The School Map Project is a workshop programme delivered over the course of two or five days (depending on school's budget/timeframe) by The Heritage Council approved expert, Michael Fortune. During these school visits Michael works with all classes collecting and collating information about their own community which will result in them producing an online map of the area which will promote local stories, accounts and customs, through text, video and photography. Below are some examples of five day programmes Michael conducted in counties Tipperary and Meath in the Autumn of 2014, as well a visit to two day visit to a school in Wexford in May 2014.

The resulting information was produced during classroom sessions, workshops and fieldtrips as well as information gathered from local and family sources as well as online via and Google Maps.

(Please click on the images below to see the activities and research findings from the participating schools.)


Scoil Naomh Eoin,
Navan, Co. Meath
Barnane NS
Drum, Templemore, Co. Tipperary
St. Ibar’s NS
Castlebridge, Co. Wexford


Scoil Eoin Baiste,
Galbally, Co. Wexford
St. Declan’s NS
Ardmore, Co. Waterford
Clocharince NS
Clocharince, Co. KildareClocharince_NS.html

About Michael Fortune and School Visits

For the past fifteen years Michael Fortune has championed the use of new media such as film, digital photography and webdesign in the creative promotion of community and place. He has vast experience of working in a classroom environment and knows what can be achieved in a short period of time. 

Mapping and story collecting project work in schools in Limerick city as part of Young EV+A in 2005.

Through scheduled workshops, Michael would generate interest and begin conversations with pupils relating to the local history, folklore and local landscape of the area. Using online OSI maps and local history/folklore sources as a starting point, conversations will be generated that will be carried from class to class, and from school to home. Over the course of the three or five days, pupils will use typing, writing, drawing, scanning, photographing and video recording to generate accounts and material for the project website.

If feasible, field trips will be undertaken to some immediate local sites where pupils/teacher or parent would be filmed on site by the pupils giving an account or telling a story about the place.  This in turn will be edited by the pupils using four MacBook Pros and user friendly video editing software. Michael will supply all equipment during workshops and is highly experienced in working in film and editing with young people.

Story making and filming workshops as part of workshops with Kildare Library and Arts Services, 2006

Once all the material has been sourced and edited, Michael will work with selected older classes where a map of the area will be produced on a one page website. The map will contain images, video and text and information can be viewed/pop up once clicked e.g. site of a holy well, a old route to school, an old forge etc.

All of the above is achievable as Michael has undertaken such tasks in the past throughout the country. In the face of so much new technology, with Google Maps at our finger tips, never has their such a pressing need for young people to embrace their own locality, through story/history in combination with their physical landscape and built environment.

Young people doing fieldwork, writing and filming exercises as part of a folklore collection project in Raheen, Co. Wexford, 2006

Michael currently works as a part-time assistant lecturer with the MA in Art and Design Teaching Department in Limerick School of Art where he specially focuses on the use of new digital media in the classroom setting.

Three and Five day workshops are encouraged for this programme to reach its fullest potential. Days can be consecutive or spread out over a course of weeks. A sample map page will be available to view on this site in January 2014.


Young people filming and editing short films and animations in school across Offaly as part of the Offline Film Festival, 2013

Contact Details and Counties Covered

If you wish to find out more or to book Michael, please contact him by phone on 087 6470247 or by email at  You can also download a recent copy of his CV here to find out more about Michael and past work experience.

Michael will currently work with in counties Wexford, Carlow, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Laois, Dublin, Meath, Waterford, Offaly, Tipperary and Limerick. If your county is not listed above and are interested, please contact him and an arrangement can be made.

Or you can find out more at The Heritage Council website -


School Map Project