History students from Carrick-on-Suir met a group of Northern Ireland student they have befriended with the help of the Internet at the site of the Battle of the Boyne.
The second year students from Comeragh College met their long distance friends from Our Lady’s Grammar School in Newry, Co Down for the first time at the historic site in Oldbridge, Co. Meath where the Protestant William of Orange’s forces over came the Catholic King James’ army.
Both schools have participated throughout the past year in the Dissolving Boundaries Project, which brings together their history curricula with the most up-to-date advances in technology.
Through the use of Wikipedia, forums, podcasting, blogs and video-conferencing, the project aims to develop links between schools in the North of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The students worked together on topics common to both syllabi working towards the high-point of the year - the schools’ face-to-face meeting.
Students from both school toured the Battle of the Boyne site and were shown an interactive laser demonstration of how the battle was fought along with an audio-visual dramatisation of the battle.
A great day was had by all and new friendships were cemented between both students and schools.
The students from Comeragh College. Our Lady’s Grammar School and other schools involved in the project celebrated Dissolving Boundaries Day last Thursday where they reflected on their work and participation in the scheme over the past year.
This is Comeragh College’s third year of involvement in the programme as part of the school’s long-standing tradition of maintaining links with Northern Ireland.