Home Resources

Below are a number of  free resources to keep you occupied during the school closure. We will hope to fill the page as new resources become available. If you would like to add to this resources page please contact us by email info@ceist.ie.

Note: we also have a page dedicated to tools used for Remote Teaching. Please click here to visit.


Sacred Heart Secondary School Drogheda Home Economics

The Home Economics Department of Sacred Heart Secondary School Drogheda have created a website blog to help their students practice at home during the lockdown. This website is packed full of tutorials, videos and yummy recipes which can be used by everyone. Hope you enjoy!!

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Natural Back Health – Tips for Taking Care of your Immune System

Think of your immune system like a fortress. Any fortress worth its weight in gold will be strong and robust. And that is exactly what you want your immune system to be: strong and robust. So when anything comes knocking on your fortress door, not only will you be ready, you will have fuel in the tank …

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Dundalk Institute of Technology – Virtual Open Day

Dundalk IT is holding a Virtual Open Day, Wednesday 6th May 2020 from 10am until 10pm, with live chat facilities between 10am – 12 noon, 2pm – 4pm and 7pm – 9pm

This event is aimed at those who have applied to the CAO and provides you with an opportunity to explore the college virtually and chat live with staff members about admissions, fees, our 45+ undergraduate courses, and student life at DkIT.

If you have not yet registered for the event, you can do so here.


St. Joseph’s Secondary School Rush – Guidance Resources

The St. Joseph’s Secondary School Rush Guidance Department have collected a large amount of important and relevant supports for both parents and students to be shared with the school community. This Padlet resource is being updated daily and is already jam packed with resources for all the family under headings such as: Physical Exercise/Sport, Yoga/Pilates, Mindfulness & Relaxation, Anxiety/Stress, Entertainment for Adults and Students, Healthy Lifestyle, Parental Support, Activities, Music, Motivation, Education Supports for Students, Exam/Study Supports and Mental Health Supports.



St. Joseph’s Secondary School Rush – PE Resources

The St. Joseph’s Secondary School Rush PE Department have put together a range of ideas and activities to keep the whole family active. Workouts and circuits that cater for all levels of fitness with challenges set for those who would like to push themselves a little harder. As the first and second years are in the middle of their dance module there are links for different dance routines which they can try out. Don’t forget it is very essential to warm up and cool down when you participate in exercise so we have included links for stretching and pilates too.  This Padlet will also be updated on a continuous basis. So do check in regularly for something new!



St. Joseph’s Secondary School Rush – Language Challenge

The Modern Foreign Language Department at St Joseph’s Rush have been setting a ‘Language Challenge’ to keep Junior Students engaged in their modern foreign languages. Students have been honing skills such as discovery learning, independent learning, creativity, linguistic & digital skills while taking on language challenges very enthusiastically. Students send their teachers evidence via photos or screen shots of them participating in these unique language challenges like changing their phone displays to the Target Language. How many of these challenges could you complete? St Joseph’s dares you!

Check out the German, French & Spanish language challenge task sheets here:



House of Mercy –1-hour Virtual tour with Live Commentary

While the red doors at Mercy International Centre may be physically closed in response to the COVID-19 virus situation, our virtual House is still open, visit www.mercyworld.org for a wealth of inspiration and information. Anna Nicholls rsm will be offering live online presentations where some of the stories told during a physical tour of Mercy International Centre will be shared. Each session will be limited to 15 people so that participants have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation.



The Sanctuary – Free Wellbeing Practices

It is our Mission at the Sanctuary to provide as much support and to spread as much compassion as we can within our community and beyond, reaching everyone and anyone who needs it. We are delighted to be able to offer you the following free resources:

  • Free online meditation sessions via Zoom three times per week
  • Reiki Healing weekly session Thursday at 4:00 pm
  • Phone calls to people feeling lonely and in need of some company


Drop Everything and Read

Given that so many of us are now spending so much more time in our homes, now is an excellent time to to take some time to enjoy reading for pleasure. We are therefore inviting the entire nation to take time out and to ‘Drop Everything and Read’ for 20 minutes at 12 noon on Friday April 24th 2020.



Microsoft Dream Space – Home Series

DreamSpace HomeSpace is an initiative by Microsoft Ireland to help educators, parents and children participate remotely in some of our favourite DreamSpace activities. Our HomeSpace series begins with our favourite MakeCode platforms- micro:bit, Arcade and Minecraft and some other areas such as python programming, Maker Challenges and Imagine Cup Junior workshops and projects. Just like in DreamSpace, we want to equip participants with some basic computer science knowledge in each session in a bid to spark their creativity about what they can make next. From April 20th we’re going daily so check out our new schedule including weekly special guests too below. Every lesson will be available on demand for those who cannot join us live and for anyone revising afterwards.



