5th class trip to the Jeannie Johnson Famine Ship

5th class trip to the Jeannie Johnson Famine Ship

5th class children have been learning about An Gorta Mór, The Great Famine, which happened in Ireland during 1845 – 1849. The children recently visited the Jeannie Johnson Famine ship located at Custom House Quay, Dublin. Some children from Ms Jenkins’ class wrote recounts of the trip. These a re located below. Please enjoy reading them.


Lauren White: On the 5th of February All 5th class went to The Jeannie Johnston in Town Dublin one. We left school at halve nine. On the bus Ms.Jenkins class sat downstairs Ms.Maye’s and Ms.Canavan’s sat upstairs. Then we arrived in Town at the Jeannie Johnston replica it was designed the very same as the actual ship and met Gerold are tourist. We walked up on the slippy boarding  plank. The actual ship sunk. We talked up on the deck for a while and we went down stairs where we saw some of the passengers witch were fake but very realistic they had some very interesting facts Like Margret Reilly. Daniel Conwell and Nickolas Reilly which was really Margret’s son. It was very interesting to learn about the all passengers. Thirdly I also learned many new words like Chain-migration , Assisted migration and migration. Also we got to look around and take pictures and the teachers learned a few facts as well. After that we went sightseeing we seen nurses protesting for more nurses for the disabled and sick people. Finally we came back to the school and said Thank you to the bus driver then we went home. I thought it was a cool, fun day and we should definitely bring next fifth class.

Tori Quinn: The past few weeks we have been learning about The Great Famine. So today the 5th of February we went on a trip into town to see the Jeannie Johnston. We had a guider. He brought us down underneath the boat, there were mannequins that looked real. They showed us what the people actually looked like back then. The boat held at least 200 people at a time. I learned that when you were underneath the boat you weren’t allowed up on board to empty the bucket you went to the toilet in. You had to bring your own blanket if you wanted to stay warm on the boat. I really enjoyed it today and would love to come back. Thanks to all the 5th class teachers for bringing us.

Rebecca Murray: On Tuesday the 5th of February fifth class went into town to see the Jeanie Johnston. When we got there it was raining, we got off the bus. We lined up to cross the road, we waited to be taking on to the ship the stairs were really steep. Then the man asked us some questions about the Famine then he took us down to the bottom of the Jeanie Johnston. We saw a lot of mannequin’s the man told us lots of interesting stories and answer some questions. Then we went back to deck and the man told us that the Jeanie Johnston was the ship that nobody died on. Lastly he told us that in 1858 the ship sank and it had the captain, his wife, the captain’s kids and the crew on it and they were holding on to masts for nine days and on the ninth day somebody on the Sophia Elizabeth noticed them and they and helped them down. Then we got off and the other group got on. We sat on the bus and ate our lunch and went to the toilet if we needed to then the other group got back on the bus. I thought the was really interesting.

Josh Bracken: On the 5th February 5th class went to the Jeannie Johnston. First we waited for the bus it came at half nine. When we got on the bus I sat beside Darragh, David and Scott. When we got there we got split into two groups. My group went first while we were on the ship the other group went sight-seeing. When we got on the ship the man told us a lot of fact and information about the Jeannie Johnston and the Famine. Then after we went under the deck. There was a lot of mannequins. Then the man told us some stories like that no one ever died on the Jeannie Johnston after it was the other groups turn so we went sight seeing. We went down O’Connell street and seen some statues. It was great.

Thank you for reading our recounts. Until our next trip, Goodbye.

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