In Phase 1 of the project there were 12 SCHOOLS

6 in Ireland, 6 in Northern Ireland

Northampton National School

Kinvara, Co. Galway

Teacher: Shane McDonagh

Prior to the project, children in Northampton NS had completed projects about the Titanic and WW1. They extended this research by connecting it with family history and unearthed exciting artefacts and stories from the era, discovering local and familial links to many of the major events and conflicts of the era including the sinking of Lusitania.



Dungannon, Co. Tyrone

Teacher: Siobhán Coleman

The children from Laghey PS were interested in social history: transport, clothing, school-life –and WW1: relatives and countries involved in the conflict. They visited a local graveyard and the site of the old Laghey school and on a memorable trip to a local National Trust property, they experienced aspects of a child’s life in the 1912-1922 era.


Dublin 10

Teacher: Gemma Kenny

In Inchicore NS, a questionnaire sparked lots of research into social history, transport and particularly the local CIE works. Old school roll books provided another valuable resource. The children were inspired by a local historian and furthered their research with trips to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Glasnevin Cemetery and Kilmainham Gaol.

Hazelwood Integrated PS

Hazelwood Integrated PS


Teacher: David Burgess

The children researched the suffragette movement during the era. As well as learning about the more famous figures such as Emily Davison, the children looked at the activities of local activists –one of the children even had a relative who was a suffragette. The class were also interested in the wider social and political history in Northern Ireland –Titanic, WW1 and the formation of Northern Ireland.


Lisnafunchin National School

Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

Teacher: Conor Doyle

The children and teacher investigated local and family history and uncovered fascinating stories about a pioneer aviator from the area, brothers involved in WW1, a relative who wasn’t allowed on the Titanic, A local historian brought in artefacts from the time and supported their research, discovering in the process that a boy in the class had a Great Aunt who was the first woman to drive an armoured car.


Gaelscoil na bhFàl

Falls Road, Belfast

Teachers: Catherine McParland & Úna Herron

Family trees unlocked the 1911 Census for children in the Gaelscoil and the children used it to investigate housing conditions and occupations. As an h language school, the children were also interested in what language people spoke in their area at that time. Old photos of Belfast supported the research and brought the era to life for the children.


Nicker National School

Old Pallas, Co. Limerick

Teacher: Siobhán English

The children from Nicker NS had a wealth of research about relatives and local figures. This included tales of a military funeral for a woman, a Great Aunt shot as an informer in Poland, a Titanic love story, an Olympic hammer thrower, a family shoe shop, a Mayo Granny’s bicycle and lots and lots of stories about the Easter Rising and the War of Independence.


Holy Rosary Primary School


Teacher: Sarah Campbell

A timeline gave children from Holy Rosary PS an overview of events from the 1912-1922 era and they used it to generate areas of research. The children were interested in social history: transport (including the Titanic), clothing, housing, popular music, food and crime –particularly Crumlin Road Gaol. The class also participated in a music project in the school where they learned playground games, songs and rhymes from the time.


Annsborough Integrated PS

Castlewellan, Co. Down

Teacher: Lynda Brown

Children in Annsborough had already learned a lot about WW1 before their involvement in this project and they continued to develop their understanding by looking at war poetry from the time. They were interested in family trees and social history -including a local linen mill and reading room -and in finding ways to connect their local area to the bigger events that they knew about.


St Joseph's Boys National School

Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan

Teacher: Linda O’Sullivan

The boys from St Joseph’s were interested in stories about the War of Independence and WW1: relatives who were involved in the conflict, refugees who came to the area. They also looked at old photographs of Carrickmacross and Co. Monaghan to identify changes over time and investigated related social history. Because there were so many children whose ancestors were in different parts of the world at that time, the boys were also developing a global perspective on the 1912-1922 era.


Glenwood Primary School

Shankill Road, Belfast

Teacher: Kathryn Connolly

A local historian supported the teacher in the project, anchoring the work in the locale by allowing the children to have a wide range of experiences connected to the time period. They looked at old photos, identifying changes over time, visited local landmarks including WW1 graves and memorials, handled WW1 artefacts from the time and also learned about social history in their area.


St Brigid's National School

Haddington Road, Dublin 4

Teacher: Natalie Leyden

The teacher and children considered various ideas and chose the 1913 Lockout as their area of investigation. The girls delved into the topic, using websites and books to draw out the various threads. Their focus turned to the children of the Lockout, particularly the story about the children who were sent to England during the strike. Local historians supported their research and they also visited a local barracks.