Green Schools

We’re really excited to show you some cool stuff you can do at home to keep helping the environment. In this page, we have put water-themed videos, quizzes, experiments, ideas and more activities that students can enjoy doing at home.

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Gov.ie – Getting through Covid-19 Together

It’s normal to be worried or to feel stressed during this difficult time, but there are many things we can do to help us mind our mental health and wellbeing. Here you will find lots of advice and tips on how you can look after your mental wellbeing and cope with your new daily routine.

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Sports Ireland

Sport and physical activity is a cornerstone of life in Ireland. In recent weeks we have seen a shut down of clubs, tournaments and sport in general. This however does not mean that we as a nation cannot stay active. Sport Ireland have created a resource page to help you and your family stay active and informed.

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Concern – 17 Days to Learn

 Concern Active have teamed up with Makematic and Horyou to develop the #17daystolearn challenge for young active citizens and change-makers focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals. They are designed to be simple, thought provoking, fun and can be completed with or without a laptop/computer. Together, they can show the world that every expression of optimism, no matter how big or small, has a positive impact.

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Volunteer From Home

We all need to stay home right now and stay safe. But we know so many of you still want to give back. So today we’re launching our #volunteerfromhome campaign highlighting ways you can help different causes in Ireland and worldwide who still need our support.



Irish Times Children’s Art Competition

Paints, pencils, crayons and markers at the ready! The Irish Times is inviting children to enter our “isolation art” competition with a painting or drawing based on your experience of how life has changed in recent weeks.



RTE Ros na Rún Irish Language Writing Competition

Ros na Rún, the long-running TG4 soap has announced an Irish Language Creative Writing Competition sponsored by Kennys Bookshop. Producers of Ireland’s only Irish Language and rural based TV soap opera are inviting children and young people to showcase their Irish Language, creative writing talents and imagination with a Short Story Writing Competition sponsored by Kennys bookshop in Galway.



Skip Rope Lessons

SKIPnROPE is an Irish based company who provide skipping workshops for Primary Schools, Secondary School, Sport and Youth Clubs. On this channel we will upload videos of our coach Mark doing tutorials on many different skipping skills.



Recovery Haven – Art Competition

Adults and children alike are being asked to capture creative images or draw or paint a picture that highlights their haven or place of solace – that place where they find hope on their journey. This can be their home, friends, family or their favourite go-to place, activities or interactions. Competition is open until July 2020.



RTE to screen Shakespeare Classics

Over the coming weeks, RTÉ will screen a series of classic BBC productions of plays by William Shakespeare, aimed at students – the productions will be available post-broadcast on RTÉ Player.  The productions, which will air on weekend mornings on RTÉ 2, feature some of the world’s greatest thespians tackling the Bard’s greatest works, including plays featured on the Leaving and Junior Certs for 2020 and 2021, to facilitate both 5th and 6th Years.



St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parish – Prayer Resources

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parish – Archdiocese of Armagh have gathered a number of prayer resources on their website.

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Lámh Sign Language – Free Access

Lámh supports communication – between parents and child, between siblings, between friends. It can be a stepping stone to communicating with the world. Lámh is a manual sign system used by children and adults with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland.

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Waterford in your Pocket

It can be so difficult to stay motivated and busy during this downtime. However, unlike people who lived through previous pandemics, we have one massive advantage! We are now more connected than ever thanks to the Internet. I’ve been thinking of things that I can do while at home. As we are limited in our interaction with the outside world for a short time, there are things that we can do to not only keep busy but to learn and entertain. There is something in these links for the whole family.

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Mike Murphy – Senior Times Interviews

One of Ireland’s best loved broadcasters, Mike Murphy has access to the great and good of Irish society and we kick of the series with no less than President Michael D. Higgins and will also feature the same blend of interviews, profiles and information that has made SeniorTimes magazine Ireland’s No 1 magazine for people who don’t act their age.

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RTE Short Story Competition

RTÉ is currently accepting short story submissions for one of Ireland’s longest established and most significant literary prizes, the RTÉ Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus. Writers have until Friday 8th May to submit their short story which will be judged by a panel of three judges: editor, lecturer and journalist, Madeleine Keane; award-winning short story writer and previous prize-winner of the RTÉ Short Story Competition, Danielle McLaughlin; and writer and broadcaster, Vincent Woods.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Renowned composer and playwright Andrew Lloyd Webber has published a number of videos in which he performs pieces from his most famous musicals, such as Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Technicolour Dream Coat, Jesus Chris Super Star to name but a few and tells the background story to their creation.

