The medal on the left above (green, orange and black ribbon) is the Truce Commemoration Medal awarded to veterans still alive on June 11, 1971 which was the Jubilee of the 1921 truce.
The medal on the right is the Service (1917 – 21) Medal. This medal was awarded in two classes:
(a) Medal with bar to persons who are in possession of a military service certificate entitling them to a pension under the Military Service Pensions Acts in respect of active service in the period subsequent to 1916 and prior to 11 July 1921 and to those persons not in possession of a certificate who satisfy the Minister for Defence that had they applied for a pension, their service was such as would have merited the award of a pension.
(b) Medal without bar to persons who were members of Óglaigh na hÉireann (Irish Republican Army), Fianna Éireann, Cumann na mBan or the Irish Citizen Army for the three months ending on 11 July 1921.
During the early 1970s when DeValera was president, he invited veterans to apply for these medals and pensions, by listing their activities and referencing their contemporaries as proof.
Many thousands were awarded medals and pensions during this time. Below is the account of Dan Moran from Derryvohey, Craggagh (Mr Charlton’s grandfather) who was also awarded his medals in 1971.
This was an amazing time in Irish history and our area is no exception. There’s loads to explore and we’ll publish what we find here.
If you have anything relating to this period of history, especially if it relates to our locality, please get in touch. We love local history, especially if we can use primary sources.
We’d love oral stories, written records, photographs, medals, membership books, oath cards etc.
We had some absolutely fantastic entries for our paper plane competition today. We saw a great range of designs from students right throughout the school.
Our longest flight was recorded at 11m 30cm by Oisín in 4th class, making him the Senior Room winner. TJ recorded the longest flight in the middle room with 9m 58cm and Saoirse was the Junior Room winner with a very impressive 9m.
There was some brilliant learning throughout the week as children tested and tweaked their designs aiming for the longest flight time possible. We noticed today that some of the planes that flew furthest had small bodies with wide wings which were folded along the edge, with a very pointy tip. The people with this type of design didn’t have to throw their planes very hard as they glided very well (i.e. they had good lift).
Oisín’s plane however, was very narrow all over, much like the supersonic Concord aeroplanes. This allowed Oisín to fling his plane very hard (thrust) which is where he found his amazing distance.
Congratulations to everybody who took part, what a great way to end #ScienceWeek2015!
Today’s Science lesson was an investigation into how air moves when heated and cooled.
We started the lesson by making snake spirals. We drew a spiral and decorated it with snake patterns.
We cut out the snakes and attached string.
We discovered that when we held our snakes over the radiator, the snakes began to rotate.
This was due to the hot air rising from the radiator. We did some research and learned that hot air is lighter than cold air. So hot air rises and cold air comes in to take its place. This causes air currents called convection currents.
The air above the radiator is warm air which rises to make the snake swirl.
Now we know why Mr Charlton’s and Miss Moore’s rooms upstairs are always warmer than ours!
Day three of Science Week 2015 in Craggagh NS involved magnets and dancing paperclips!
Today we tested the strength of magnets. We investigated how magnetic pull worked over varying distances.
We used squared paper to help measure the distance of the magnet’s pull.
To make a fair test, each group used the same type of magnet and similar magentic objects.
Our next step was to investigate the effect that a barrier had on the strength of the magnet.
We discovered that a thin piece of plastic had very little effect on the magnet’s pull, so we introduced a more substantial barrier. We placed paperclips on our desks and tested how the magnet worked from under the desk.
We found that while the magnet was not strong enough to move the paperclip very far, it did make the paperclip move from side to side. We thought it looked like the paperclip was dancing!
The boys of 3rd and 4th classes will participate in the local Futsal competition to be held in Breaffy House Sports Centre on November 24th. Our boys have been drawn in Group A which will see them pitted against Breaffy NS, St Pats NS (Castlebar) and Snugboro NS.
The top team from this group will qualify for the County Finals.
ROUND 1 Group A Fixtures
St Pats 2
St Pats 2
St Pats 2
Win = 3 points, Draw = 1 point
What is Futsal?
Futsal is the official FIFA version of indoor soccer and the only internationally recognised small sided game. The word “Futsal” comes from the Portuguese phrase “futebol de salao” or the Spanish, “futbol de sala” which basically translates to indoor football. The main feature of the game is the ball which is a size 4 and is slightly weighted with a reduced bounce.
The ball and rules create an emphases on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as refining ball control, passing and dribbling in small spaces.