National Schools Programme - Jan-April Annually
Deilg Inis Living History Theatre Company portrays characters from early Christian through Viking to Medieval and Victorian times. The defensive features of a medieval Town House/Castle are illustrated. The Murder Hole is activated theatrically and participation by the students is encouraged. One of the Archers who defended the Castle from the notorious O’Byrnes and O’Tooles of Wicklow demonstrates the use of the longbow. The history of the area and social customs of the time are animated in a colourful, engaging and memorable manner.
The performance is concluded with the King of Dalkey presenting a personalised scroll to each student as a memento of his/her visit.
1. Early ChristianStudents will be introduced to Saint Begnet, in the ruins of the tenth century Church that bears her name. She extols the virtues of holding firm to your beliefs in the face of life’s difficulties, and following a path that serves the greater good of the community.
2. Viking Era(a) They will meet Olaf, The Peacock; Gulam, his brother, and an escaped Irish slave (or thrall). Students get to experience the plight of an escaped Irish slave from the notorious Viking slave trading station at Dalkey Island. Dalkey was centre of the world’s slave-trade at that time. He is hunted down by armed Vikings to Begnet’s Church. His life hangs on a thread while he pleads for his life.
(b): Sitric the Viking Coin-Minter (based on the Dalkey Hoard of Viking coins found in Dalkey from 900s now in the British Museum)
Students will see how coinage was first minted in Dublin, and may get an opportunity to mint their own silver pennies, if Sitric is in good humour.
3. Medieval Era: Master CheeversStudents meet Master Cheevers, a medieval merchant, who is known to have traded out of Goat Castle while he lived in sumptuous splendour in nearby Monkstown Castle. He shows his guests around his Castle and allows them to experience the storage and defensive aspects of the fourteenth century fortified Town House.
4. Medieval Era: Rupert the ArcherRupert, the Archer and Keeper of the Keys, will demonstrate his prowess as a defender of Goat Castle. The students will hear him using all the terminology from archery still used in English today: ‘another string to your bow’; ‘keep it under your hat’; ‘brace yourself’ etc. He will bring the Students up into the battlements where enemies are spied and put into the stocks if caught speaking Irish within the Pale.
5. Medieval Era: The Head Cook, BarnabyChildren get to meet Master Cheevers’ Head Cook and see all the preparations that are taking place for a feast that night to honour the local merchants.
6. Victorian Era: Áine, the Quarry-womanChildren meet Aine, a nineteenth century character, whose sad but inspiring story is bound up with the building of the pier in Dun Laoghaire and the coming of the first railway in 1834.
7. Victorian Era: The King Of DalkeyBefore leaveing, each student is granted an audience with the King of Dalkey, who bestows a personalised parchment scroll on every visitor in a ceremony which dates back to the 1790s.
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