St. Brendan's N.S., Cartron, Sligo

For our part of the project, we visited the local Famine Sites in Sligo, including the memorial at Quay Street, the Famine graveyard and Sligo Abbey.

The famine started in 1845. 
It was called the Great Famine or “An Gorta Mór”.
It was possible to survive on a diet of potatoes and milk during the 19th Century.
However, when a disease called blight affected the potatoes, people had very little to eat.
It was hard for the people living during this time because when a person got a disease, it would pass on to the other people.
Many people died of hunger and disease and many others left Ireland

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St Brendan's National School is situated in Cartron Point in Sligo Town. The school caters for boys and girls from Junior Infants to Sixth Class, ranging in ages from four to twelve years.

At present there are 125 children enrolled in the school with a staff of 9 teachers, 4 Special Needs Assistants and a parttime secretary. The principal is Ms. Marie Hurley.

Our school overlooks Sligo Bay and has magnificent views of Knocknarea and Benbulben.