Melanie Lorien

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Melanie  Lorien  Henhouse
Harvest  Knots
Melanie  Lorien  St  Brigid's  Crosses
Melanie  Lorien  St  Brigid's  Crosses (2)
Melanie  Lorien  Strawboy Hats
Melanie  Lorien  Strawcraft
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Science, History
Curriculum Strands:
Story (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Continuity and change over time (History)
Counties catered for:
Clare, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Mayo, Offaly, Roscommon, Tipperary
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Melanie is a craft-maker who works with straw, she is particularly interested in the traditions and folklore associated with the harvest. She also focuses upon St Brigids Day, Straw Boys, Wren Boys and Mummers.

On a school visit, Melanie brings these customs and traditions to life for the children they learn how to make straw items such as crosses and harvest knots and get the opportunity to wear Straw Boy costumes. Melanie also has a large collection of unusual straw items from around the world which she shares with the children bringing the stories of other cultures directly into the classroom.

Melanie is a member of the International Guild of Straw Craftsman and their representative in Ireland. She regularly demonstrates at The National Museum of Country Life and other heritage events around the country. Melanie is also an organic gardener and a former Woodland Conservation Ranger, so is keen to be involved with tree-related or ecology projects in your school.


  • "This was one of the best experiences we've had with an outside facilitator. Melanie was so pleasant and engaging. Her workshops were well-structured and age-appropriate. Her ideas were fabulous and the boys had beautiful pieces of work in the end. Melanie also managed to cover some of the history and culture of straw craft as part of her visit. This is an exceptional scheme and of huge value to schools."
  • "Melanie was excellent. She was so good with all the children and they loved her."
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  • "Melanie was the best Specialist so far. Her preparation was exemplary as was her interaction with pupils and staff."
  • "An extremely enjoyable workshop. Melanie delivered a very interesting and interactive workshop. All children were involved and got to make a craft. They also learned so much about the traditions and folklore associated with St. Brigid. Melanie made the workshop fun and it appealed to all of our students from Junior Infants up to 6th class. she had an impressive collection of items for the children to explore, dress up in and learn about. Would highly recommend her and this particular workshop."
  • "Excellent as always, Melanie is a regular visitor to our school."
  • "Melanie is fantastic and the children love working with her. She has a great way with them and involves them during the entire session."
  • "The pupils and I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and learned a lot. While I wanted my pupils to develop a sense of heritage and to connect their new learning with other topics taught in recent years, I also wanted them to engage fully and to enjoy the day. The hands-on ancient crafts (working with wheat) was ideal. Children brought items home so the learning continued. I was particularly impressed by Melanie's level of interest at all stages. She was patient while I let weeks pass trying to clarify my free dates and then she engaged fully with informative emails - excellent communication. Melanie gives fully of her time in class." - Presentation Primary School, Clonmel
  • "Super visit and excellent knowledge!"
  • "Melanie was a pleasure to deal with. I would love to have her back again." - St. Cronan's NS, Clare

Additional Information

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

Contact Details

Phone (Home):
061 925 261