Vincent O'Sullivan - Heritage Experts | Heritage in Schools

Vincent O'Sullivan

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Vincent  O' Sullivan,  Castle,  Cullahill  Mountain,  Co   Laois
Vincent  O' Sullivan,  Cumbria  Path, An Old Path Used By People Of The Village
Vincent  O' Sullivan,  Spring Lamb
Vincent  O' Sullivan,  This Old Lane Has Been Used By Farmers Over Many Centuries And Is Now Teeming With Biodiversity
Vincent  O' Sullivan, Field Of Oats And Linseed
Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Continuity and change over time (History), Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science)
Counties catered for:
Kilkenny, Laois, Tipperary
Classes catered for:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Book in-person visit

During a class visit, Vincent focuses on the day-to-day jobs that keep a farmer busy - both on the farm and in the farmhouse. His visit includes an engaging presentation on daily life on the farm and a number of practical demonstrations - including how to make butter and grind corn into flour. He also engages the children in a conversation about the food that we eat - where it comes from and how mainstream methods of farming differ from the traditional model. A field trip to his organic farm in Laois can also be arranged.

Vincent studied geography and the environment and has a passion for farming heritage in Ireland. He has been practicing organic farming in Co. Laois for over 25 years.

During a visit to Cullahill Mountain we will look at its unspoilt landscape, talk about its customs and traditions associated with the land, visit an ancient well, the remains of a pre-famine farmhouse and enjoy nature at it’s best.

On the hike we will forage for berries nuts and sample some wild berries (autumn). We will talk about people's ways of life and how they survived what was, by today’s standards, a harsh environment.

Take a virtual tour of Cullahill Mountain:


  • "This was a very educational and enjoyable experience. The pupils enjoyed the visit and were very interested in the informative Heritage Specialist."
  • "Vincent showed a very relaxed and informal attitude to the boys and they really responded well to it. Lots of interesting information. The boys really recommend the fresh spring water. Went down a treat." - St. Patrick's De La Salle, Kilkenny
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  • "Excellent day that was thoroughly enjoyed by the children while also meeting curricular objectives."
  • "Excellent outing educationally and enjoyed fully by pupils and teachers." - Anon.
  • "Brilliant chance for the children to see biodiversity first hand with somebody who has a wealth of knowledge. A great opportunity to make children aware of their local history and particularly specific stories about places, people and landmarks" - Gaelscoil Phortlaoise, Laois
  • "Vincent gave a lovely presentation giving the children an insight into life on a farm. He discussed the different animals on the farm and the different types of farming. The children especially loved watching the grain turn to flower using Vincent's machine. Also they loved the outdoor activities and especially the water divining activity." - St. Canice's NS, Kilkenny
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Cullohill mountain. The children had a great day and learned a lot. Vincent was great with the children. I would definitely recommend this day to other schools." - Scoil Bhride NS, Laois
  • "Very Informative talk and children really enjoyed it. Especially looking at different plants and herbs that can be found locally and the milling of the grain to flour." - Scoil Iosef Naofa, Tipperary
  • "My class had a fantastic visit to Cullohill mountain. Vincent was very well prepared and interacted with the students throughout. He had an excellent knowledge of the local area including its history, biodiversity and wildlife. We have already recommended this visit to other teachers!" - Portlaoise Educate Together NS, Laois

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Provides practical/hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

Phone (Home):
057 873 7100
087 416 8549