Students Exploring Their Musical Heritage

Clare Champion, Friday, April 11, 2008

School children were in for a musical treat as part of Heritage Education Week at the Clare Museum this week when musical instruments from the pre-historic age were brought to life. Simon O’Dwyer and Maria Cullen O’Dwyer, from Prehistoric Music Ireland, brought their collection of reproductions to show the children as well as telling them the stories behind them. The children were shown a variety of instruments including the first playable reproduction of an Iron Age Loughnashade trumpet.

“The day went really well. It was educational as well as entertaining. All of the children were very receptive and they were all very well informed,” Maria said.

Among the highlights of the day was Simon’s playing of the reproductions of the horns. Three original Bronze Age horns are currently on display at the Clare Museum. “Many of the originals of our reproductions are in the National Museum in Dublin. The Museum in Clare is very lucky to have three original Bronze Age instruments,” added Maria.

As well as the demonstration of prehistoric musical instruments, the museum is also hosting a demonstration of traditional Traveller crafts this Thursday for Heritage Education Week. Students will have the chance to see the craft of copper smithing, with members St Joseph’s Traveller Training Centre in Ennis performing the demonstrations.

“Heritage Education Week is targeted at primary schools, particularly fourth to sixth classes. The purpose of Heritage Education Week is to generate greater interest and appreciation of our heritage in a practical and pupil-friendly way,” explained a spokesman for Clare Museum.

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