World War II

posted 5 Jun 2012, 02:43 by Jan Kiernan   [ updated 5 Jun 2012, 07:38 ]
We have been studying World War 2 in sixth class recently.we learned about some of the key events of the war, what countries were involved and how it affected life in Ireland. We were lucky enough to hear first hand from Frank O Reilly how the war impacted on Ireland even though we were a neutral country.
Here are some of the interesting facts we learned from our talk with Frank.

·       Ireland spent loads of money on precautions that were never used.

·       There were Air Raid shelters built in Patrick Street but they were never used.

·       Mines were laid on the floor of Cork Harbour so no foreign submarines could invade.

·       People were told to wear their gas masks when they went outdoors, but they never did.

·       They never used their gas masks.

·       People were encouraged to use allotments to grow their own food, because food was rationed.

        Irish people went without luxury items like oranges because the war impacted on shipping and transportation.

·       Many Irish people got jobs while the British were at war.

·       Children all over Ireland were left without their fathers because of them being away at war and doing their jobs in England.

·       The Germans had a massive battleship that some people said would win the war for them.

·       The British sunk this ship in a huge battle.