Best of luck to past pupil Enda Hession Garrymore GAA who captains the Mayo minor footballers in the Connacht championship this season. Enda leads the team out for the first time this evening (Wednesday) against Leitrim at MacHale Park, Castlebar at 8pm. Here are some photos from 2012 of Enda in action.
Cotton is a soft fibre that grows from the seeds of the cotton plant. The fibre is long and thin, like hair. After the cotton fibre is gathered from the plant, it can be made into thread. The cotton thread can then be made into cloth. The cloth can be used to make clothes for people and many other things. Cotton clothing is very nice to wear, especially in hot weather, and is easy to move around in.
There are different types of cotton plants. Some cotton plants grow wild in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. This is how cotton was discovered many years ago. Most of the cotton gathered to make cloth comes from crops grown on cotton farms. Cotton farms can be found in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Americas. All parts of cotton plants are useful.
Cotton is a natural fibre harvested from the cotton plant. Cotton is one of the oldest fibres with traces of cotton over 7,000 years old recovered from archaeological sites. Cotton is also one of the most used natural fibres in existence today, with people everywhere wearing and using cotton for various purposes. Millions of acres globally are used to produce cotton, whether it be new world cotton, with longer, smoother fibres, or the shorter and coarser old world varieties.
In our second Planet Money T-shirt podcast we hear the interesting story of a Brazilian cotton farmer called Pedro.
Planet Money is a joint project of National Public Radio (NPR) in the USA and This American Life, the Chicago weekly public radio show which focuses on coverage of the global economy.
Planet Money is making a very special t-shirt, unlike any other. It’s a t-shirt that can tell you the story of its own creation.
Almost every single t-shirt out there is the result of a complicated global journey. We will follow NPR on that journey. We’ll research the people who grow the cotton, spin the yarn, and cut and sew the fabric. We have ordered a t-shirt and we will follow the cargo ships that bring our t-shirt from factories in Bangladesh and Colombia to ports in the USA and on to Ireland. We’ll also examine the crazy tangle of international regulations which govern the t-shirt trade the whole way. Click the play button below to listen to our first t-shirt podcast.
In March, 2013 we visited Paris and Strasbourg in France. This video is over an hour long and divided as follows:
0-7.10: Eiffel Tower
7.10-10.30: Open top bus tour
10.30-23:10: Champs Élysées; Arc de Triomphe; Louvre; Irish Embassy
28:40-45:15: Ecole Elémentaire Bouchesèche HOENHEIM, Strasbourg; Maginot Line
45:15-64:40: European Parliament; European Court of Human Rights
64:40-68:10: Strolling the streets of Strasbourg; GAA football match;
68:10-71:40: Our final day and journey home.
We were all excited when Pádraig Fitzsimons came from the Primary Planet magazine to present our award for winning their TPP video advert competition. The Primary Planet is Ireland’s first magazine for children and we get it at school. We won 3 laptops and a camcorder for our school. GreenIT were the sponsors of the competition and our teacher won a weekend away. In second place came Windgap N.S from Kilkenny followed by Scoil Chóca Naofa, Kilcock, Co. Kildare.
Then we had a raffle for a laptop for one of the pupils. Everyone in the Senior room who helped make the video had their name in a hat. I couldn’t believe it when Pádraig Fitzsimons pulled my name out!!
I was very happy. Then Rebecca’s name was pulled out for a TPP hoodie. A photographer took photos and everyone had a great day. 🙂 View our winning video advert here. By Amy, 6th class.
As we look back on the past week we remember what a great adventure we had. We travelled by car, plane, bus, metro, RER train, TGV, coach, tram, boat and taxi. And, of course, we walked a lot!
We had a brilliant week in Paris and Strasbourg. My favourite trip was to the Eiffel Tower. 🙂 Justin.
We had a really good week in France. It was nice to meet all the French pupils and visit their school. 🙂 Rebecca.
We had such a fun week in France. We saw so much, and we all got to do some shopping in Gap :-p Amy.
I really enjoyed France this week. We saw lots of different things and they all were really good! There were lots of great opportunities. Really enjoyed visiting the school in Strasbourg. Thanks Mr. Ó Beirn! Rachel 🙂
It was great to visit France!! It was such a good opportunity to visit all the wonderful things. We saw things from markets to the Eiffel Tower. Marie 😀
It was great fun. Ice-cream in France is great. We were really lucky and got to see famous buildings such as the Palace of Versailles and the Eiffel Tower. All in all a great trip. ENDA 😛
Had a wonderful time in France. Have great memories to cherish. You’re a fantastic group to be with. Thanks for bringing me. Sandie 🙂
This morning we visited our host school and played a football match. They had looked up the rules and videos on Youtube. They even watched last year’s All-Ireland final – Donegal v. Mayo! The game finished in a draw: 3-3 to 3-3. Gerald, our Comenius director from Austria, spoke to us on some future activities planned for next year. Then we had a party! The Mayor of Strasbourg was there. We were given gifts and everyone was so lovely. We presented the children with two board games that were made in Ireland – Discover Ireland & Discover Europe. We also had presents for the teachers. One of the teachers, Mathieu, asked Marie what was the best and worst part of the trip. She said the worst part was leaving France. 🙂
We got the TGV back to Paris and travelled back to our hotel on the metro. We did some shopping in GAP and Monoprix. Then we went to a restaurant for dinner. Afterwards we visited the Eiffel Tower one last time to see it lit up at night. It was beautiful. On our way back to the hotel we went to McDonalds for McFlurrys. We have an early start tomorrow and a coach will collect us at the hotel to take us to the airport. We hope to arrive in Knock Airport at 12 o’clock.
Today we went to the European Parliament for a tour. It is a huge building. The chamber holds 1465 people in total (including visitors).
Next we went to the European Court of Human Rights. We were welcomed by Ann Power who is the judge with regard to Ireland since 2008. We got to see the Grand Chamber which has 17 judges. Ann Power was very nice and explained all about the Court.
Then, after lunch, we went visited the Cathedral in Strasbourg which is called Notre Dame, like in Paris.
Afterwards, we took a tour of Strasbourg on the river Ill. We saw the old and new parts of the city. We had earphones which we used to listen to an explanation of the tour.
Finally we went shopping for souvenirs! We had a great day. 🙂
Today we got up very early – 6.30am!! We had breakfast at 7 and then went by tram to our partner school in Hoenheim. In France they start school at 8 o’clock and at the platform the teachers and children greeted us with Irish flags and a big cheer. It was so nice. We then boarded a coach to visit the Fort of Schoenenbourg. It was the most heavily bombed fort on the Maginot Line in World War 2. The French hoped the Line would prevent a German invasion but the Germans went around it through the Ardennes forest. We had a tour which lasted over two hours.
Afterwards we went back to the school where we were given lunch. We introduced ourselves to the other children. We played basketball and soccer with them. We painted plastic Easter eggs and made some bunnies with marla. Then we sang a French song we had learned with the French children. Everyone clapped. The vice-Mayor of Strasbourg was also there to visit us. The Mayor will come on Thursday to say hello. Strasbourg is in Alsace and the French children did a traditional Alsation dance. Tonight the teachers are taking us out for a traditional Alsation meal. Their traditional dish is like a type of pizza so we’re looking forward to it! 🙂
— Fiona Farry (@ffarry1) March 22, 2013