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Draw with Don Conroy

Due to the fact that we are all staying at home Don Conroy has made a come back with his very own YouTube channel. Don has created a number of videos for kids of all ages to tune in and “Draw with Don”.

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Leabhair do Pháistí

A full list of Audio Books as Gailge free to listen from website. Podchraoltaí de scéalta as Gaeilge do pháistí ar Soundcloud

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#Give It Back – Covid 19 Resources List

A full list of products and services that have been made free for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dublin Zoo – Live Webcams

Although the Zoo is closed they are still offering a chance to see the animals. Catch a glimpse of the giraffes, zebras and rhinos on the African Savanna, get a birds-eye view of the penguins or watch the wondrous herd of Asian elephants bathe and chomp on their lunch with Dublin Zoo Live Animal Cams.

Dublin Zoo – Live Cams

Dublin Zoo – Activity Books

American Zoo – Live Webcams



GAA Future Leaders

Due to the worldwide Covid19 pandenic, we are living in very different times. The GAA / PDST Future Leaders Solo Challenge is designed to promote positivity, physical activity and wellbeing among young people, while encouraging them to stay at home and follow HSE guidelines at the same time.  It is a student and teacher challenge which will run for a number of weeks. There will be different challenges each week, all linked to the modules in the programme.

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Time to Create – Pinterest

“Time to CREATE” is a special Pinterest page dedicated to inspiration for art, craft, sewing, home & garden projects for everyone. Creating things is good for your wellbeing and their a number of fun projects here to keep you going while at home.

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Coronavirus – A book for children

Nosy Crow Blog presents a free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.

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National Gallery Ireland – Virtual Tour

Explore the wonders of the National Gallery of Ireland’s collection, and take a leisurely stroll around our beautiful galleries from the comfort of your own home in the first in a series of virtual tours.

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Bright Sparks Creative Bursts with Sarah Webb

Created by author Sarah Webb and supported by MoLI, Bright Sparks Creative Bursts is a fantastic new online series of writing games and story prompts. To get lost in a Creative Burst all you need is a pencil and a notebook. The writing games and prompts are aimed at from aged 9+ but could be done with younger children if you give them a bit of help.

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Children’s Books Ireland

Children’s Books Ireland have lots of great resources on their website including a full range of Doodle Starters sheets for the young artist, fantastic themed reading lists to help you choose your next book and the Junior Juries resource packs for this year’s KPMG Children’s Books Ireland awards. They have also brought together Ireland’s leading authors and illustrators to create Imagine Nation a 24 page playbook filled with colouring and writing activities for children all over Ireland to enjoy.

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Kerry Diocesan Youth Service – Online Club

Can’t get out to a youth club then let the youth club come to you. The ‘On-line Club’ is posted every Friday, primarily on the KDYS county-wide snapchat group but is also shared on all KDYS social media platforms. The ‘On-line Club’ is aimed at secondary school aged young people but anyone can join in!



Kilmainham Gaol Museum – Virtual Tour

As we are unable to have visitors Kilmainham Gaol Museam have created an online tour.



Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy Top Tips

Provided by the National Council for Special Education. Click link below to visit their website.



Áras an Uachtaráin – Virtual Tour

Saturday tours of Áras an Uachtaráin may be cancelled but you can take the virtual tour of the house from link below:


Ballysteen GAA Skills Videos

Over the next few weeks Ballysteen GAA will will be providing tips, games and challenges for you to take part in. Videos will focus on different challenges, e.g. foot pass, accurate kicking, etc. Can you replicate or beat the challenge sets? All videos can be found on Ballysteen GAA Twitter Page @BallysteenGAA


Katie Taylor Workout

Irish boxing champion Katie Taylor will be posting a series of boxing circuits over the next few weeks that you can do at home without equipment. All are fully available form Katie’s Twitter page @KatieTaylor




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Church TV

Church Services TV was established in 2005 and streams services over the internet helping parishes and other religious organisations expand their reach across the globe well beyond what was traditionally possible.



Gaisce At Home – Gaisce Sa Bhaile

Gaisce are launching ‘Gaisce At Home’ or ‘Gaisce Sa Bhaile’. Doing Gaisce is a great way to stay active, improve a skill and help in your community (whilst maintaining social distance of course). Young people can answer Ireland’s call too!  It’s not going to be too difficult to think up a skill or physical activity you can undertake whilst at home, and your community action can be at home or ‘from home’ too, so find out what you can volunteer to help with. Everyone can play their part in getting through this challenging time and promoting active citizenship. Ask family members for ideas on what you can do for an hour a week in the various challenges at home. If you’re already registered, you may need to change the activities you’ve been doing towards your Gaisce, to ones that are possible to do in or from home – but don’t worry: we’re here to help!



