Lorna O'Donnell

Lorna Odonnell
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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), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science)
Counties catered for:
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Dr Lorna O’Donnell has worked as an Irish archaeologist for seventeen years and has published widely on the subject. She has completed a BSc, PhD and Post Doctoral research in Irish Archaeology/Palaeoecology and is currently an Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Archaeology, UCD. Lorna has worked as an Environmental Education Guide in Glenveagh National Park and as a Green-Schools Travel Officer in Co. Donegal.

A school visit can encompass guided trips to a museum or local heritage sites for example ringforts, graveyards or churches, which Lorna can help identify. This aims to bring to life children’s local heritage and see it through the eyes of a trained archaeologist, thus enabling students to discover aspects of their local area that they were previously unaware of. The local history of a school area can also be researched and explored with the students.

Lorna has a comprehensive collection of replica archaeological artefacts including pottery, axes, moulds, wooden vessels, hammer stones, flint, slag and perforated stone. These are used to provoke discussion about the past, as a focus of study of different material types and as inspiration for artwork.

A school visit can include a guided walk in the local area examining flora and fauna. Lorna can help schools to produce habitat maps of their school grounds. She can also provide support visits to schools working towards each of their Green-Schools flags.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Archaeology
  • Local history
  • Monument studies
  • Artefact studies
  • Natural history of Ireland
  • Woodlands
  • Habitat mapping
  • Green- Schools flags


  • "The aim of the visit from Lorna was to make the children more aware of the historical places around us. We really enjoyed our fieldtrip and the follow-up workshop of exploring artefacts in the classroom. The children really enjoyed the day and learned a lot from it. Thank You."
  • "We had a fantastic day with Lorna. She was extremely organised and did a wonderful variety of activities with the children." - Donagh N.S.
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  • "Excellent Day, children really enjoyed it."
  • "The children were so engaged in their work and we all had a really enjoyable day."
  • "We had a fantastic day with Lorna. She is passionate and enthusiastic and the children responded very well to all activities throughout the day." - Castletown NS, Donegal

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

087 9626039

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