Lorraine O'Sullivan

Lorraine Osullivan
Science, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science)
Counties catered for:
Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Lorraine’s workshop explores the different aspects of our local streams and rivers, through fun, practical activities and engaging discussion. Students will learn about the environmental importance of our freshwater resources, about the types of pollution that threaten them and the effects of pollution on the ecosystems that live within them.

Activities that students undertake give them an opportunity to get their hands dirty and meet some of the fascinating little creatures that dwell on the river beds. Identifying some of the common species, examining some of the features they develop to cope with their surroundings and how they can be used as indictors of pollution, encourages a curiosity and an understanding of life under the water. Students can use their geographical skills to investigate and discuss waterways in their locality, looking at interesting characteristics, historical features, wildlife, pollution and the importance of the waterway within the local community.

The aim of the workshop is to create a greater appreciation and awareness of our precious freshwater resources by encouraging students to explore and investigate using their geographical and scientific skills. The lesson can be based outdoors on a river walk or it can be tailored to suit a classroom environment.


  • "Lorraine presented the workshops in a very interesting and age appropriate way with lots of pupil engagement. Having the stuffed duck, otter and badger was fantastic! The children also enjoyed investigating the buckets of river water. A very beneficial learning experience for them."
  • "Lorraine was very well prepared and professional."
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  • "Lorraine had fabulous resources and was great with the children" - St. Mary's N.S., Grange, Waterford
  • "Children and staff really enjoyed the visit."
  • "Really enjoyable for the children and they were very engaged." - Kilbrien N.S., Waterford
  • "The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit, there were great reports from all classes and smiles on all the kids faces." - Gorey Central School, Wexford
  • "Lorraine was very well prepared and very engaging. The children loved examining the creatures she collected. They had a fantastic day." - Gorey Central School, Wexford
  • "Lorraine pitches the level of the presentation very well and had a good mix of activities." - St.Brigid’s NS, Kilkenny
  • "A very enjoyable visit. The children loved looking at the water insects and stuffed animals." - St Canice's NS, Kilkenny
  • "Lorraine was excellent with all class groups." - Scoil Phádraig, Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny.
  • "I would love to have lorraine visit every year." - Ringville NS, Kilkenny
  • "Teachers and pupils spoke highly of Lorraine." - St. Fiacc's NS, Carlow
  • "We really enjoyed Lorraine's visit. She was excellent with our special students." - School of The Holy Spirit, Kilkenny
  • "Great experience, very informative and engaging." - St Leonard's NS, Kilkenny
  • "I would highly recommend a visit from Lorraine to other schools." - St Iberius NS, Wexford
  • "A very worthwhile experience. Thank you!" - At Margaret’s NS, Wexford
  • "Lorraine was very easy to work with. She was on time and very organized. Lorraine had great activities prepared and a great rapport with the children." - Kilrane NS, Wexford
  • "An inspiring presentation and really informative. Pupils had hands-on learning experiences." - Scoil Mhuire, Waterford
  • "Very enjoyable experience for pupils. Lorraine was an excellent specialist ho engaged actively with the children. 10/10" - St Johns NS, Kilkenny
  • "Lorraine is a mine of information in her area." - Villierstown NS, Waterford
  • "The workshops were very hands on and thoroughly enjoyed by all pupils involved. Feedback from pupils and teachers was excellent. The hands on approach to learning was enjoyed by the pupils and the content of the workshop led to huge learning opportunities for all pupils. It is definitely something we will undertake in our school every year. Lorraine was highly organised and had a wealth of resources to bring the river habitat to our school hall. Excellent Workshop." - St. Joseph’s NS, Waterford

Additional Information

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

Contact Details

086 - 1038098