Aine Brosnan - Heritage Experts | Heritage in Schools

Aine Brosnan

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Aine Brosnan
History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography)
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

Book virtual / in-person visit

Áine has been offering workshops to children for nearly 20 years, inspiring children to investigate their own local area - using interactive maps, they get a bird’s eye view of their school and its surroundings. They also do hands-on activities such as creating model monuments or writing stories or rhymes.

Áine's in person visits can include a range of topics to suit the school, size of the group, age ranges etc.

She is passionate about opening the children's horizons to what's in their locality, what mysterious monuments stand hidden behind the ditches and those ivy clad walls. Hands on crafting is also a fantastic way to build children's sense of a 'can do' attitude and achievement, creating replicas of stone age monuments or exploring the world of the Ogham language.

Creating the calendar of the year using the cross quarter points is also a fun hands on experience for the children, using everyday objects to symbolise the different seasons.

Virtual school visits

Classes: 3rd to 6th classes

Materials: Pens and notebook journalists hat (optional!)

Session 1 (pre-recorded, 20 mins)

Introduction- what is Archaeology all about? What are these 'Mysterious Monuments' that can be found in every neighbourhood?

Taking off on our magic carpet we will go on a virtual tour to visit one of these special places. The session will include a puzzle and a drawing exercise.

In the follow-up exercise Children will be asked do their own investigations at home to see what information they can 'dig up' (interviewing parents; grandparents; older neighbours) about any facts, old stories or local knowledge that they might surprisingly have about these monuments. Listen carefully, take notes, be the reporter and be ready to relay any information you receive back to your class at our live session.

Session 2 (live, up to 60 mins)

During the live session we will investigate some Mysterious Monuments in your locality, using online resources for some virtual time travelling! What Mysterious Monuments are near your school? What happened at these places? Who lived there? What were they used for? Our young journalists will be taking notes. Did you get any information from your enquiries from older members of your community? Children will asked to pick their favourite monument and divide into groups for some creative writing where they will work on their own stories or poems.

Worksheets & teacher's notes:

An activity worksheet will be provided for the children to work on.There will also be notes for teachers to accompany the pre-recorded session.

Classes: Infant and junior classes

Materials: Colouring materials

Session 1 (pre-recorded, 10mins)

This includes a virtual tour to two holy wells with some breaks for questions and discussion.

In the follow-up exercise children will be asked to find out if there are any holy wells close by which they might have the possibility to visit this before the Zoom session. If not there might be an opportunity for a field trip with Áine at a later date !

Session 2 (live, up to 30 mins)

The live session will include a discussion around what the children know about holy wells including, what holy wells or holy trees are in their local areas. The will look at photographs and see what other online resources are available to explore local sites. Other discussion will be around how how we use water in our everyday lives and how trees are important.

Áine will tell one of our oldest stories of the Well of Wisdom and the Salmon of Knowledge,

Worksheets and teachers notes:

There will be notes for teachers to accompany the pre-recorded session and a template for a drawing of a salmon for the children to color in. Their drawing can be of anything that has inspired them during the session.


  • "Informative, interactive memorable visit. Pupils were made aware of little nuggets of information about their main street, areas that they pass everyday."
  • "We were delighted with the 5 visits from Aine. She was absolutely fantastic! Very well informed and weaves so many genres into the lessons." - St Joseph’s N.S., Castlemaine
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  • "Excellent workshop from start to finish" - St. Michael's N.S.
  • "We were blown away by the fantastic visit from Aine yesterday. The boys were fully engaged with the talk in the morning, absolutely enthralled when they discovered parts of their own city that they see regularly. They also thoroughly enjoyed creating the song at the end." - Scoil Cholmcile, Blarney St
  • "We visited a local fort, the pupils really engaged with the folklore and history of the fort. It awakened their imaginations and developed their appreciation of their local environment. The pupils were very actively engaged and working collaboratively." - Scoil Chrochan Naofa
  • "Very enjoyable day." - St Colman’s NS, Cloyne
  • "Thank you Áine. The children loved your visit." - Derrinacahara NS, Cork
  • "We had a wonderful day and received lots of good advice about high end pollinators for our school grounds and surrounding areas." - Kiltiernan NS, Galway
  • "Áine, was extremely informative the session led to huge appreciation from the children on the knowledge that Áine had on pollinators." - Bodyke NS, Clare
  • "Áine gave a clear and enjoyable history walking tour in Cork city." - Scoil Padre Pio, Cork
  • "The children really enjoyed their virtual visit from start to finish. They were lots of examples and pictorial evidence that appealed to the children. They particularly enjoyed the zoom meeting and were very engaged with the facilitator." - Scoil Cholmcille
  • "Great way for the children to engage with real people and real specialists from all walks of life!" - Scoil Choluim
  • "Áine engaged very well with the class, they enjoyed the little rap exercise. It was great to look at places of interest near the school. In this current climate i think it's an excellent alternative to having a day out with a Heritage Expert." - Crannógbuí NS
  • "This was our first experience of an interactive zoom session and it worked out very well. The children gave very positive feedback afterwards and loved the fact that it was interactive." - Muinefliuch NS, Cork
  • "We were delighted with our virtual sessions with Aine. Her workshops titled "Mysterious Monuments" brought us on a journey of learning and discovery in our local area. Aine planned the sessions very well to maximise the benefits to all the pupils. Prior to her virtual visits, we received teacher notes with clear preparatory work for the different classes to do which included video clips to watch, questions to answer, worksheets and some local research. This helped to engage the pupils' interest with the topics of discussion and lead to an enthusiastic response from the pupils through: poetry writing, photographs, art etc. We are especially grateful to Aine for including the Infant classroom in her planning. She was excellent at pitching her video and virtual visit discussion on "Holy Wells" to the Infants, using story, art, images and sound. Aine enlightened us all on the numerous monuments from the past in our parish and has motivated us to plan trips to visit these local treasures in the near future. Burgess Staff highly recommend a visit by Aine Brosnan to schools." - Burgess NS, Tipperary

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Provides virtual visits
  • Caters for special needs
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

086 175 1580