- Curriculum Strands:
- Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History)
- Counties catered for:
- Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Pat has a great love of traditional craft, especially sugán rope making. His school workshops are entitled Field to Fireside, Seed to Seat and are fully hands-on. They include the use of old farm tools, woodworking tools as well as rope making and thrashing by flail.
As an extension to these workshops, Pat does butter making using the old churn and butter spades, where the children add the cream to the churn and all involved partake in the art of making the butter, washing it, and shaping it into butter balls. All of this is done while also learning about the history of butter, its folklore, and it's importance to society.
Saint Bridget crosses are another specialty workshop of Pat's, helping the children make several traditional types while learning the history surrounding St Bridget. Pat also works with schools to grow vegetables and explain the importance of nature and the garden. Children get to plant, care for and harvest vegetables such as potatoes, onions, peas etc. All materials are provided by Pat for the workshops.
These workshops are fully inclusive to pupils of all intellectual and physical ability.
"Pat brought the skills of life in the past to life through butter making, showing the pupils how a churn works and how the buttermilk is strained off. He demonstrated various styles of St.Bridget's Crosses and facilitated the making of them by the pupils, providing rushes for the workshop. Along with this, he shared stories, piseogs and folklore about St.Bridget's Day, the wrenboys and farming traditions. A fascinating presentation. Highly recommended."
"The children and staff really enjoyed this visit. Patrick was excellent."
"Excellent presentation. Very hands on."
"All pupils and staff enjoyed Patricks presentation... a great opportunity for pupils to see the skills used by their forefathers in making butter as part of their daily routine" - St. Brigid's N.S.
"This was Day 5 of 5 visits under the Creative Heritage project, focussing mainly on Farming Long Ago. Today the children showed their parents the mini museum of farm artefacts we had put together, displayed their mini projects, planted chestnuts as a whole class activity with the juniors, made St Brigid's crosses (3 pronged in junior room; variety of designs in senior room). The whole overall experience over the 5 days was fantastic." - Killaville NS
"Fantastic visit. Both children and teachers thoroughly enjoyed."
"The children had a fabulous hands-on experience. Patrick had a wonderful way with the children that kept them fully engaged throughout the day." - Ballinlough National School, Roscommon
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
- Offers visits as Gaeilge
- Phone (Home):
- 069 77319
- 087 981 7662