A new schools atlas featuring, for the first time in the history of the State, a detailed map of Ireland’s seabed designated area was launched on Tuesday 6th April at the INTO conference in Galway. The Folens/Phillips New Irish Primary Atlas features “The Real Map of Ireland”, the results of detailed seabed mapping undertaken by the Marine Institute and the Geological Survey of Ireland during the Irish National Seabed Survey and INFOMAR projects, the Petroleum Affairs Division survey of the continental shelf edge and finally the GEBCO digital atlas. The data was acquired using cutting edge multibeam sonar technology from a variety of research vessels.
“The Real Map of Ireland showing Ireland's marine territory is generating great interest,” said Noreen Sheehan, Sales and Marketing Director for Folens, “and this adds a new and vital dimension to the new schools Atlas. Many teachers are taking printed copies of The Real Map of Ireland from our stand and we look forward to seeing this interest reflected in take-up of the new publication by schools.”
The Real Map of Ireland already forms the foundation of a number of primary school lesson plans available for download free of charge from the Marine Institute’s website at www.marine.ie. These lesson plans, which are linked to the SESE primary curriculum, open the world of Ireland’s oceans and seas to teachers as cross-curricular examples in subjects including Art, Geography, History, Science and Environmental studies.
Copies of the Folens/Phillips New Irish Primary Atlas (ISBN 978-1-84741-598-1) are available from local school bookshops and regular suppliers.