Martin Curley - Heritage Experts | Heritage in Schools

Martin Curley

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History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Myself and my Family (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography)
Counties catered for:
Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Westmeath
Classes catered for:
All Classes

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Martin has been working with young people for almost 30 years and is glad to see that their curiosity and passion for investigation is still as strong as ever. Martin provides a number of engaging workshops for children.

Family pictures provide the starting point for the childrens journey in tracing their own family's past! These workshops take place over a period of time so that the children can start building a bank of information about their family history, which they then turn into a book or exhibition to be shared with present and future generations. They collect information from the census, state and church records, Griffith's valuation, Ellis Island emigration and more importantly, from talking to their own family members.

Beginning with an exploration of their current locality using satellite images, pictures and maps, the children delve into the history of their place using historical maps, Griffith's Valuation maps and others to see how the area has changed over the past 200 years. The various historical, cultural and social landmarks of the locality are also explored. Gradually, the children create a unique historical guide of their locality to share with their community.

Martin runs two similar programmes which assist young people in the appreciation of their community, its context and their place within it.


  • "A really wonderful learning experience. Pupils were fully engaged with the classes. The classes were very enjoyable and the pupils looked forward to the work. There was plenty of information provided that pupils could work on between the visits."
  • "Martin was excellent as always and related brilliantly with the children, who thoroughly enjoyed his visit."
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  • "Martin worked mostly on genealogy, with some local history. He was excellent; managed children well; kept their interest; helped them find records; challenged their curiosity."
  • "Great start to our series of workshops."
  • "Mr Curley was very good, he was professional, but also friendly and pleasant with the children, and he engaged with them on just the right level ,easily understood, but "pushing" them to participate as fully as possible, and to carry out the "homework" - research at home with their parents."
  • "Martin is very good with the children. he captures their interest from the outset. They always look forward to him coming, and love to bring home the information and continue researching at home."
  • "Excellent work done by Martin with the children, great background work done by him in advance, well researched etc. Excellent introduction to local studies and to fostering an appreciation in the children of their rich local heritage." - St. Mary's N.S., Roscommon
  • "Very knowledgeable about the subject, very good with the children, able to relate and explain clearly and concisely. Prompt, punctual, and organised. A pleasure to have in the school/classroom." - LISANISKEY N.S., Roscommon
  • "We had a great day!" - Ballinderry N.S., Galway
  • "Excellent engagement and personality in the class."
  • "We had Martin 4 years ago & had to get him back as his work is fantastic. We delved into our own family history & it was brilliant. Martin introduced us to a vast amount of information at our fingertips that we knew very little about. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience as young & old alike gained valuable insight into their history. No problem recommending Martin to anyone" - Mount Talbot N.S., Roscommon
  • "Fantastic to explore the local folklore of the time around the Great Famine, the children learned about ancestors that they had who lived through that time. Really interesting investigation of available resources for researching family history." - Newtown NS, Galway
  • "Excellent work done by Martin with the children, great background work done by him in advance, well researched etc." - St. Mary's NS, Roscommon
  • "Engaging/Informative Enthusiastic interactive Brilliant use of I.T." - Gortnaleam NS, Galway
  • "Martin is so professional, well prepared and relates very well to the children. he makes his lessons informative and entertaining, capturing the interest of all the pupils and keeping them working, regardless of their ability." - Clonberne NS, Galway
  • "Without a shadow of a doubt, Martin is one of the best teachers I've ever worked with." - Ballymurray NS, Roscommon
  • "This was an excellent visit and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed it. They were enthused by the visit and carried out a lot of research on their own. The visit was the basis for some very interesting history lessons. Martin put a huge effort into this visit." - Anon.
  • "Martin was fantastic, as usual. He is a mine of information. We donned our waterproofs and wellies as the day was not the best weatherwise. He introduced us to a wonderful amenity, virtually on our doorstep, which we knew nothing about. The tour covered many strands of the curriculum I would highly recommend this excursion with Martin." - Mount Talbot NS, Roscommon
  • "Extremely interesting and thought provoking. Very child friendly and adaptable for all needs in the classroom." - Castleplunkett NS, Roscommon
  • "Children really enjoyed and profited greatly from the workshop on Family Trees." - S n An Croi Ro Naofa, Galway
  • "A fantastic educational experience for the children and professional development for the teacher. Will revisit the local areas explored throughout the year." - St Oliver Plunkett NS, Galway
  • "Fantastic day out. Martin is so knowledgeable in all areas of our locality." - Lisheenkyle NS, Galway
  • "Well presented, very engaging for children, very focused on local history, the land and surrounding monuments. Use of ipads on geo maps was excellent. Children enjoyed the lesson. Children given questions to interview and gather more local information and stories from elders in community." - Menlough NS, Galway
  • "Fantastic experience for children. Heritage specialist catered for all the needs of the children and provided excellent information for the children" - Castleplunkett NS, Roscommon
  • "Martin was absolutely brilliant with the children, his enthusiasm was infectious and he really brought the history of the city to life." - Scoil Chroi Iosa, Galway
  • "Martin was absolutely brilliant." - Castlehackett NS, Galway

Additional Information

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

Contact Details

089 416 4830