Rang 6 enjoyed an afternoon in glorious sunshine on a history walk in Tallaght Village today.
If you’d like to learn more about the history of Tallaght Village, we hope to run a similar walk for parents in the near future. Please comment on our Parents Facebook Page if you are interested.
This week our 6th Class learned about the basic history of Tallaght;
– Its mythical origins as a “burial mound” or Tamhlacht;
– Its development as a religious centre in the monastery of St Maelruain and the Archbishop’s Palace, later the Priory;
– Tallaght Castle, built at the same site by the Normans;
– Tallaght’s geographical features, including our proximity to the Dublin Mountains, local rivers such as the Dodder and the Poddle, and our local Tallaght Stream;
– Tallaght as a rural village and surrounding farming communities;
– And Tallaght’s development as a “new town” from the 1960’s on.
6th class have read historical articles and conducted independent research on local history during the week. We looked at online resources such as the South Dublin libraries page on Tallaght, the OSI historical mapping site and the 1901 and 1911 censuses.
Today’s history walk took in the site of the 1867 Battle of Tallaght, the Priory and Tallaght Castle, IT Tallaght and St Maelruain’s Church of Ireland. Well done to all our class who proved themselves great local historians! They are pictured below at two of the statues in the Village, The Victors and The Dancers, as well as in front of the beautiful Autumnal ivy in the grounds of the Priory.