Ireland work

If you could travel back in time, what questions would you ask Eamon de Valera?
What was it like to grow up at your grandparents’ house?

What were your feelings, when you were sentenced to death?

What was the time in prison like?

What were your reasons to fight for the independence?

What was it like to have the responsibility for a whole nation?

What do you think of  Michael Collins?

Were you proud of what you had done for the Irish?

What is it like to know that you were an important person for the Irish Republic?


The robbings:

The robbers looted the shops at night because the roozers had hidden themselves away and so it was save.

They welcomed the new Republic and so they weren’t scared of the consequences.

The Volunteers were shocked of them and wanted to shot at them.                        ->”They’re Irish shops they are robbing” , ” It’s all Irish property”

Michael Conolly stopped them because there were 3 different entries:

1st: the Revolution, which will go on, if nothing happens.

2nd: a counter-revolution by Henry and others

3rd: a Civil War by the other “poor”.

So the robbers were taken of the street by some sqads and it was over.

Eamon de Valera was born in Manhattan, New York, on 14th October 1882. His mother decided that her son would be better off at home in Ireland. So she sent him to be reared by his grandmother. He joined the Volunteers in 1913. He was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising. He was sentenced to death after he surrendered, but was later commuted to life in prison. In 1917 he was released under an amnesty. After that he was rearrested and sent to prison in England next year. In 1919 he could escaped because of a key smuggled to him in a cake. He escaped to the USA where he collected 6 Mio. Dollars for Irish independency. In 1921 he went back to Ireland, going on to London, to negotiate with British Prime Minister Lloyd George about the Irish independency. In 1922 the bloody Irish civil war started. De Valera was arrested in Ennis on 15 August 1923 and not released until July 1924.

In May 1926 at a meeting in Dublin, de Valera founded a new political party called Fianna Fail. When de Valera and his fellow Fianna Fail deputies arrived at Leinster House, they were refused permission to take their seats unless they first took the oath. They then retired. Later his Party won the election in Ireland and he was declared President in 1950. He received many visitors including Presidents Charles de Gaulle and John Kennedy. He was re-elected President in 1966 at the age of 83. He received honorary degrees from universities in Ireland and abroad. After 14 years as president (the longest time allowed), he retired from office in June 1973.

Eamon de Valera died on 29 August 1975 at the age of ninety-two. He was buried in Glasnevin cemetery after a state funeral.


When I was a child I would look at my father, the thinning hair, the

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collapsing teeth, and wonder why anyone would give money for a head

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like that. When I was thirteen my father’s mother told me a secret: as a


wee lad your poor father was dropped on his head. It was an accident,

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he was never the same after, and you must remember that people

dropped on their heads can be a bit peculiar.


Alliteration: sound device, musical effect

Anaphora: emphasis

Hyperbole: used for exaggeration, to attract the reader´s attention, to emphasize statements

Assonance: musical effect

Enumeration: adjectives devalue the nouns

Put you knowledge to the test.

1. The adress of their first home is Silver Alley No. 57. They feel privileged because they had a good working window, space and everything they needed. Also they had it to themselves and never had so much before.

2.The nun wants Victor and Henry not to go into the school because they are poor and seem to be strangers.Henry, who never learns to talk respectfully with a nun, can’t understand why he should call a stranger ”mother”. He’s not beliving in god, he does not know that christian title. His parents never told him that. Henry hitting the nun with the wooden leg of his father, which he’s carrying with him all the time. The two boys escape from the school.

3.His stories kept him going. He was a poor man and the stories gave himself a life. He filled the whole with many lives. Dolly Oblong invents herself new many time and that’s the connection between the two.

4.When Henry was born Henry and Melody had a very happy moment together. They had enough to eat and a healthy baby.

5. At Henry’s birth she put newspaper on the matress to save it. Then she realized that she likes to read.

7.The father told them to laugh and they did. Then they walked behind a big bush which was a secret opening to the underground of Dublin. So they could walk through the tunnels and managed to escape.

8. She smells of powder and her breathing smells of peppermint, which Henry likes very much.

9. They give the man what they want and so their very pleased and friendly. It’s good beacause the money, the man spend, will also be spended by the girls and that makes more money.

10.Father Smart likes her scent, she’s a leader, a genius and he also loves her lips and teeth.

