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Heritage Education Week at Clare Museum 28th April to 1st May 2009

Heritage Education Week will run at Clare Museum from the 28th April to 1st May and is targeted at primary schools, particularly 4th to 6th classes. The purpose of Heritage Education Week is to generate greater interest and appreciation of our heritage in a practical and pupil friendly way. It is hoped that in turn teachers and pupils will be encouraged to leave the classroom to enjoy their local heritage and come to identify Clare Museum as a valuable educational resource.

During the week, a speaker will give two classes daily starting at 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. with a different topic each day. Some of the workshops will be 45 minutes in duration while others will be 30 minutes in length. Places are limited to 35 pupils for each workshop and bookings can be made by calling the curator at 065-6823382 or by email at



Tuesday, 28th April What the Famine was like in Clare – John Shanahan

John is new young local historian with who will be giving a power point presentation on the Great Famine with special emphasis on County Clare. Workshops at 10.30 and 11.30 (30 minutes in length).

Wednesday, 29th April The Burren, a Place of Stone – Tony Kirby

Tony is an expert on the Burren. He will make a powerpoint presentation on the flora, fauna and geology of this famous Clare landscape. Workshops are at 10.30 and 11.30 (45 minutes in length)

Thursday, 30th April From Africa to Ireland – John Murphy

John is an expert on the bio-diversity of Clare and will give a powerpoint presentation on the annual spring bird migration to Clare. Workshops are at 10.30 and 11.30 (30 minutes in length)

Friday, 1st May A Presentation of Prehistoric Musical Instruments of Ireland - Simon and Maria O’Dwyer.

Simon has been employed as a heritage specialist by the INTO and The Heritage Council for the past 7 years. His work involves visits to National schools around the country presenting the prehistoric instruments of Ireland. Since his membership began he has visited over 360 schools. Workshops: 10.30 and 11.30 (45 minutes in length).

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