Fionn and Jonathan Angus
- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Local Studies (History), Myself and my Family (History), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science)
- 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
Fionn and Jonathan offer lively and interactive workshops on a diverse range of Ireland's heritage. From the mammals of Ireland, to researching bottlenose dolphin populations off the West Coast, to the return of the White Tailed Sea Eagle, Fionn's fascination with wildlife is infectious.
Recently returned from safari in Tanzania and canoeing through the Amazon Rainforest, they compare the unique wildlife we have here with some from very different environments. And they are happy to bring their instruments (fiddle and guitar) to play a short set of Irish traditional music.
As one of Ireland's youngest Heritage Experts (and the only one with Down syndrome), Fionn makes a powerfully affirmative impression on children. Jonathan, with over 20 years' classroom experience, provides technical assistance and leads craft activities, songs and games which reinforce the learning experience.
Check out this tutorial from Fionn on how to have your own Backyard BioBlitz:Fionn and Jonathan are only available as a team and offer a reduced rate to schools:
2018-2020 team rates:
Duration of visit
Half Day (2.5 - 3 hours)
Whole Day (5 - 5.5 hours)
Cost to school
Cost to Heritage Council
Cost to designated disadvantaged school
Cost to Heritage Council
"Fionnathan are a brilliant pair to bring into any classroom. They taught the children about Ireland’s marine life through their own experiences and studies and they played music too! The kids loved it and were hanging on to every word. Highly recommend!"
"It was a really enjoyable day . I got fantastic feedback from the kids after it . They talked to the class about mammals in Ireland and also ones they have met on their travels . They also play the guitar and fiddle . The kids really enjoyed the outside games also ."
"Fionnathan visit was great. The children really enjoyed their talks about all their experiences, wildlife and there instrumental music was fantastic."
"We thoroughly enjoyed Fionn and Jonathan's visit. They have a great raporte with the children and create a great atmosphere in the classroom. The material is very interesting and relevant to our SESE studies and it was delivered in a very engaging manner." - Galway Educate Together National School
"The children in all classes enjoyed the visit and workshop with Fionn and Johnathan. Both had a great knowledge of Irish mammals and habitats. The traditional Irish music played by both visitors was excellent. The children thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor games played also. The stories told by both Fionn and Jonathan of their adventures and travels had the children totally engaged." - Rathbane National School
"Fionn and Jonathon Angus visited all classes in our school and each class was so engaged. They pitched their material at the right level for each class level and had a wonderful rapport with the children. They have a wealth of knowledge about Irish mammals which they shared with the children. They also tapped into local knowledge which was of great interest to the children." - Tierneevin NS
"An excellent engaging visit. The facilitators had a great manner and interacted so well with pupils at junior and senior level. The pupils really enjoyed the session and this was evident to teachers during the visit and from feedback received afterwards." - Kilmainhamwood N.S., Meath
"The children loved learning about all the Irish animals and the stories behind them. The delivery was excellent, Johnathan and Fionn are both intriguing to listen to and there's a lovely dynamic between them. The children really liked the farm song and the Irish music. It was great how they gave stories behind some animals like how squirrels came to Ireland and the new mouse etc. The little anecdotes really consolidated learning for the children. They enjoyed the whole experience! Another teacher said it is rare to have people who gauge where to pitch it so perfectly for the class level." - Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Kildare
"We had a fantastic day and really enjoyed every aspect. Highly recommend a visit from these specialists!" - Ballinlough N.S., Roscommon
"Johnathan and Fionn were very well prepared for their visit and were thoroughly engaging throughout. They were extremely professional and their personal anecdotes, photos and stories they shared with us, gave us a chance to get them know better and clearly showed their profound love for and extensive knowledge of animals and the world around us." - Lawrencetown N.S., Galway
"We absolutely LOVED Jonathon & Fionn's visit..all the children and teachers raved about them...we learned so much! Thank You!" - St. Patrick's B.N.S., Dublin
"A fantastic visit enjoyed by all the children and staff. We couldn't recommend Jonathan and Fionn highly enough....they were amazing!!! We were so happy that they also shared their music talents with us." - St. Edan's N.S., Wexford
"Both the junior room and the senior room reacted well to both Fionn and Jonathan. They held their attention and their delivery of their programme was excellent. Well travelled people. Games and music - what a great school day!" - Gurrane NS, Cork
"We had the best 2 days with Fionn and Johnathan. Johnathan has got an excellent rapport with Fionn and with the children. The children loved every second and learned so much more than just heritage. They were shown how people should speak and interact properly with one another. It was a joy to watch the father and son interact. Thank you very much Fionn and Johnathan." - Sessiaghoneill NS, Donegal
"Such a worthwhile visit. The children gained so much, in many ways, from their interactions with Fionn and Jonathan" - Barnatra NS, Mayo
"We had a great day with Fionn and Jonathan. The children learned so many things about Irish animals and their habitats along with a great action song. They also got a chance to hear Fionn and Jonathan play traditional Irish music and to play animal-themed games outdoors. Fionn and Jonathan had such a lovely way of interacting with the kids and delivered their content in a really accessible way complete with lovely stories and animal images that really captured the children's interest. They had a lovely presence in the classroom. I would be delighted to have them back again in the future." - St.Patrick's NS, Ballyfarnon, Roscommon
"We as a school could not be happier with the visit. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed their presentation and the games that they completed with the pupils outside. We were amazed by the musical talents of Fionn in particular. Would highly recommend. Would love to have back next year for a return visit." - St. Patrick's NS, Kilnaleck, Cavan
"Fantastic visit, Jonathan and Fionn were excellent with the children who really enjoyed learning about different wildlife species, through the medium of language, music and art." - Longford Westmeath Home ED Families
"Super as always. So professional, so engaging with the pupils, so expert on their topics." - Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Kildare
"We really enjoyed the visit. There was a great variety of activities on the day and loved the personal touches and stories." - St. Mary's NS, Westmeath
"Fionn and Jonathan's workshop was excellent. The children loved learning about the mammals of Ireland and particularly enjoyed listening to Fionn and Jonathan playing some traditional Irish music." - Scoil Mhuire Senior School, Kildare
"The children enjoyed the visit and the musical addition at the end of each talk was wonderful. The teachers also mentioned they acquired lots of new knowledge! It was a pleasure to have Fionn and Jonathan with us for the day." - Anonymous
"Super visit Johnathan had the childrens attention immediately. Fionn was super interacting & is a powerful role model." - Curraghmore NS, Westmeath
"The children were fascinated and enthralled. We will try and get them back." - Anonymous
"This was an amazing experience for pupils and teachers. We all loved the interaction between both presenters and the pupils.They really kept the interest of the pupils by encouraging their involvement in the lesson." - St Paul's NS, Westmeath
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities