The Clare Champion, Friday, March 2, 2012
Clare Museum is launching a recession-busting school tour of Ennis in conjunction with local businesses. It is now possible to see Ennis on an educational tour for the less than €15 per person.
“The package is a designed to market the town of Ennis to schools within the county, and, more particularly, throughout Ireland. This package is available for primary classes from first to sixth classes and youth groups when booked through the museum”, explained John Rattigan of Clare Museum.
The day begins with a free tour of the Clare Museum, where children have the chance to learn about their local history and Irish culture with a guided tour of the museum. Age-appropriate worksheets are provided and can be completed on the visit with other worksheets to be completed in the classroom.
A teacher’s pack is also available, allowing the continuation of the museum experience back in the classroom and there are online quizzes on the website to increase computer skills for children at www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/claremuseum. This part of the tour takes an hour to an hour and a half.
After the museum, there is a walking tour through the medieval streets of the town with Jane O’Brien of Ennis Walking Tours. The tour is designed with children in mind and is filled with legends, mythology and ghost stories associated with the town over a period of an hour. Participants can avail of a lunch deal at Supermac’s and the day concludes at Ennis Leisure World, where activities include bowling, quasar, AstroTurf football and kiddies adventure land.