Amazon Free Audible Books

Amazon today removed the need to subscribe for books and audio stories for students of all ages as long as schools are closed. Students everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages!



Library Borrow Box

Although all public libraries are now closed you can still borrow books from the Library Borrow Box App.

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PE with Joe: Daily live PE workout classes

Starting Monday 23rd March Joe Wicks will be hosting a free workout aimed at kids live on his YouTube channel “The Body Coach TV”.



Short Story Competition from John Boyne

To help foster creativity among Irish children and teenagers during this current crisis, John Boyne is running a SHORT STORY COMPETITION, aimed at 6-18 year olds, with lots of book tokens to give out as prizes.
There are 3 categories:

  • 6-10 year olds
  • 11-14 year olds
  • 15-18 year olds

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Live and Interactive Marine Mammals Feed from Ruby Free

Ruby Free is a Wildlife Guide, Marine Mammal Medic and Outdoor Instructor. She will be providing live and interactive videos on her Instagram feed starting Monday 23rd March.

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Ard Scoil na nDeise Dungarvan – Knitting Challenge

Calling all knitters! We’re involved in a project with Dungarvan Women’s shed making knitted blankets for cancer patients. Squares are in double knitting wool on 4mm needles. Cast on 30 stitches. Finished squares should be 16cm square approx. All help appreciated!

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Kerry College – Free Courses

In response to the Covid19 situation Kerry College are offering all online courses FREE of charge to over 16s.

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BBC Script Competition

The BBC is looking for scripts about self-isolation to be made into short films. The winning scripts will be produced for BBC platforms next month.

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David Walliams Free Audiobooks

David Walliams is giving a free audio book daily to help children of all ages while the schools are closed.

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Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association (ITIA) – Translation Competition for Secondary School Students

Following the successful competition over the last four years, the ITIA is once again organising a translation competition for secondary school students in Ireland. Students are asked to translate an excerpt from a novel or short story from one of the following languages into English: French, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Irish, Italian, Polish, Japanese or Spanish. A prize of €100 will be awarded to the best translation for each language.

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Scoilnet History Competition

In light of the current school closures, the deadline for entries for the Decade of Centenaries Irish History Competition for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2020 has now been extended to Friday 29th May. As part of the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ commemorations, schools and students at all levels of primary and post-primary schools across Ireland are invited, in the 2019-2020 school year, to enter the annual schools’ history competition. The selected themes have a particular link to events of a century ago across the island of Ireland.

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Learn to Code from Home – Online Mini Camps

The Academy of Code online classes offer students the opportunity to learn to code from their own home. Students will need a PC/Mac, headphones, mic and webcam, and broadband internet connection.

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NewsBrands Student Journalism Competition

Secondary school students are being asked to write about their experience of the coronavirus crisis. The winning work will be published in national and local media plus a €200 gift voucher for each student. Deadline for entries is Wednesday 8th of April.

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Chester Beatty’s Digital Collections

Explore online access to Chester Beatty’s remarkable treasures, through this searchable database of digitised artworks and manuscripts. Our digital archive is continually expanding, so make sure you visit again to experience the breadth and diversity of the Chester Beatty collections.

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Creativity at Home with teh Glucksman

The artworkabove is by the artistRichard Proffittand is part of the UCC Art Collection. Climate Action and Sustainability priority strand for the Glucksman’scommunity programmes. We are proud to partner with UCC Green Campus on creative projects that explore environmental issues. Glucksman have a number of art projects which can be done at home including “make your own crayons” and other drawing activities.

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History Extra

If you’re finding yourself with more time on your hands to read about the historical topics you love, head over to HistoryExtra website. We’re offering free access to all subscriber areas of our site, for two weeks (ends 8 April).

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National Council for Special Education Ireland

Teachers and parents may be interested in our latest resource: an overview of useful websites to support Physical Education at home for students with Special Educational Needs including those with a moderate, severe or profound GLD or who may have limited mobility.

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Irish Life – Home Fitness Videos

Our Schools’ Fitness Challenge may be on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help you stay active while maintaining social distance. Irish Life have a number of Home Fitness Videos to keep you active throughout the school closure.

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Futa Fata – Irish Reading

Irish language publishing house, Futa Fata have begun broadcasting a few minutes reading as Gaeilge for little ones at 11am ever morning via their Facebook page and on Instagram too! Futa Fata intend to run these readings from Monday to Friday.

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