HTAI organises an annual in-service conference for history teachers, which is part-funded by the Teacher Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills.

Each conference examines historical themes of interest to classroom teachers.

National Conference 2019: Mullingar Park Hotel. 

Click here to view the 2019 conference programme.

Past National Conferences

Year Branch Title Keynote address


CEC Looking back ,Thinking forward: Inspiring a new generation of History students
Catriona Crowe 
‘The Hammer and the Pen: The Campaign for Women’s Suffrage in Ireland ‘


Kerry Revolution & Change

Dr. Geoffrey Roberts
'The Russian Revolution and Its Impact'

2016 Dublin Teaching 1916 in 2016, the Revolutionary Decade in Retrospect

Roy Foster
'Remembering the Future: The Memory and Ownership of Easter 1916'

2015  North Munster Towards 1916 Tomi Reichental,
'I was a boy in Belsen'
2014 Waterford  History Teaching: Challenges, Opportunities & Strategies Dr Ronan Fanning,  Emeritus Professor of History,
' 1914 - John Redmond's year of decision'
 2013 Galway History, Memory and Public Commemoration Professor Diarmuid Ferriter, UCD,
'The Irish Revolution 1913-192:: History, Memory and Commemoration
 2012 Cork Commemoration and History Professor David Fitzpatrick,  TCD
Commemoration and Irish History:who should commemerate what and why?
2011 Kerry  History Matters :the Future of Our Past  Dr Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Emeritus Professor of History, NUIG: Why History Matters 
 2010  Dublin  "The Wind of Change" Teaching History today: new topics, different perspectives, all levels Dr Hugh Gough, UCD
Contextualising the case study: Race Relations in France in the 1980s
2009  Sligo  2009 A Year of Anniversaries  Dr Michael Laffan, UCD
The Impact of the first Dáil, 1919
2008  Waterford  Bridging the divide with Northern Ireland:the challenge for History teachers  Mr Steven King
Revisiting Past Events: the Challenge of Northern Ireland
2007  Midlands  History for a Changing Ireland  Dr Diarmaid Ferriter, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra:
A Life of Turbulent Self-Assertion: A reassessment of the career and legacy of Eamon de Valera
2006  Limerick  Taking History into the Future  Dr. Martin Mansergh, Senator and Historian Reflections on the 1916 Rising
 2005  Cork  History at Second Level:good practice and effective teaching Professor Donnacha Ó Corráin, UCC
 2004  Dublin  New Directions in History at Second Level  Dr. Robert Kirkpatrick, DES
Dr. Padraic Harvey, SEC
The Way Forward for History Teachers: some insights
 2003 Galway The Challenges of History Teaching Professor Nicholas Canny, UCG:
The Challenges of history teaching
 2002  Waterford  Celebrating History Professor Roy Foster, University of Oxford:
Intimate Enmities: Antagonisms in Irish History
 2001   Cork Using History  Mr Mitchell McLoughlin, Sinn Féin
Professor Joe Lee, UCC:
Reinterpretating History
 2000  Dublin Documenting the past, preparing for the future Dr Pauric Travers, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra
 1999  Kerry  People and Places  Dr Mary Daly, UCD:
Interpretations of History: Ireland in the Twentieth Century
 1998  North Connaught 1798: the Local and the National  Professor Tom Bartlett, UCD:
Tone and 1798
1997  Cork  The Scattering: The Global Irish Diaspora  Professor Declan Kiberd UCD:
Culture and Exile: The Global Irish
1996 Navan History: Past, Present and Future Professor Joe Lee UCC:
Why We Need History
 1995  Galway  Expanding Horizons in the History Curriculum  Prof. Gearóid ÓTuathaigh, UCG:
Cultural Nationalism in Modern Ireland
1994  Waterford History in schools: challenges and opportunities Dr John O'Brien UCC: Substance and Topicality