Martin Curley

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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)
Counties catered for:
Galway, Mayo, Roscommon
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Martin has been working with young people for almost 30 years and is glad to see that their curiosity and passion for investigation is still as strong as ever. Martin provides a number of engaging workshops for children.

Family History Project:
Family pictures provide the starting point for the childrens journey in tracing their own family's past! These workshops take place over a period of time so that the children can start building a bank of information about their family history, which they then turn into a book or exhibition to be shared with present and future generations. They collect information from the census, state and church records, Griffith's valuation, Ellis Island emigration and more importantly, from talking to their own family members.

Local Area Heritage:
Beginning with an exploration of their current locality using satellite images, pictures and maps, the children delve into the history of their place using historical maps, Griffith's Valuation maps and others to see how the area has changed over the past 200 years. The various historical, cultural and social landmarks of the locality are also explored. Gradually, the children create a unique historical guide of their locality to share with their community.

Martin's experience includes working in schools in New York, Belfast and Liverpool and he has recently returned to his native Galway where he has set up an educational genealogical company. Martin runs two similar programmes which assist young people in the appreciation of their community, its context and their place within it.


  • "A really wonderful learning experience. Pupils were fully engaged with the classes. The classes were very enjoyable and the pupils looked forward to the work. There was plenty of information provided that pupils could work on between the visits."
  • "Martin was excellent as always and related brilliantly with the children, who thoroughly enjoyed his visit."
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  • "Martin worked mostly on genealogy, with some local history. He was excellent; managed children well; kept their interest; helped them find records; challenged their curiosity."
  • "Great start to our series of workshops."
  • "Mr Curley was very good, he was professional, but also friendly and pleasant with the children, and he engaged with them on just the right level ,easily understood, but "pushing" them to participate as fully as possible, and to carry out the "homework" - research at home with their parents."
  • "Martin is very good with the children. he captures their interest from the outset. They always look forward to him coming, and love to bring home the information and continue researching at home."
  • "Excellent work done by Martin with the children, great background work done by him in advance, well researched etc. Excellent introduction to local studies and to fostering an appreciation in the children of their rich local heritage." - St. Mary's N.S., Roscommon
  • "Very knowledgeable about the subject, very good with the children, able to relate and explain clearly and concisely. Prompt, punctual, and organised. A pleasure to have in the school/classroom." - LISANISKEY N.S., Roscommon
  • "We had a great day!" - Ballinderry N.S., Galway
  • "Excellent engagement and personality in the class."
  • "We had Martin 4 years ago & had to get him back as his work is fantastic. We delved into our own family history & it was brilliant. Martin introduced us to a vast amount of information at our fingertips that we knew very little about. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience as young & old alike gained valuable insight into their history. No problem recommending Martin to anyone" - Mount Talbot N.S., Roscommon
  • "Fantastic to explore the local folklore of the time around the Great Famine, the children learned about ancestors that they had who lived through that time. Really interesting investigation of available resources for researching family history." - Newtown NS, Galway
  • "Excellent work done by Martin with the children, great background work done by him in advance, well researched etc." - St. Mary's NS, Roscommon
  • "Engaging/Informative Enthusiastic interactive Brilliant use of I.T." - Gortnaleam NS, Galway
  • "Martin is so professional, well prepared and relates very well to the children. he makes his lessons informative and entertaining, capturing the interest of all the pupils and keeping them working, regardless of their ability." - Clonberne NS, Galway

Additional Information

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

Contact Details

089 416 4830

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