Bernadette Doherty

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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), Living things (Science)
Counties catered for:
Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Mayo, Sligo, Tipperary, Westmeath
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Bernie is an archaeologist with twenty years experience. She is webmaster and editor for a heritage group within Galway Community Heritage Websites and iCAN (Irish Community Archive Network). She also has experience in preparation of nature walks and treasure hunts for various events. Bernie provides children with an engaging presentation about local heritage, focusing on archaeology, history and/or natural heritage. A guided field trip to local sites of interest, such as a fort, castle, graveyard or nearby woods and river may be prepared prior to the visit. Research and recording techniques are explored and preparation of material for a website/heritage trail may also be an option (multiple visits required). Bernie encourages children to focus on what heritage means to the child, their family and community. Visits are tailored to the teacher’s preference and age appropriate.


  • "Bernie was great source of information and conveyed this in an engaging and interesting way. She was very well prepared and very obliging in terms of what was requested from her."
  • "Bernadette was so full of knowledge and the kids really enjoyed her lessons. We got to explore local history and sites and the children showed what they learned about ringforts through art using sand to create their own design. They learned new vocabulary and we were able to integrate maths into the lesson also. Bernadette was very well organised and the day ran very smoothly and she informed us of other ideas/projects for SESE. Thanks Bernie" - Knockminna N.S.
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  • "Bernadette was excellent with the children. The content was very interesting and the children were engaged for the whole duration of the visit. Very enjoyable."
  • "Bernadette really enlightened the children and adults with her knowledge and enthusiasm for history. she really brought the history of Ballinrobe and in particular Harry Clarke windows to life. She had a lovely rapport with the children" - St Joseph's P.S

Additional Information

  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

086 1003888