Ross Cochrane

Ross Cochrane
Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
Counties catered for:
Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, Westmeath
Classes catered for:
All Classes

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Ross is a passionate educator; working freelance as visual arts curator, writer and researcher. Working formally with the UNESCO Geopark, Ross provides lessons inside and outside a classroom setting; covering nature walks and plant identification, exploring hedgerow folklore, ancient sites and ancestral crafts.

Permaculture garden design for new or pre-existing school gardens. Topics include composting and recycling, seed sowing and planting organically; the importance of planting native trees, developing hedgerows and creating wildlife areas. - Biodiversity lessons, plant and wildlife identification.

Exploring hedgerow folklore; identifying plants and trees, discussing their symbolism and how they were used by our ancestors. Lessons explore how to identify medicinal, harmful and edible plants. How our ancestors respected and used these plants, living as part of their environment. Topics are inclusive of woodland crafts, Irish plant names, the stories and folklore associated with them.

Discovering soil layers, how was it made and where can we find it? – Topics include a history of soil layers; practical pottery covering hands-on activities; hand-building, coil-building, and throwing (the potter’s wheel). Recreating examples of ancient drinking & food vessels to figures & jewellery. Children’s artworks can be fired on or off site, showing methods of ancient firing techniques.


  • "A lovely day exploring our school grounds. The children were actively engaged all day and gained lots of information about the natural environment around our school." - Barnacogue NS, Mayo
  • "Ross was fantastic with the children and kept repeating things and asking the children questions to ensure they were learning. Ross visited the school beforehand and checked out the environment he would be working in and was therefore very familiar with the surroundings. I would highly recommend Ross to other schools and it was a pleasure working with him." - Killygarry NS, Cavan
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  • "A very worthwhile and enjoyable day. Ross was very, very knowledgeable indeed. Thank you!" - St Daigh's NS, Monaghan
  • "A lovely day exploring our school grounds. The children were actively engaged all day and gained lots of information about the natural environment around our school." - Barnacogue NS, Mayo
  • "Very informative and highly educational, kept the children engaged and was thoroughly enjoyed." - Corliss NS, Cavan
  • "The pupils had an amazing day exploring the great outdoors!" - St. Attracta's NS, Roscommon
  • "Very enjoyable. Ross was very well informed." - St Daigh's NS, Monaghan
  • "Something really different and interesting . Children took a real interest in this out door learning" - Farnham NS, Cavan
  • "Ross was fantastic, absolutely brilliant! The children and the class teacher loved him." - Model School Bailieborough, Cavan
  • "This was an excellent informative visit. The children really enjoyed learning about plants and animals around out school grounds." - Miltown NS, Cavan
  • "Excellent, all classes thoroughly enjoyed the visit." - Knockconan NS, Monaghan
  • "The Heritage expert Ross Cochrane was excellent on the subject and spoke to the children on their level." - Bunscoil Lughaidh Naofa, Monaghan
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt a vast amount about the tress and plants in our hedgerow and our school yard. Ross had an excellent rapport with the children and maintained their interest throughout the tour. Thank you Ross." - Killeevan Central NS, Monaghan
  • "Ross is a wealth of knowledge and the children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the sessions. Everything was child friendly and age appropriate and we all learned so much from him. We are working towards our Green-Schools flag on Biodiversity and Ross visit tied in nicely with this. It also brought in folklore too. Thoroughly enjoyable. Ross was also very flexible and worked around our lunch times and covid procedures." - St. Michael's NS, Monaghan
  • "This was a wonderful visit. The children learned so much about the biodiversity within their own school grounds before we even went further afield...we definitely look forward to a future visit to further explore our natural world around us!" - Clogher NS, Mayo
  • "Ross was a fantastic facilitator, all the children were engaged and lots of fun games and activities." - Foxford NS, Mayo
  • "Excellent tutor" - Kilnaleck NS, Cavan
  • "We were very impressed by the vast knowledge of the heritage officer and delivery of the content using a range of methodologies." - Curravagh NS, Cavan
  • "An extremely informative and enjoyable experience" - Killeshandra NS (C. of I.)
  • "Excellent Heritage in schools visit. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed it." - St. John's NS, Mayo
  • "Ross was fantastic with the pupils. Every pupil was engaged and listening at all times. Really great content too!" - Killeen NS, Mayo
  • "Ross was excellent. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience, found loads to fire their interests in nature and our local environment." - Callystown NS, Louth
  • "The visit went really well and the children really enjoyed the day. Ross was very good with the pupils ad they responded very well to him. We look forward to having Ross back again soon." - Fatima NS, Leitrim
  • "Very informative and practical visit that was an enjoyable experience for all." - St Bernard's NS, Longford
  • "Ross was very easy to deal with and the children found him to be very interesting and engaging." - Robinstown NS, Meath
  • "Excellent from start to finish, from booking to consultations with the expert and the actual week. Ross was really flexible and so helpful, working with both teachers, visiting teachers and pupils. He researched the area before he came and was able to recommend locations. When it was raining torrentially on one of the days he completely changed to an indoor programme with more fantastic activities. Highly recommend" - St. Paul’s NS, Meath
  • "The children enjoyed the interactive part and the games" - St Baithin’s NS, Donegal
  • "Extremely knowledgeable expert who created a wonderful learning experience for the children." - St. Peter's NS, .Meath

Additional Information

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

Contact Details

085 1621352