War Children

Six stories — one set in Dublin, the others in the countryside — about children who get caught up in the War of Independence and suffer dire consequences. Mattie Foley dreams of escaping the harshness of life in the Dublin slums, but her dreams and reality become dangerously entwined with the discovery of a gun. When Statia Mulligan sets off to get feed for the hens, she longs for the peace and quiet of her favourite spot by the stream; she doesn’t expect to become part of an ambush. Larry Quinn goes after the cow that has strayed — how could he know that in his absence the Black and Tans would force his mother to reveal all she knows?

This book by Gerard Whelan is aimed at pupils in senior classes. These documents for the teacher contain suggestions on how to use the book as a cross-curricular resource in the Fifth / Sixth Class classroom.

Teaching Guide to The Empty Steps, the first story in the book (.pdf file 61KB)

Teaching Guide to Mulligan’s Drop, the second story in the book. (.pdf file 72KB)

Teaching Guide to The King of Irishtown, the third story in the book. (.pdf file 68KB)

Teaching Guide to Dead Man’s Music, the fourth story in the book. (.pdf file 68KB)

Teaching Guide to Services Rendered, the fifth story in the book. (.pdf file 66KB)

Teaching Guide to The Poor Cow, the final story in the book. (.pdf file 67KB)

These resources have been made available to Seomra Ranga with the kind permission of the O’ Brien Press. (http://www.obrien.ie) O’ Brien Press retains the copyright of the resources.