General Heritage Resources
The websites listed below also contain information and/or sections that are useful for primary schools however these websites have not been specifically designed for primary schools.
Heritage of Ireland
The Heritage of Ireland website is an online resource designed to introduce people to the rich and varied attractions of Ireland’s heritage. Set up by the Office of Public Works and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, the site includes information about National Monuments, historic houses, Parks and gardens that are in State care.
National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH)
BuildingsofIreland.ie is the website of the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH), which is a section within the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The work of the NIAH involves identifying and recording the architectural heritage of Ireland, from 1700 to the present day. Although not aimed at primary schools this website provides some useful information for teachers that may be interested in organising school trips or projects relating to architectural heritage.
The National Library of Ireland Online Exhibitions
As part of the Library's Outreach and Education Programme, and in keeping with the Library's developing digital policy. Major exhibitions will be made available online. The exhibition listed below is now currently available online.
The 1916 Rising: Personalities and Perspectives at www.nli.ie/1916
Irish Seal Sanctuary
This is the official website for the Irish Seal Sanctuary, a non governmental organisation that aims to provide shelter, treatment and rehabilitation for rescued marine wildlife found in difficulty around Ireland’s coast. The site has several links that provide information about seals, including advice on what to do If You Find a Seal Pup and Guidelines for Seal Encounters. Content is related to the SESE Curriculum Living Things Strand.
This site is an interactive interpretative centre for the Burren area. This site has information on archaeology, landscape, flora, fauna, community, agriculture and climate. It has interactive maps and an interactive timeline stretching from carboniferous times to modern day. There are also quizzes games and nature trail information.
Crann is a voluntary, non-profit organisation dedicated to planting trees and protecting Ireland’s woodlands. The organisation’s website, provides some useful information on planting trees in the Tree Info section which may be of interest to schools with wildlife gardens.
The BurrenLIFE Project
The BurrenLIFE Project, is a partnership-based ‘Farming for Conservation’ project which aims to develop a new model for sustainable agriculture in the Burren. The project’s website provides information on the Project’s Heritage Education Programme, designed to target primary and secondary schools in the wider local community of the Burren in North Clare and South Galway. General information on the ecology and habitats of the Burren (targeting an adult audience) may be found in the Burren Habitats section of the site.
Irish Bird Images
The site includes a comprehensive Gallery of images and there is also a useful Species Index, which provides profiles and general information on many of Ireland’s bird species.
Mooney Goes Wild
The Mooney Goes Wild Radio Show is a popular wildlife programme on RTE Radio 1. The Programme’s website, provides a number of educational features suitable for use in primary schools. These include regularly updated Factsheets, Features and Competitions.
This website was created to develop an awareness among the public of the close relationship between all elements of the natural world; plants, animals, climate and the physical elements of the Irish landscape.
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is dedicated to the conservation and better understanding of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoise) in Irish waters. The website provides useful information including species profiles with photos, current research and whale watching.
ECO-UNESCO is Irelands only national environmental organisation for young people specialising in environmental education. The website gives details of events, workshops and publications available by order. The Young Environmentalists Awards are also profiled on the site.
This is a newsletter for children, featuring informative news on nature and the environment. It is produced by Sherkin Island Marine Station and sponsored by Pharmachem Ireland.
Sarah Varian, who is one of the specialists from the Heritage in Schools scheme, runs this website and is providing a range of teaching and training activities for schools and interest groups that are interested in Marine Biology and Ecology. The site includes a Kids Zone, a gallery of photographs of marine life and an education and awareness page.
Bats Conservation Ireland
The website provides details of events and publications as well as factual information on Irelands bats
Love the outdoors and like to meet new people? Do you want to want to get fit and do something for a good cause? Then why not join the Conservation Volunteers on one of their conservation outings? Everybody can get involved in doing something for nature. No matter what age you are or skills you have, you can do something practical to protect wildlife in your locality.
This website provides a county by county guide to Irish megaliths including photos and information on megaliths including court passage and portal tombs, Ogham stones and stone circles.
The Irish Wildlife Trust
The Irish Wildlife Trust website has fact files on fox, badger, hedgehog and shrew as well as information sheets on the common lizard and details of their services to schools under their ecology and education programme.
Marine Institute - Follow The Fleet
The Marine Institute have developed Follow the Fleet, an innovative interactive computer-based learning package that allows schools across the country to navigate the world from their desktops. It brings many elements of the school curriculum together for children providing real-time information on the Irish merchant shipping fleet, where goods are produced and how they make their way around the world by sea. The site also explains The "Explorers" programme, which aims to integrate marine themes as closely as possible with lessons already taught in national schools through the Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE) curriculum and other cross curricular subjects.
Geological Survey of Ireland
The Geological Survey of Ireland website has a Simple Geology section and a simplified map of the countries bedrock for download in the schools section.
The Airfield Trust
The Airfield Trust is a registered charity that was set up with the aim of promoting and furthering the advancement of education in Ireland. The Trust’s education programme is primarily based around Airfield, an urban farm that provides learning activities and events for adults and children. Airfield’s website providing two sections that provide information for schools, i.e. the Education and Community page and the Activities for Children page. These pages highlight Airfield’s Discover Primary Science Centre and the Nature and Farm Studies Programme. Both programmes are relevant to the primary school Science and Geography curricula, with emphasis on observing, investigating and recording in outdoor habitats.
Information on the Centre’s facilities and education programme is given on the website. An online resource bank of education material to help classes of all levels understand more about ecology, conservation and the environment is planned for the future.
The Castle Demesne’s role as a Discover Science Centre is most relevant for primary schools, with information on the Discover Primary Science Programme (DPS) given in the Schools and Teachers section of the site. There is also a comprehensive educational section on the Science Centre, including useful sections on the Historic Science Centre, Irish Scientists & Engineers, Student Science Notes and Links and Credits. However, this information is aimed at a senior level audience and would need to be interpreted by the teacher for use at primary level.
Killarney National Park
Situated close to the most westerly point in Europe, Killarney National Park covers over 25,000 acres of mountain, moorland, woodland, waterways, parks and gardens. The Park’s website provides general information on the rich and diverse ecology of the area, including sections on Bird Life, Red Deer, Lakes, Oak Woods, Yew Wood and Rhododendron. This information is designed for an adult audience and would need to be interpreted by primary school teachers for use in classes. Primary school visits are encouraged through the Park’s Discover Science Centre and details of the Discover Primary Science Programme are given in the Killarney National Park Education Centre Primary Schools section of the site.
National Aquarium of Ireland
Galway Atlantaquaria, the National Aquarium of Ireland, is an aquarium situated on Ireland’s west coast. The Aquarium’s website, provides information for school visits in the Schools and Plan Your Visit sections of the site, with downloadable DPS teaching materials available online and details of the Aquarium In The School project. The Species section of the site provides useful notes for teachers on local marine wildlife.
Other Centres of Interest Include:
Irish National Stud
Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal
Ballymun Rediscovery Centre, Dublin
Blackrock Castle Observatory, Co. Cork
Brigit's Garden, Co. Galway
Castlecomer Discovery Park, Co. Kilkenny
DkIT's World of Water
Kerry Earth Education Programme, Gortbrack Organic Farm
Lahinch Seaworld and Leisure Centre, Co. Clare
Lifetime Lab, Cork
Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park, Co. Kildare
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
North Bull Island Interpretive Centre, Dublin
The Irish Natural Forestry Foundation, Co. Cork
The National Parks and Wildlife Service [North Midlands Region] Education Centre, Ballinafad, Co. Sligo
The National Sea Life Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow