Aidan Dockery

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Subject(s):
Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Myself and my Family (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
Counties catered for:
Cavan, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Meath, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Westmeath
Classes catered for:
All Classes

A three- times All- Ireland winner in Recitation and Question- Time competitions,

Aidan has devoted a huge part of the last 50 years putting together one of the country's best collections of Irish stamps, coins, postcards,artefacts and commerorative booklets.

Hugely passionate about all things Irish, he has worked very hard at accumulating and organising his collection and is widely regarded as being a great authority on several aspects of Irish history, geography, literature, culture, music, sport, wildlife, etc. He has been widely commended for the easy and good- humoured way he is able to impart his knowledge to pupils and teachers alike.

Being a stamp and coin collector, Aidan keeps well up to date with important upcoming anniversaries and commemorations and personally attends many of these right throughout each year so that he is fully familiar with the topics he covers in his school visits. He shares his experience of these in a very relaxed manner which seems to hold the attention of pupils, young and old, making sure to have whatever commemorative books, souvenirs, etc. relating to the subject matter that are available. 2016 was a particularly busy year for this enthusiastic collector, who reckons he attended over 80 events in several different counties relating to the 1916 Easter Rising commemorations.

To add further significance to his presentations, Aidan is probably unique among those involved in the Heritage In Schools Scheme in that 2 of his uncles served in the British Army during WWI, one of whom was killed in the Battle of the Somme. Extraordinarily, their niece was married to one of main activists in the Kimmage Garrison of the Irish Volunteers who fought alongside Pearse and Connolly in the GPO during Easter Week 1916. Such are the complexities of Irish history!

Testimonials

  • "Very worthwhile visit from Aidan and children and staff really enjoyed it and gained lots of knowledge."
  • "Aidan's exhibition of books, memorabilia and story telling went down tremendously with all children and adults in our school."
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  • "Aidan had a lovely manner with the children with great stories that the children found interesting and will remember."
  • "A lovely man with a fascinating personal link to his own and our nation's history. While undoubtedly, the information and materials were of greater interest to senior classes, given the content. Overall it was well received and enjoyable. Thanks to Aidan for coming to us."
  • "Pupils were very interested in the world war and other artefacts on display - Aidan had interesting stories about same which engaged the pupils"
  • "Aidan had a vast range of objects which he showed to the children. His passion for heritage was very obvious through his detailed presentation." - St Matthew's NS, Dublin
  • "The children enjoyed the history talks with Aidan. He had a fabulous selection of resources to show the children." - Scoil Naomh Iósaf, Wicklow
  • "Absolutely brilliant. Very interesting and informative. Children really enjoyed it." - Carysfort NS, Wicklow
  • "We all thoroughly enjoyed Aidan's visit to our school .It was very informative .The children were engaged and involved throughout the day .Thank you Aidan!"

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Offers visits as Gaeilge

Contact Details

Phone (Home):
071 96 38405
Mobile:
087 4636231
Email:
aidan.dockery1@gmail.com

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