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Welcome to our Education section. Click here for Acknowledgements. In order to be able to make best use of the education material provided here, you will need to be able to open pdf files. If you do not have that capability at present, you can download Adobe Reader here for free.

Below you can navigate through all the lesson plans or choose to only view 5th & 6th Class Lesson Plans or Post-Primary Lesson Plans. Hover over the object that interests you and simply click through to its page. There you will find a selection of resources that includes some or all of the following: multi-media content, downloadable worksheets, lessons plans and quizzes.

Welcome to our Education section. Click here for Acknowledgements. In order to be able to make best use of the education material provided here, you will need to be able to open pdf files. If you do not have that capability at present, you can download Adobe Reader here for free.

Below you can navigate through all the lesson plans or choose to only view 5th & 6th Class Lesson Plans or Post-Primary Lesson Plans. Hover over the object that interests you and simply click through to its page. There you will find a selection of resources that includes some or all of the following: multi-media content, downloadable worksheets, lessons plans and quizzes.


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DISCOVER
THE OBJECT

5th & 6th class lesson Plan

1

Mesolithic
Fish Trap

c.5000BC

Discover more about this conical trap used by early Irish people to scoop fish from the lake or catch them in a weir

2

DISCOVER
THE OBJECT

5th & 6th class lesson Plan

2

Flint
Macehead

c.3300-2800BC

Discover more about the precision carving in one of the finest works of art to have survived from Neolithic Europe

3

DISCOVER
THE OBJECT

5th & 6th class lesson Plan

3

Tara
Torcs

c.1200BC

Discover more about the quality of craftsmanship designed to show off the amount of gold used to created the Tara Torcs

4

DISCOVER
THE OBJECT

5th & 6th class lesson Plan

4

Tara
Brooch

8th Century

Discover more about this eighth century symbol of the Irish cultural revival that has approximately 76 patterns on its surface.

5

DISCOVER
THE OBJECT

5th & 6th class lesson Plan

5

Tall Cross,
Monasterboice

Late 9th Century

Discover more about this Christian monument that is the highest of all the high crosses in the country.

6

DISCOVER
THE OBJECT

5th & 6th class lesson Plan

6

Viking
Slave Chain

Late 9th - early 10th century

Discover more about this old, iron chain that was found near Ardakillen crannóg, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.

7

DISCOVER
THE OBJECT

5th & 6th class lesson Plan

7

Waterford
Charter Roll

1215 - 1373

Discover more about Waterford’s authorities creating a four-metre long charter roll relating to the city going back to 1215.

8

DISCOVER
THE OBJECT

5th & 6th class lesson Plan

8

Salamander
Pendant

c.1588

Discover more about this incongruously elegant jewelled pendant that was recovered from the Spanish galleass La Girona.

9

DISCOVER
THE OBJECT

5th & 6th class lesson Plan

9

King William’s
Gauntlets

c.1690

Discover more about these doeskin gloves that King William III presented to John Dillon, in whose home he had stayed the previous night.

10

DISCOVER
THE OBJECT

5th & 6th class lesson Plan

10

Daniel O'Connell's
Chariot

1844

Discover more about this extravagantly ‘chariot’ that was drawn through the streets of Dublin by six splendid grey horses and a crowd of around 200,000 citizens.

11

DISCOVER
THE OBJECT

5th & 6th class lesson Plan

11

Empty
Cooking Pot

19th century

Discover more about these nineteenth century vessels that were almost always mass manufactured in a style that harked back to mediaeval times.

12

DISCOVER
THE OBJECT

5th & 6th class lesson Plan

12

Emigrant's
Teapot

19th - 20th Century

Discover more about this tin teapot that had a pouring lip soldered onto one side and the internal wall of the cup punctured with holes to make a strainer.

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DISCOVER
THE OBJECT

5th & 6th class lesson Plan

13

Reclining
Buddha

Late 19th Century

Discover more about the seraphically beautiful Buddha, now in the National Museum in Dublin, Ireland. The statue is made of marble with the drapery painted gold.

14

DISCOVER
THE OBJECT

5th & 6th class lesson Plan

14

Eileen
Gray chair

1926

Discover more about the chair with only one armrest to ‘leave the body more freedom in movement and to allow it to bend forward or turn to the other side unrestricted.’

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THE OBJECT

POST-PRIMARY LESSON PLANS

1

GAA Medal

1887

Discover more about this GAA Medal. The gold medal was presented to a Limerick player, P.J. Corbett.

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THE OBJECT

POST-PRIMARY LESSON PLANS

3

Parnell Silver Casket

1884

Discover more about this ornate silver casket, with by now standard imagery of round towers, wolfhounds and ‘Celtic’ filigrees, and a representation of the former Irish parliament.

2

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THE OBJECT

POST-PRIMARY LESSON PLANS

2

‘Titanic’ launch ticket

1911

Discover more about the Titanic Launch Ticket. This admission ticket belonged to David Moneypenny, a ship’s painter who worked on the first-class quarters.

4

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THE OBJECT

POST-PRIMARY LESSON PLANS

4

Lamp from ‘River Clyde’

1915

Discover more about the Lamp from River Clyde. This lamp is from a converted collier, the River Clyde. On 25 April 1915 it lit the way to hell for 2000 soldiers, mostly members of the Munster and Dublin Fusiliers.

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DISCOVER
THE OBJECT

POST-PRIMARY LESSON PLANS

5

James Connolly’s shirt

1916

Discover more about James Connolly’s shirt. This undershirt was worn by James Connolly in the General Post Office in Dublin during Easter Week 1916.