Competition Time: Heritage in Schools

The Heritage Council, is developing a suite of online tutorials for primary school children, their parents and teachers.

The resources are both fun and educational and are designed to inspire and develop an appreciation and curiosity about Ireland’s wonderful natural and cultural heritage.

The tutorials and other resources can be accessed at

To mark the release of the first five tutorials in the series an Easter competition with a prize in each of the following five categories, is being held.  Winners will receive a €50 One4All voucher and a free visit from a Heritage in Schools Expert for their school (to be redeemed September-December 2020).

  1. Let’s talk History – the Schools’ Folklore Collection (John O’Neill)

Task: Pick something you’d like to ask an older friend or relative about the games they played or the foods they ate when they were young.  Write down what you learn as a story or report (max 300 words)

2. Noticing nature in your local park (Paddy Madden)

Task: Look out for wildlife in your garden or within a 2km radius from your home – identify five species and write down where you found them and how you identified them

3. Learn to sing ‘Na Blathanna’ (Aileen Lambert)

Task: Watch the tutorial and learn to sing Na Blathanna with Aileen – then record your own version of the song and send it to us

4. How to podcast (Peter Baxter)

Task: With the help of an adult make a 5min podcast about the heritage in your neighbourhood and send us your 5 min recording.

5. Wildlife art for beginners (Gordon D’Arcy)

Task: Follow Gordon’s step by step guide to drawing a wren, robin, seagull or duck from shapes and send us copies of your artwork (one entry per child).

Email entries to Please include the child’s name, age and school. Please provide written consent for images, voice or text to be shared on social media and Heritage Council websites.

Closing date for entries: 24th April 2020

Draw with Don

Don Conroy, known from RTE’s The Den, will provide free weekly drawing tutorials over the coming weeks on his YouTube channel.

The first video shows you how to draw a clown as “we all need a little bit of cheering up”. All you need to get going in a pencil and paper. 

Click here to get started.

Ms. Whelan had a go at drawing the clown!

Children in younger classes may enjoy drawing the Easter Bunny using this guide.

Ms. O’Neill’s Easter Bunny!

Easter Hat Online Competition

We have decided to run the Easter Hat competition online this year.

If you wish to participate, please email a picture of your creation to over the coming days.

All entries recieved will be shared on the website. Enjoy!!

Enjoy the Easter Break

Good morning all,

Just a quick note to say well done to the children at Ballyneale NS. They said goodbye to their school, their friends and had to get used to a new routine of learning from home.

You are all doing a fantastic job and we are very proud of you all!

Enjoy the Easter break over the next two weeks!

Harry Potter at Home

To keep children busy, ‘Harry Potter At Home’ has been launched to help children and parents add a touch of Harry Potter magic to their new daily lives.

This special Harry Potter At Home hub is where you’ll find all the latest things to keep you occupied – from special activity kits, to nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!) fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and more.

You can visit the Harry Potter At Home hub here – and keep on visiting the page whenever you like. Just like Hogwarts and its staircases, this page will be changing all the time.

Audible, have made the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone available to listen for free, as many times as you like in the coming weeks. – take a look and see what you can find.

Show some Heart

All across Ireland, children have been sharing pictures of hearts to show support for our frontline staff.

Please #showsomeheart and place it on your windows for everyone to see.

Have a look at some pictures from the Irish Heart Foundation.

NASA’s International Space Station

The International Space Station is a high-flying laboratory and has nine crew members aboard.

Watch the International Space Station [ISS] pass over Irish skies tonight Tuesday 31st March from 8:42pm until 8:50pm.

Look towards the Moon and just below Venus in the sky as NASA’s International Space Station [as big as Croke Park!!] speeds past.

The ISS travels at 27,500km/hr and cost €136 billion to build!!

When it comes into view tonight it will be over the Atlantic Ocean and as it fades into the shadow it will be directly over the Italian Alps. Be sure to give them a wave!

The International Space Station Turns 20 | Time