Annette Corkery - Heritage Experts | Heritage in Schools

Annette Corkery

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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), 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

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Annette is passionate about creativity, heritage and the natural world. She has an MLitt which explored the integration of art across the primary curriculum and has been involved with formal and informal education for twenty-five years. She spent most of lockdown growing vegetables and developing her forest garden and in May 2021 received her Permaculture Design Certificate. She and her business partner Ann Gerety Smyth, (who is also on the Heritage in Schools panel), have been running Creative Ardagh in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre for 10 years now, educating and entertaining groups from all over the world and of all ages and abilities. It is an SFI Discover Centre and offers a range of DPSM programmes along with other creative workshops based on the local heritage.

In-person school visits

Scéalta Beo come in Celtic costume and have props and visual aids to enhance their storytelling. Mythology and storytelling helped our ancestors understand and deal with crisis, which makes them very important tools in this era of climate change. We tell many of the ancient stories of the Tuatha Dé Dannan our favourite being the local legend of Midir and Etain. Midir was known as a judge and given the task of restoring the balance which is very relevant to the times we live in.

Interactive practical activities, discussions and stories combine to demonstrate what life was like in Iron Age/Early Medieval Ireland. The session(s) can cover aspects of society and every day activities: buildings, clothing, jewellery and metalwork, food, biodiversity, games such as fidchell, weaving, foraging, natural dyeing, Brehon Laws including the importance of trees, fire festivals and ogham script.

Discover all you need to research and explore your townland: delve into its history, find out the meaning of its name and look at local built and natural heritage close up. Using this as inspiration create your own art or writing based on what you learn.

Whether you want to design a vegetable garden from scratch, develop sensory areas, get guidance for the Biodiversity Green Flag or just look closely at native trees, mini-beasts or animal habitats around your school, Scéalta Beo can help you explore and creatively interact with the outdoor learning environment, getting hands-on experience and connecting with the living stories all around us.;;


  • "We would highly recommend Annette for her wealth of knowledge & skills and her excellent way of conducting her classes and interacting with the children. Excellent ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐" - Gaelscoil Longfoirt, Longford
  • "Excellent Visit. Lessons superbly adapted for indoor due to storm. Annette has an abundance of knowledge and has a fantastic way of allowing the children to be involved and to have their voices head and be involved in decision making." - Gaelscoil Longfoirt, Longford
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  • "Excellent!" - St. Dominic’s NS, Longford
  • "Annette has a wonderful way with the children which was much appreciated." - St. Joseph's NS, Westmeath
  • "Annette has a wealth of knowledge and great enthusiasm. She had a great rapport with the pupils and gave them plenty of opportunities to share their knowledge and experiences. The children (and teachers) were so excited to learn about the biodiversity in the school environment." - Clooncagh NS, Roscommon
  • "Children had a ball! Annette brought them out in groups to explore a wooded area beside our school and they had so much fun discovering the flora and fauna around them." - An Grianán NS, Westmeath
  • "Yet again, an excellent visit from Annette" - Gaelscoil Longfoirt
  • "Annettes enthusiasm for biodiversity and for the importance of preserving our natural habitats is inspiring and infectious. The children loved the lessons. Annette has helped us interact more creatively with our school environment." - An Grianán NS, Westmeath
  • "Well worth the fee and children gained hands on experience in the Craft of Wet-Felting." - Naomh Atrachta Kingsland, Roscommon
  • "Pleased with the visit, facilitator had obviously prepared well for the visit. The information was specific to our local history and historical features in the area. She had interesting resources to engage the children that I wasn't previously familiar with. We were very happy with the visit." - SN Naomh Brighid, Leitrim

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Caters for special needs
  • Provides practical/hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips
  • Visits as Gaeilge

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