Inishbofin Summer School – Explore a magical island in the company of a great team

The Inishbofin Summer school is Ireland’s longest running environmental school, which has welcomed a host of scientists, poets, writers, artists to work with teachers and the general public over the last 35 years. The school, which was first established by Leo Hallissey and Clare O‘Toole in 1984, has grown to become a highlight in the island’s yearly calender.

This year, Leo and Clare have passed the torch to Galway Atlantaquaria, who will continue working with the multi-disciplined team, which this year includes marine biologists Noirin Burke and Conor Ryan, botanist/marine biologist Cillian Roden, ecologist and artist Gardan D’arcy, archaelogist John O Halloran, local historian Tommy Burke, and poet Mary Swander – poet laureate for the State of Iowa.

“The school is an amazing way to experience the island and we are delighted to be part of its future, though I struggle to think how we will fill Leo and Clare’s shoes,” said marine biologist Noirin Burke, from the National Aquarium.

People joining the Summer School, will experience a range of habitats, explore new teaching and learning methodologies out in nature, meet a range of interesting people and have a brilliant time in this beautiful place. The week is wrapped up in a feast of traditional music.

The school is approved by the Department of Education and Skills as an in-service programme for teachers but is also open to the general public. It will run between the July 1-5 2019 on Inishbofin Island.

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