. After lunch we walked to O’Connell Bridge and got the number 7 bus to Marion Street where we visited an old georgian house number 29. We took the bus back to O’Connell bridge. We walked to Pennys and we did some shopping in Pennys and Easons. We headed back to the train staition where we got some sweets, coffee, or milkshakes. We got on the train and were home at 10pm.

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On the 26th of January we went to Dublin. We went to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. First of all we read about the history of the book of Kells. We learnt that they used calf skin for paper and it took 185 calves skins to complete the book. Today wew can take paint out of a tube and start to paint but back then they collected paint from different stones and rocks. They collected stones and rocks from all over the world. The book of Kells was made up of two books. The first book was written with small illustrations down the side and the second was full of illustrations. Nobody is sure if the same person made both books or just one. The book of Kells is made up from stories from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The book of Kells was written in old Irish. It took years of careful detail to complete, but they also made some mistakes as well. Because of the ink they used the book is kept in a dark room because it would fade in sunlight. We found the book very intresting.