On the 16th of April Ms McCallion's Fourth Class went on a trip to Dublinia. When we got there we met a tour guide named Lloyd. In the first room they had positioned statues to look like they were having a Viking burial. The Vikings were pagan which means that they didn’t believe in God, but they did believe in other gods like Odin, Thor and Freya. They also believed that when you died you were sent to the afterlife and that when you got there you would fight all day. This meant that you had to be buried with a sword and at night time you would all sit in a big great hall and eat a feast!
The Vikings used to buy and sell slaves on Dalkey Island. After Fourth Class had explored the first floor we went upstairs where we started to learn about the Normans. In one of the rooms there was an Anglo Saxon market which included a barber surgeon stall. A barber surgeon is a doctor who would also cut your hair. Some of the cures the barber surgeon would use on you included:
If you had an ear ache he would put a clove of garlic into your ear
If you had a wound he would heat up an iron on the fire and once hot enough would use it to close the wound.
If you had a pox he would give you leeches to cure you.
We also learned that if someone had stolen bread in Norman society they would be put out all night in the stocks.
I think everyone's favourite bit was learning about the barber surgeon stall. There were also a few people who loved the Viking and Norman costumes and rags. We took lots of pictures of that because it was very funny. We also liked learning about the Viking ruins.
We really enjoyed going to Dublina. I would recommend it to other classes and families, it is for all ages. Thank you to Ms McCallion and Ms Schermoly for taking us!