Michael Fortune

History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Story (History), Local Studies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Myself and my Family (History), Human environments (Geography)
Counties catered for:
Carlow, Clare, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Meath, Offaly, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford
Classes catered for:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Michael guides the children in the production of a web-based heritage map of their locality, the page is displayed on a website with lots of other schools heritage maps. The map contains images, video and text relating to the heritage of the area stories from people in the community, the site of a holy well, an old route to school, an old forge etc. Over the course of three or five days (depending on school's budget or timeframe), Michael discusses the local history, folklore, landscape and built heritage of the locality with the class.

If feasible, field trips will be undertaken to nearby sites where a local person is filmed by the pupils giving an account about the place. Michael supplies all equipment during workshops and is highly experienced in working in film and editing with young people. Three and five day workshops are encouraged for this programme to reach its fullest potential. Please visit www.schoolmapproject.com to view a sample heritage map produced by another school.
For the past decade Michael Fortune has championed the use of new media such as film, digital photography and web design in the promotion of community and place. Michael is a lecturer with the Limerick School of Art where he focuses on the use of new media in the classroom setting.


  • "Very interesting talk delivered by a very engaging individual."
  • "Delighted to have Mick Fortune visit our school - we learnt a lot about St Brigid and traditions and folklore linked with her. We also had hands-on activities of making crosses and bridógs. Mick visited our four 4th classes on the day and we should have scheduled him for an hour in each room to due justice to the content he wanted to pass on /discuss with the children."

Additional Information

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

Contact Details

Phone (Home):
053 92 56885
Phone (Work):
053 92 56885
087 647 0247