11. Henry was born Oktober 8 ,1901.

12.He was a healthy,good-sized baby and glowed guaranted life. The women had never seen that before.

13.He was a great big man and his body had a sharpness that was quickly understood. He was incorruptible, polite and agile. He went over the top after the dicussion with Melody about Henry’s name. He was upset and no one got past him.

14.He deliver the message:” Alfie Gandon says Hello.”

15. He throw them in the rivers Tolka or Liffey, or he fed them to pigs of a farm. But he never sent a hole body in one river because it had been to risky.

16. He was free and independent. He did what he wanted to do, without rules.

17.King Edward V|| visit Dublin in the summer of 1907

18.They told him to fuck off.

19.Henry fought with the police in front of the bothel. He escaped from his coat and could get away.

20. Because Victor and Henry knew how to survive on the streets of Dublin. They mangae it all on their own.

21. They accepted that their live won’t be better. The could survive but never take a step forward.

Before the famine the life was hard but okay. Since 1541 Ireland was owned by English landlords. The Irish had to pay a lot of cutbacks, that they were allowed to use the fields. The Irish had not much to live. That is because the Irish farmers grew the cheapest, easiest and most substantial crop they could under these circumstances, the potato.

Potato was the staple food for them.

The time became worse because of the population

1660 → ca 500.000 people

1841 → ca 8.100.000 people

In this time there were shortages of work places and also not enough food for everybody.

1845 the potato crop in Ireland was destroyed because of a fungus that had traveled from Mexico to Ireland. The potato was the main food source and as a result of the mass of rottenness, hundreds of thousand people starved to death. About 1.5 million of the survivors emigrated to America, Canada and Australia and Ireland lost one-third of its population.
There were ships which transported the people. These ships were old, had a bad equipment and diseases and plaques were diffused. Some had previously served as slave ships. They only continued in service because of the emergency. There was no sanitation, and passengers had to survive on only the barest rations. A lot of people died during the passage.

“Thousands of the children of the Gael were lost on this island while fleeing from foreign tyrannical laws and an artificial famine in the years 1847–48. God bless them. God save Ireland!”

Those who survives the passage were in the bottom social class. They had to work very hard when they want to survive. The earnings were humble.
1901 was the lowest population with 3.5 million people. More and more people emigrated.

Another outcome was the downfall of the Irish language. Only 4 million peole spoke Gaelic in 1841. That were people from the bottom special class which died because of the famine.
-1851: 25% of the Irish who spoke Gealic
The children should learn English so that they have no problems with the communication. Also old songs, dances and customs were forgotten by the time.


All in all the famine was a sad story of death and emigration. We think that it was very cruel of the English landlords that they took the food even if the people were starving. It’s understandable that the Irish had angry feelings for them. The living standards were very bad like in other countries but as a height in Ireland the famine took place.


Listen to Sting`s song History will Teach us Nothing and try to connect the lyrics to Irish history.

The first strophe deals with the Irish population. Sting use a boat as a metapher. In this metapher the emotions are the sail and the blind faith is the mast.  He comes to the conclusion that the population can’t get nowhere fast without a breath of real freedom.

In the second strophe he use a metapher again. He names God’s voice as a voice of reason because the Irish are very catholic.

In the refrain he say that ” sooner or later, the history will teach them nothing.”

The third strophe tells from the history. It explains it like a “catalogue of crime”.

In the fourth strophe he tells from the brutal fights in the history. The “blodness battles” and the “blowing up his chlidren will prove them right”.  It describes the fights between the Irish.

At the end the text “know your human rigths, be what you come here for” are repeat 3 times.


  • “without a breath of real freedom, we’re getting nowhere fast.”    -> because they’re very religious (most catholics) they can’t change something.
  • “Our written History is a catalogue of crime”  -> the Irish fight against the Vikinks, the Celtics, the Spanisch and others. Many people died.
  • “The constant fear of scarcity,aggression as its child.” ->The people we’re afraid of their future and of another famine or something like that.
  • “Convince an enemy , that he’s wrong.” -> Northern and South Ireland fight against each other.
  • “know your human rights, be what you come here for.” -> the hearer should change his life and use his rights, against the slavery.
  • All in all the people didn’t learn from their history and that means the refain: “History will teach us nothing”.

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