Margaret Mannion

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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), Eras of change and conflict (History), Politics, conflict and society (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Materials (Science)
Counties catered for:
Cavan, Clare, Cork, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Mayo, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Westmeath
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Mags Mannion is an archaeologist, glass specialist and craft worker. She holds a PhD in archaeology and has taught at third level for a number of years. Mags has also taught outreach classes at local schools and regularly teaches with the Uni 4 U access programme, a primary schools initiative based at NUIG. Mags also gives talks and demonstrations on glass working, ancient technologies, artisans and their apprentices and traditional crafts at Irish Walled Towns Network Festivals, Heritage week and local history events and medieval fairs.

During school visits children are introduced to the people and objects of the past through a visual presentation, a handling box of replica artefacts, simulated sandbox excavations and lively discussion. The children handle and examine replica artefacts exploring their social context through discussing how they were made, who made them and for whom. Mags demonstrates the different techniques and materials used in the past and the children are then given the opportunity to make an object based on an artefact from the past.

Visits can incorporate field trips introducing the children to the archaeology and heritage of their locality and If possible, incorporate a trip to any archaeological excavations taking place nearby.

Schools can choose a specific historical time frame around which the visit could be based such as

‘The Bronze Age weapons and gold ornaments’

‘Life in a medieval crannog or ring fort’

‘Life in a Viking town or onboard a Viking long ship such as the Sea Stallion’

‘The Anglo-Norman invasion’

‘The monastic apprentice, life in a changing world’

‘Iron Age Ireland, people, royal sites and art’

‘Gaelic Ireland’

Alternatively, the school could choose a specific project such as making ancient clay pots or workshops on local heritage or family history incorporating the oral stories, customs and traditions of the locality.


  • "Excellent visit. The children were really interested and engaged. Great talk and wonderful artefacts that really enriched the experience for the class." - Claregalway Educate Together, Galway

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

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