Breen Kids – Outdoor Education Project

The pilot project will work with a small group of children who design their own learning agenda which is supported and delivered by the Breen Centre. The children then visit outdoor sites that they have identified through their own research and document their engagement with nature and the historical environment.

The first activity included a visit to the ‘Dark Hedges’ then focused on discovering the old Coastguard Station where Torr Head is the closest point of Ireland to Scotland, with the Mull of Kintyre a mere 19km away across the North Channel. It was previously the site of Dunvarragh Cashel, a lighthouse in the charge of the Red Branch warrior-chieftain, Barrach. Built in 1822 as a coast guard station Torr Head doubled up as a Lloyds Signal station for North Channel Shipping. On 11th September 1920 the station and was raided by about fifty armed men who stole five revolvers, 280 rounds of ammunition, rockets, four telescopes, two pair of binoculars, the heliograph, and the G.P.O. telephone. 

Here is the learning outcome of the activity as experienced by the kids……

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The second activity focused on the ‘People’s Park’ and ‘Eco Centre’ in Ballymena. Here is the learning outcome of that engagement…..

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