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Lá seoigh ar chul an tí!

Chaitheamar an lá amuigh le Liz agus Fiona ar chul an tí. ag ullmhúThe ground was prepared with sand.
( Tá gaineamh ar an talamh chun an féar a chosaint )

an sorn
This is the furnace ( an sorn ) made by Fiona herself
out of clay, sand and horse-dung.

'tea-pot stand'
There is a chamber at the bottom of the furnace and this plate sits on top of that chamber. Téann an pláta seo isteach ag an bun agus tagann aer isteach tríd na poill chun an tine a choimeád ar siúl. The solid bronze is contained in a crucible (pota beag) placed in the middle of the furnace.
The pipe from the bellows takes oxygen into the chamber to feed the fire. Taréis a bheith ag tarraing pictiúir le gualach ag tús na míosa anois táimid á chur sa tine!
obair chrua
Chaith Fiona timpeall uair a chloig ag iarraidh teas na tine a dhéanamh ard go leor. The fire will be up to 1,300 degrees celsius to melt the bronze. Tógann sé roinnt ama chun an cré-umha a leá!
cré-umha leáite
Réidh le tógaint amach
pouring into the mould
Fiona uses a crucible made of graphite.
dath álainn oráiste
Bíonn dath láidir oráiste ar an gcré-umha nuair a tá sé leáite!
Molten bronze has a beautiful orange colour!

ag fuarú sa uisce
Isteach sa uisce le fuarú
cré á bhaint
agus baineann Liz an múnla cré
Liz chips off the clay mould
ceann tua á nochtadh!
Ceann tua á nochtadh!
The axe-head is revealed!


Ag múnlú cré-umha.

Beigh Fiona agus Liz ag múnlú cré-umha amárach ar chúl na scoile má bhíonn an aimsir go deas.

Boats on the River Lee. Casting the Boats

When looking at the Ordinance Survey maps of the Lee you will see a huge amount of evidence of early man along the river banks and surrounding area. Stone rows, fulacht fias, wedge tombs etc. The easiest way to travel in Ireland at the time was along the river.

Sixth class explored boats. We discussed how the first boats might have been discovered- maybe swimming with a log and then how man adapted the log by hollowing it out.

We looked at photographs of a dugout canoe found in a bog from 2200BC.

The sixth class have made 47 boats in wax, which we have cast in bronze. These bronze boats will represent early man’s inhabitation of the Lee valley.

Casting the Boats.

On Sunday we brought the boat moulds to sculptor; Holger Lonze’s studio in Schull. Holger uses a lot of bronze casting in his work and has all the facilities for melting and pouring Bronze.

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The bronze boats will now need the pouring cups removed and maybe a finishing touch with a file and sandpaper.

Holger also cast two bells of his while we were there. To see more of his work

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Jessie, in Rang 6 made a robin. The Spideog is the school emblem.

Maith Sibh go Léir, tá Gaisce Déanta Agaibh!

Today we have finally finished all the clay panels. Every child can be proud of their work in clay and bronze. What wonderful artists to work with! Well done everyone. The ideas and plans for each clay section came from your amazing drawings. We will be giving all the tiles a first firing (bisque firing), then we will colour using underglaze colours and glaze over these. The tiles will then be fired a second time.

This weekend we will be pouring bronze into the boat moulds.

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Outdoor panel

This week we have started on our outdoor panel, which will be situated below the Gaelscoil sign by the front door. This panel will depict Sean Uí Riondáin’s poem; Cúl an Tí, Ballincollig, the Lee as it flows through Cork and meets the sea at Cobh and out to the sea.

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Rinneamar Dearmad!

I have been talking to the writer Kristin Gleeson who lives in Ballyvourney. Kirstin has been researching St. Gobnait for her next book. She has a very interesting blog on Gobnait and other local stories. On reading the blog I see we have made a mistake on our bee hive.

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Such talks and sources have led me to explore Medieval Irish beekeeping and to find that it was such a feature in Ireland they established a set of Brehon Laws governing issues that could (and probably did) arise from keeping them.  My choir director, locally known for his beekeeping, actually has a beehive created in the manner of medieval beekeepers (called a skep) and, low and behold, had a copy of the Brehon Laws and an analysis of it. His skep, he explained was made of sedge grass and not straw as it would in England, because Ireland is wetter and the sedge grass would dry and air out more quickly. I certainly couldn’t argue with him on the ‘wetter’ aspect of his argument. He is a coordinator of the local history group and over the years have talked to many elderly people about old agricultural practices and re-constructed them.


Peadar O’Riada’s skep.


050620131691images[1] Tá an píosa mór gearrtha anois ina tíleanna beaga. Inniu bhí Fiona ag obair ar gach ceann de na tíleanna beaga sin. ‘Fettling’ an t-ainm atá ar an bpróiséas seo. Usáideann sí scian speisialta chun imeall an phíosa aonair a dhéanamh mín cothrom.
Cuireann sí uimhir ar chúl gach ceann ionas go mbeidh siad in ann an ‘mír mearaí’ ollmhór seo a chur le chéile arís chun é a chrochadh ar an mballa.
Gearrann siad línte breise ar chúl chomh maith chun é a ghreamú níos fearr le taos.