Halloween mask by Shakira Reilly.

My mom mead me this mask for Halloween.

She got a few materials such as a tick jumper a black tin delicate cloth and marker. The things you need is a scissors and a bobbin and all the things that’s on the sentences before this sentence. My mom made a few of them but they all came out bad. This was the only one that came out just right. She put the ones that came bad into the bin. I am lucky to get the mask just right because the material was all gone when my mom had done this one. This is how I did my mask. Above are photos of my mask along with one Michael showed me from the Museum of Country Life in Mayo.

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St. John’s day.  By Amanda Freliha.

St. John’s day is  a day we celebrate in Latvia. We celebrate this day for a full day and a full night. 3 men and 3 women light the big fire, and dance around the big fire. We also swing on big swing that two people swing on them.

We dance, men drink, and at night we all gather around the big fire and sing traditional songs. When the sun rises we all go home and sleep for the whole morning. We burn some signs and then throw them in the water. And that’s how we celebrate St. John’s day in Latvia.

People also celebrate St. John’s Eve in Ireland and on the 23rd of June you will see bonfires from Cork City to Mayo and Donegal. It is also celebrated with bonfires in Northern Spain, in particular Galicia and Asturias.


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Halloween by Ciara Stokes

My mam told me that for Halloween, they would cut a dress into rags and then get another dress and stick the rags to the dress with fabric glue. She said the boys would cut a pair of jeans and a top and wear it. They would go around the neighbourhood and knock on people’s doors and they had to trick them to get sweets. The would tell jokes and they would get lots of sweets. My dad told me that they would get duvet sheets and cut eyes, nose and a mouth and they would decorate them with stamps and stickers. They went trick or treating from 6:30 to 7 o’clock in the evening. When they came home they would have a party with music and they would bake buns.

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My  Mam’s Halloween by Tara Carew

My mam told me that on Halloween, they didn’t go  to the shop and buy their costumes, they made them out of plastic bags, sheets anything really. She used buttons, felt, string wool and tinsel. She said they used to go to all their neighbours houses (wearing masks so you couldn’t tell who was who ) preforming tricks to get treats. She said that at night every Halloween, they went out and did things to their neighbours houses. My mam and my granddad used to swap gates with their friends. She said that they used to rings ,keys ,money and a piece of felt. Rings meant you were going to get married, a key meant you were getting a new house money meant you were going to be rich and felt meant you would have a good life. Then the whole neighbourhood would gather at a bonfire, but the said bonefire

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Our Local Fort by Taibat Lawal

One day I went to the fort in the paddocks with my class and teacher. We were really excited. Michael fortune told us about the fort. We went inside it was really cool and we saw a frog. Some people were scared. Mitchell in my class took loads of pictures of it. Michael told us that he once heard that people believed that fairies lived here. Some of us actually believed the story. After that we went to the stones and took some great photos. Michael told us that if you built a house in the middle of two forts that while fairies are trying to get to the next fort across they would get stuck in your house and move things around. We saw a big fort while we were walking and asked Michael if we could go in he said yes. There were loads of thorns and nettles. Michael also told us that forts were called Rath. He said that some dug up the ground and made into a hill and lived under it. He said people made tunnels underground and lived there. He also said people believed that fairies were the same size as leprecuns. That’s why if you go to the paddocks they didn’t build houses that close to the Rath. It still stands this day.


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Hugh De Lacy by Beatrice Obinyan

Hugh De Lacy, Lord of Meath 1172-1186.Hugh De Lacy was the fifth Baron Lacy. The family received its name from its original seat at Lassy in Normandy. The principal estates of the Lacy family were in the West Midlands of England and along the West Marches. His contemporary, Giraldus, describes Hugh de Lacy as follows:  a swarthy man with small, black deep-set eyes, a flat nose, an ugly scar on his right cheek caused by a burn, a short neck and a hairy sinewy body. He was very covetous, and immoderately ambitious of honour and renowned. Hugh De Lacy laid the foundation for the town of Navan, the town in which I now live.

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Rathmore Castle by Beatrice Obinyan

In the 15th century the head of the family was Sir Christopher Cruys and he owned Rathmore, Moydorragh and Cruicetown Castles and estates. He married late in life and was very happy with his young wife, but his nephews (who lived at nearby Robertown castle were very angry as they had expected to inherit all his property. So they planned to murder them one evening as the husband and wife were walking up the long straight avenue by Cruicetown Lake to the castle on their return from a few hours visit to a nearby Moydorragh Castle. When attacked, Sir Christopher ordered his wife to run to the castle for help while he stood with his back to a tree and fought the ruffians with a sword till he fell riddled with wounds.

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My Story by Geoffrey Akinduro

Every year me and my family go to church and celebrate the new year. It is very fun because we dance and have drinks and food. Usually we have a dance at the end. Everyone [Including children] dance and it is very fun. I am not Catholic. I’m Protestant I think. The church gives us children capri-sun and cookies. The church is somewhere in Dublin. My family dressed fancy.

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Christmas pudding By Amelia Deane

First week in December my mam gets all the ingredients for making

Are family Christmas pudding. That evening we place all the ingredients on the table and get a large bowl. all of us gather around

The table to mix the ingredients each person having a stir and making a wish.

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