Heritage in Schools (2005)


by Ted Cook (Heritage In Schools)

This Primary School Project is co-funded by the INTO and the Heritage Council, with matched contributions by each Primary School. €75 represents the school’s contribution for a full days visit by the Heritage Specialist.

During 2004 and 2005 both Kilbarry and Inchigeela Schools visited the Gearagh to expand the school’s knowledge of this very important environment and to grasp the growing need for clean, renewable and sustainable energy.

Our visit in 2004 was intended to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Lee Valley hydro-electric scheme and to evaluate the impacts on the Gearagh’s Ancient post glacial wooded alluvial plain by the project. We also wished to identify both the resident wild plants and bird species. Some birds migrate from Canada, Greenland, Scandinavia, Russia and Africa. Photo 1 records Ms Teresa Downey’s Class and Photo 2 records us sketching the still life of swans and decaying oak stumps.

Inchigeelagh School group (Photo 3) spent a half day in May time 2005, identifying the early flora and lichens together with the hydrological functions of the Great Flood Plain. The Gearagh is unique in Western Europe and is one of only three types of UN Ramsar Wetland on Earth.

Wildlife Need Their Wilderness – and so do we.