On Thursday, October 25th Cróna’s class are going on a Field trip to St Enda’s in Rathfarnham.
In 1910, Patrick Pearse moved St. Enda’s, his radical and innovative school, to the house in Rathfarnham, which now contains the Pearse Museum. He had founded his school two years earlier with the aim of providing education through the Irish language. He also wanted it to be a school, which would inspire his pupils and nurture their individual talents. His new premises came with nearly fifty acres of beautiful parkland at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. Pearse felt that these beautiful surroundings would foster a love of beauty and the natural world in his students.
This exhibition looks at the history of the school from 1908 to 1935. Among the items on display are an authentic St. Enda’s school kilt, the school roll book and several items never previously exhibited to the public. These include a school timetable in Pearse’s own handwriting and a letter written by Sir Roger Casement in Peru in 1911 in which he recalls a visit to St. Enda’s.
The children will explore the attractions including exhibitions, a nature study room with attractive displays on Irish flora and fauna and an audio-visual show titled “This Man Kept a School”.