World War 1 Project

In 2015 the Senior Room worked on a project about World War 1 in conjunction with Ballinasloe World War 1 Heritage Group. Read all about our work here.

Clontuskert students represented the school at the Ballinasloe Heritage Group World War One Memorial Night in Gullane’s in Ballinasloe in May 2015. It was an amazing night and the ballroom was packed with people who came to learn more about World War One and how it affected the people of Ballinasloe and Galway. We were delighted to see so many parents and community members from Clontuskert who came to support.

The projects on display were of a very high standard and we were humbled and delighted to be announced overall winners. The school received a beautiful plaque and a voucher for €100. Thank you to all the members of Ballinasloe Heritage Group for organising such a wonderful project and congratulations on the success of the night. Check out some photos from the night and keep scrolling down to read more about our project.

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Timeline of Clontuskert’s World War One Project:

We were very busy working on a project on World War One over the past few weeks. We researched the topic using books Mrs. Murray’s mother; Mary O’ Connell, lent us and interviewing our families to see what connections our families had to the Great War.
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On the 26th March Douglas Rafter, Gerry Devlin and Frank Kelly came to the school to do a workshop on World War One with us. They are members of Balliansloe Heritage Group and Gerry runs the Ballinasloe World War One Facebook page.
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We worked on our research on the Surface RTs and then shared it to a common file on One Drive. Then we were easily able to edit the information. Next we used an Office Sway to bring all of our project together. We loved using Sway. It is so easy to use and gives suggestions for photographs, videos and artefacts that can be included in the Sway. Best of all, the suggestions are all under a Creative Commons licence so they can be used for education. This makes everything so much easier and means that we are being responsible digital citizens. What we loved the most though is how the finished Sway looks. Check it out here.

We put together a poster presentation for the 29th of May. All of the schools in Ballinasloe were invited into Gullane’s Hotel in Ballinasloe to display their work. We were very excited about this and the opportunity to learn from the other students involved. It was open to the public and all of the students really enjoyed the night.

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Coleman Shaughnessy and Joe Loughnane of Loughrea Memorial Group and Kieran Shaughnessy; Chief Librarian in Ballinasloe came to visit us to see our work and ask us questions about our project. We did a presentation for them with our Sway.