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A thematic approach to teaching Local History - Course Ref: 22SU06

A Thematic Approach to teaching Local History:

History is concerned with studying the political, cultural, social and economic structures of the past; it is not about memorising facts or the ability to recite dates. More importantly, it analyses trends and asks, why did these events happen in this particular way? Exploring the hidden histories of County Longford, learning can be fun whilst active. A key feature of this course is its exploration of the Longford countryside introducing you to a series of local tours which you can bring your own pupils on. If interested in Local History and learning more about County Longford then this is the course for you.

We will gather on Day 1 at Melview NS for a quick briefing and make our way out to Drumlish.  Gathering will commence at 09.15am

Day 1 - Drumlish - This year we will have a more detailed tour of Drumlish and the surrounding area. We will tour:

  • Staue of Bishop Higgins Land War Memorial
  • Water Mill
  • Birthplace of Blind Fiddlemaster Kiernan along with areas associated with the War of Independance.

Day 2 - Granard - There is much to see in Granard town. We will visit:

  • The Knights & Conquest Centre
  • The Motte
  • Granard Library
  • Market House
  • The Abandoned village of Granardkille

Day 3 - Lanesborough & Lough Ree - Our plan is to take a trip to Lough Ree from Lanesborough to Inis Cleraun (Quaker Island). Quaker Island is steeped in legend as well as political and church history. We will land on the Island weather permitting to view the sites. Wear suitable boots or wellingtons as you may get your shoes wet.

Day 4 - Royal Canal - We will have a walking tour of Longford Town in the area connected to the Royal Canal from Harbour Row to Longford Slashers. We will travel from there to Killashee junction by car. Then we will drive to Clondra and see the harbour and where the Canal joins the Shannon

Day 5 - Longford Town - We will meet Shane Crossan, Film Maker and Assistant Arts Officer of Longford County Council. He will inform us about the various resources available online on the history and landscape of Co. Longford. We will also explore a number of local history publications and see how they can be used in the classroom.

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Important Points to Note for Participants of our Face-to-Face Summer Courses 2022

  • All courses run from 9.30am-2.00pm every day.
  • A minimum number of participants is required in order for a course to proceed. Maximum capacity is 25 on face-to-face summer courses.
  • Full attendance is required to be awarded 3 EPV days.
  • 2 EPV days will be awarded for 4 days attendance.
  • 1 EPV day will be awarded for 3 days attendance. (Regardless of the reason for the absence).
  • No EPV days will be awarded for less than 3 days attendance.
  • Lunch break is from 11.30-12.00 each day.  Participants should bring their own packed lunch each day as lunch is NOT provided. Tea/Coffee is not provided either so participants should bring their own.

All our summer courses are booked on the condition that the course fee is non-refundable. Course Fees are not transferrable to another teacher. Unfortunately, if you wish to cancel your place on one of our courses or you are unable to attend the course, we are not in a position to refund fees. The course fee can only be refunded if the Education Centre cancels the course.


Course Details

Course Date 11-07-2022 9:30 am
Course End Date 15-07-2022 2:00 pm
Cut off date 24-06-2022 3:00 pm
Price EUR50.00
Facilitator Adrian Scollan & Eamonn Brennan
Select Hours 20
Location Longford
Categories Summer

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