We were delighted to welcome our newest Island Explorers from St. Ronans P.S., Lisnaskea and St. Paul's P.S., Ivinestown, to Devenish Island this September. The Island Explorers Programme was free of charge and took students out to the iconic Devenish Island on Lough Erne where they had the opportunity to participate in rowing, biodiversity and heritage workshops.
Row the Erne's Olivia Cosgrove and crew introduced the students to teamwork, teaching them rowing techniques and all about the history of the Currach, a traditional Lough Erne boat. At 33 foot long, they all quickly learned they had to work together to manoevre the boat to the Island!
Once on the island Ecologist, Billy Flynn, delved into the biodiversity of the ancient landscape. He used illustrated guides to let the students explore the monastic island for themselves, discovering species, finding out where they live and why. After learning all about the biodiversity Historians, Seamus McCanny and John Cunningham, took them through over 1,000 years of history, giving them a tour of the 6th century monastic site including the ruins of St Molaise's House, St Mary's Priory and the Great Church.
They even got a pit stop for lunch before heading back home! A massive thank you and well done to all our new Island Explorers, we look forward to seeing you out and about on our Waterways in the future. If you would like to learn more about the Island Explorers Programme or similar programmes please email firstname.lastname@example.org