Ann Gerety Smyth
- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Cavan, Leitrim, Longford, Meath, Offaly, Roscommon, Westmeath
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Ann is a storyteller and published writer with a special interest in Irish Mythology, Iron Age and Early Christian eras. She has years of experience facilitating groups of all ages having taught with Longford VEC adult education and adult literacy, as a Brownie leader and in the many community work projects she has been involved in. She and her business partner Annette Corkery, (who is also on the Heritage in Schools panel), have been running Creative Ardagh in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre for 8 years now, with groups from all over the world and of all ages and abilities taking part in their workshops. The centre is an SFI Discover Centre and has a range of DPSM programmes along with other creative workshops based on the local heritage.
Creative Ardagh have developed the Scéalta Beo living story programme to bring a sense of place and pride in local heritage to those who take part. Scéalta Beo tell the stories of the Tuatha Dé Dannan and other Irish legends, along with interactive practical activities and discussions to demonstrate life in Early Medieval Ireland. They cover aspects such as buildings, society, every day activities, games such as fidchell, weaving, foraging, natural dyeing and other textile manufacturing; Brehon Laws, Celtic Festivals, Ogham script, the importance of trees, clothing, jewellery and metalwork, food etc.
Scéalta Beo come in Celtic Costume and have props and visual aids to enhance the storytelling. Mythology and storytelling were how our ancestors helped communities understand and deal with crisis, which makes it is a very important tool in this time of climate change. We tell many of the ancient stories with an emphasis on our local legend of Midir and Etain as Midir was known as a judge and given the task of restoring the balance.
"Children really enjoyed the visit and it was very interactive. Outdoor learning was planned but unfortunately it was raining." - Anon.
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
- Offers visits as Gaeilge
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