Local history project by pupils of St. Patrick's B.N.S, Castlebar


How did our grandparents go to school?


My nanny and Grandad walked to school in their feet. There was no roads only cart tracks. They took turf to school on their turns. They lived on a farm.

(Eric, aged 6)


How did we find out so much about our grandparents' work in the hat factory?  

We asked them lots and lots of questions. Our teacher helped by giving us a questionnaire which helped us to know what questions to ask.


Click here to see the questionnaire we used.

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How did they kill the pigs in Castlebar Bacon factory? The pigs were killed in the bacon factory by hanging them on chains and dropping them into boiling hot water.

Find out more about the bacon factory by clicking here.