The INTO/Heritage Council scheme is subsidized by the Heritage Council, thus alleviating the schools’ share of the expense considerably.


Tony Kirby has been working as a heritage education specialist since 2003. He delivered the highly acclaimed heritage education program of the Burren Life Project (Ireland’s first farming for conservation project) from 2005 to 2009.
From 2009 to date, Tony joined the INTO/Heritage Council Heritage in the Schools panel and since then he has been delivering classroom workshops and field trips for primary schools via this scheme. The pupils engage in lots of practical, exciting work in the class and the outdoors. They are acquainted in an accessible way with the region’s geology, archaeology, flora, fauna, farming and folklore
Both the school visit and the field trip can each be a half day in duration


Angela Healy, Scoil Chatriona, Renmore , Galway on 4th of November 2010 at 1:47 pm

My 6th class really enjoyed the morning with Tony Kirby. The presentation covered all bases as far as the Burren is concerned. Tony brought his enthusiasm and knowledge to the classroom and the pupils followed up with many questions and comments of their own. Excellent slideshow and workshop activity. A very worthwhile and enjoyable visit.

Eoin Walsh, Ennis National School on 28th of April 2010 at 3:28 pm

My 3rd class thoroughly enjoyed the Burren workshop with Tony. He had a wonderful rapport with the children and shared his knowledge and interest in the Burren with them all. The visual resources were excellent and the children were engaged throughout the presentation and activities. Overall a great educational workshop.

Melanie O'Reilly, Scoil Chatriona, Renmore, Galway on 23rd of June 2010 at 5:07 pm

Bhain ranganna 1 – 4 an-taitneamh, spraoi agus eolas as na laethanta a chaitheamar le Tony le déanaí. Thar a bheith sásta leis an réamhobair sa rang idir pictiúirí, billeoga eolais agus an taispeántas féin. Bhí an-chaidreamh aige le na páistí agus níl aon dabht faoi ach go bhfuil tuiscint iontach faighte againn ar fad sa scoil maidir le háilleacht agus tábhacht an Bhoirín.

Fiona Ní Chualáin, Gaelscoil na bhFilí, Gort on 24th of June 2010 at 9:56 am

The wide range of methodologies and activities employed by Tony ensured that the Burren field trip captured the interest and enriched the knowledge of my 30 third class children. Activites such as the tresure hunt, ‘frog watch’, listening and observation exercises and poetry writing were all interspersed with factual information about the rich flora, fauna and physical features of the Burren. While the trip was well structured and organised, Tony was also willing to address the children’s spontaneous observations and questions as they arose. The children were kept on-task at all times and mindful of conservation. The visit integrated many strands from History, Geography, P.E, English, Gaeilge neamhfhoirmiúil and SPHE. The children left with a greatly enriched knowledge of the Burren and more importantly, the desire to return again in the near future.

Sarah Eyres, Barefield National School, County Clare on 24th of June 2010 at 5:55 pm

Tony’s expert first hand knowledge, enthusiasm and skill of delivery made our 5th Class’s trip to the Burren a really enjoyable and valuable experience.
The classroom workshop prepared the pupils perfectly for their subsequent exploration of the Burren landscape. The workshop was professionally presented and it awakened the pupils’ interest. The strategy used by Tony on the field trip was very effective and ensured the children were focused and learning.
I would highly recommend this program. The children loved it, learning throughout and they experienced the Burren at first hand in the most beneficial way i.e. on foot.

M.J. Malone, Cloughleigh NS, Ennis on 25th of June 2010 at 3:46 pm

We went for a trip from school to see the Burren because we heard it’s cool. We saw flowers, hills and trees, cows, stones and lots of bees. We climbed a hill to see a cave where St Coleman lived.
Tony led us through the land,
And what we saw was mighty grand.
Flowers, hills and lots of stones
Nearly made us break our bones.
St Coleman lived inside a cave.
He lived alone and was very brave.
He built a church, an altar too,
A blessed well for me and you.

Senior students, Cloonanaha National School, Inagh on 30th of June 2010 at 10:05 am

Tony’s talk was most interesting, with a beautiful visual presentation. He asked and answered questions throughout and had great photographs which he distributed to all the students together with a thought-provoking worksheet. We wish to commend him on his ability to engage with the students and we look forward to participating in this activity again next year.

Mary Egan, Cloonanaha National School, Inagh on 30th of June 2010 at 4:56 pm

We went on a trip from school
To see the Burren ‘cos we heard it’s cool.
We saw flowers, hills and trees
Cows, stones and lots of bees.
We climbed a hill to see a cave
Where Saint Coleman lived with his slave.
St.Coleman prayed alongside a well
But he had to leave at the sound of a bell.

3rd and 4th classes, Cloonanaha National School, Inagh on 1st of July 2010 at 11:38 am

Thank you for the wonderful Burren experience you gave to our 5th and 6th classes recently Tony! Having the prep time in class beforehand made their visit more meaningful and generated interest and excitement. The children are dying to go back again! Well done-you did a great job.

Anne Quinn, Principal, Inagh NS on 6th of July 2010 at 11:30 pm

We very much enjoyed our day on the Burren. I can’t wait to bring the children back in Spring. We learned the Ice Cream Man poem. It’s great to get them rhyming off the names of the flowers. Your work is very valuable Tony and long may you continue to be an inspiration.

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