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6th Class visit the Oireachtas (Recount Writing)

On the 23rd of October, both of the sixth classes from St. Kevin’s went to the Oireachtas (Irish government buildings). We were invited by Simon Harris, our local TD to visit, which Mr. McNeice and Mr. Flynn had arranged.

We left the school at 9am and walked to the DART station. We got the 9.30am DART to Pearse Street Station and walked from there to the Oireachtas which took about 10 minutes.

When we arrived at the Oireachtas, we met Simon Harris’ assistant Stephanie. We walked through a side entrance of the building and left our bags in the cloak room. We were led upstairs to watch a debate on the water charges in the Dáil. We stayed there for a few minutes before joining our tour guide, David, to see portraits of our former Taoiseachs. David talked about the portraits and explained about the Dáil visitor book which many famous people have signed. He brought us down a hallway which had portraits of former Ceann Comhairles (Dáil) and Cathaoirleachs (Seanad) and then outside the Seanád, showed us pictures of the Fitzgerald family who used to live in Leinster House.

We were brought to the Seanad where we observed a vote on a topic that had been decided earlier in the Dáil. The end result was Tá-15 votes to Níl- 18votes. David then brought us out of the Seanád and showed us the flag of Ireland prior to the tri-colour we now have (Green, White and Orange).

We left the building and Simon Harris came down to meet us. We got a picture with him, which he later shared on his social media. After meeting Simon, we walked back to the DART station and travelled back to school.

We had a great day at the Oireachtas and learnt a lot. I liked going to the Dáil and watching the debate because you see it on TV a lot and it was interesting to see it in action. It was also very informative, witnessing the Seanad vote and learning about the history of Leinster House. Simon Harris was really nice and it was funny when he explained that he was previously in St. Kevin’s and had Ms. Lawlor in 6th class.

By Holly Jacob

6th Class

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A Visit to the National Gallery!

Ms. Murtagh’s class were very lucky to visit the National Gallery of Ireland this month.

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We had been studying the work of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and got to see one of his paintings on display in the gallery. It was “Still Life With A Mandolin”. We thought it was brilliant! Some other paintings we saw on the day were “Grief” by Irish artist Jack B.Yeats , “The Village School” by Dutch artist Jan Steen, “The Taking of Christ” by Italian artist Michelangelo Caravaggio, “The Opening of the Sixth Seal” by Irish artist Francis Danby and “The Annunciation” by French artist Jacques Yverni.

We all had a great day and a big thank you to Kate and Kim for coming with us!