A new virtual newspaper called Century Ireland has gone live. The Century Ireland Project aims to tell the story of Ireland 100 years ago through an online nespaper reporting events of the time. It is part of the Irish government’s century commemorations covering the years 1913-1923. The accounts featured will come from contemporary newspapers. They will appear alongside modern commentary. There will also be a blog and twitter feed.
May 15, 2013
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April 8, 2013
Margaret Thatcher, former British Conservative Prime Minister died this morning aged 87, following a stroke. Read the Irish Time report here.
For 6th Years currently studying Northern Ireland, this BBC report makes the point that her tenure was “shaped by Ireland”. The short video at the top of the page contains good footage of Thatcher, and is a good, brief overview of her reign in relation to Northern Ireland. It includes most of the main points you would include in an essay on Thatcher’s impact on Northern Ireland.
March 25, 2013
Homework for 3 Poyntz and 3 Rookwood
1. Go to examinations.ie and download the 2002 exam paper at the appropriate level for you (Higher or Ordinary). Do question 3 (short-answer questions). We will go through these in class after Easter.
2. From your revision workbook, pick ANY topic you feel you need to revise and do the short-answer questions on it. I will correct this after Easter.
3. For Higher Level ONLY: Study any ONE section from 2nd Year:
Explorations; Reformation; Plantations; Revolutions; OR From Farm to Factory.
Pick any corresponding Question 5 from the past papers that you have not done already (see below).
GIVE YOURSELF 25 MINUTES WITHOUT YOUR BOOK.
I will correct this after Easter.
1997 → Plantations
1998 → Explorations
1999 → The Industrial Revolution
2000 → Explorations
2001 → Plantations
2002 → Reformation
2003 → Revolutions
2004 → Industrial England and Rural Ireland
2005 → Explorations
2006 → Rural Ireland
2007 → Reformation
2008 → Revolutions
2009 → Plantations
2010 → Explorations
2011 → Industrial England and Rural Ireland
2012 → Reformation
March 25, 2013
I hope you are enjoying a well-deserved break. Here is your revision work to be done over the Easter break.
Under timed conditions do any ONE essay from EACH of the three topics:
Dictatorship and Democracy (Answer one):
1. Who had the greater impact on Church-State relations in their country, Hitler or Mussolini?
2. What were the causes and consequences of Stalin’s Show Trials?
3. What did one or more of the following achieve in Britain during the period 1920-1945:
J.M. Keynes; those who took part in the Jarrow March, October 1936; Winston Churchill?
4. To what extent can Hitler be blamed for causing World War II?
Pursuit of Sovereignty and Impact of Partition (Answer one):
1. Why were the years 1912-1918 important in Irish history?
2. To what extent can the period of 1922-1932 be described as a turbulent period in the history of the Irish Free State?
3. Whose government handled the economy of Ireland better during the period 1922-1939: W.T. Cosgrave’s or Eamon de Valera’s?
4. How was cultural identity expressed and promoted in Ireland, north and south, during the period 1920-1945?
Politics and Society in Northern Ireland (Answer one):
1. To what extent can Terence O’Neill be described as a reforming Prime Minister?
2. What was the impact of the Troubles on the society and economy of Northern Ireland?
3. What was the significance of the Sunningdale Agreement and the Power Sharing Executive, 1973-4?
4. What impact did Margaret Thatcher have on Northern Ireland during her time as Prime Minister?
March 14, 2013
6th Years – while your time in school may be almost up, there is still time for one more History outing! On 10 April, 6th Year History students will attend a screening of The Forgotten Genocide. This will be followed by a panel discussion. This is an excellent opportunity and should not be missed. Further details can be found on the poster below.
March 5, 2013
I hope you all enjoyed History Week. The main highlights were the visits from our guest speakers – former Tánasite Dick Spring; Elizabeth O’Gorman; former Irish Army member Joe Garland; and our visitors, Gary and Kurt, from the Dublin Living History Society. In addition there were many successful competitions, and our school library was at the centre of a very special temporary museum and display. Pictures of all the events can be found at the top of this blog under the tab “History Week 2012-2013″. The week was a great success and the History Department is looking forward to doing something similar next year.
Thank you to everyone who contributed something on loan to the temporary museum. It could not have been the great success it was without your contributions.
Well done to everyone who entered the various competitions. Below is a list of the winners:
3rd Year Class quiz – joint winners – 3 Babthorpe and 3 Rookwood.
TY Art Competition: Emily Torpey – Her painting, Stonehenge by Night, is the picture at the top of this post.
Senior History Table Quiz: “The Blitzchicks”
Caption Competition: Kate Fitzgerald
‘History Hamper’ raffle: Becky Kavanagh