Student Stories

Heritage Studies - Ben Small

I was initially attracted to Heritage Studies because of the history modules offered. However, as I progressed through the course I found myself being drawn to the archaeology & Gaeilge modules. The class sizes were small enough that we all received expert individual attention from our lecturers. I found the one-on-one attention to be a massive help, especially with my Gaeilge module. I became President of the Heritage Society in my third year. I continued in the post through to graduation & was awarded a bursary scholarship for the promotion of culture & heritage throughout the college in my final year. Upon completion of my honours degree in Heritage Studies, I took a postgraduate course in Archaeology at NUI Galway. After completing this course I gained employment as an archaeologist with Valerie J Keely Ltd. After spending a number of years working in both commercial & research archaeology, I went back to education & graduated with a Higher Diploma in Primary Education in 2010. Upon graduation I succeeded in getting a permanent job in a Gaelscoil, where I currently teach 6th class. I attribute my ability to teach in a Gaelscoil solely to the outstanding level of Gaeilge I received in Heritage Studies. I loved every minute of my time on the course.