2014-2015 Archive

P7 Trip to the Ulster American Folk and Transport Museum

Primary Seven enjoyed their visit to Omagh this
week to conclude their detailed study of the Irish Famine.

The children heard much of the poverty and famine conditions as well as seeing
the harsh living conditions in the 1800's.

The guide explained how traumatic the crossing to America would have been with
such cramped space below deck. It's hard to believe that 8 - 12 weeks could
have been spent crossing the Atlantic in a sailing ship whereas today we expect
a similar crossing to pass within hours on a luxurious aeroplane whilst
snacking and perhaps watching a movie. We have no idea how bored our ancestors}
would have felt on such a sailing to say nothing of how frightened they would
have felt during violent sea storms.

After the sailing we arrived State side and saw the log cabins and ranch
fencing as well as experiencing some delicious corn bread made from the maize
crop.

All in all, this fabulous visit brought the whole topic to life and
complemented the classroom studies perfectly.