Archives and Libraries

Bureau of Military History

Capuchin Archives, Ireland

Donegal County Archives

National Archives

National Archives – The Treaty Exhibition

National Archives DMP Movement of Extremists

National Archives – Census of Ireland, 1901 & 1911

National Gallery of Ireland Archives

National Library – The Dublin Lockout

National Library – Digital Photographs Online

National Library – Case Studies

National Library – Yeats: The Life and Works of WB Yeats

National Library – The 1916 Rising: Personalities and Perspectives

National Library (NLIreland) on Twitter

National Library – JFK Homecoming

Royal Irish Academy

RTÉ Archives

Trinity College Library – 1641 depositions

Trinity College, The Down Survey

Irish Archives Association

Dublin City Public Libraries_1916 Resource List

Cork City Library_Cork Past & Present

Cork City and County Archives

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Organisations and Societies

Society of Archivists, Ireland

Holocaust Educational Trust

The Military History Society of Ireland

Co. Kildare Archaeological Society


External Podcasts

The 2013 Michael Littleton Memorial Lecture titled: ‘Remembering the 1913 Lockout: its sources, impact and some lessons’ delivered by Úacharán na hÉireann,

History Ireland – Hedge Schools

Talking History with Lindsey Earner-Byrne & Patrick Geoghegan

RTE History Show

RTÉ – The History Show (Sunday, 2nd October 2011) – Diarmaid Ferriter interviews the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, T.D.

Near fm 90.3 The History Show

RTE Look and Listen (from the archives)


What If the Eucharistic Congress had not taken place in 1932?

What If DeValera had signed the Treaty

What If DeValera had said yes to Churchill’s offer of unity in 1941

What If Clann na Phoblachta had won more seats in the 1947 general Election

What If James Connolly had survived 1916

What If Michael Collins had survived the Civil War

What If Parnell had lived

Why History Matters Quotes

“How can what is not only dead and gone, but remote and sometimes alien, have any practical bearing on today’s world? The answer is that, paradoxically, the value of the past lies precisely in what is different from our world. By giving us another vantage point, it enables us to look at our own circumstances with sharper vision, alert to the possibility that they might have been different, and that they will probably turn out differently in the future.”

John Tosh, Why History Matters“Unlike historians school pupils will not claim to generate ‘new’ public knowledge from the study of (selected) historical evidence; they will generate new private understanding”.
As a result, the world’s most efficient and effective education systems, from Finland to Singapore, have some strikingly common characteristics: they are unremitting in their focus on the core skills of literacy and numeracy, but they set those skills in the wider context of developing higher-order complex thinking.
Most of all, they take equality seriously: they focus, in a way which education systems historically did not, on ensuring that all – not just a privileged few – develop the higher-order skills needed to use and analyse information, and that they have access to rewarding higher-level training. Put at its crudest, conventional subjects still matter, but they need to be taught and learnt in innovative ways”.
Chris Husbands, (2013)

Social Media and Branch Websites



Museums and Projects


Glasnevin Museum

GAA archives

National Museum of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland_Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising

National Museum of Ireland_Collections

National Museum of Ireland Kildare St_Explore and Learn_Archaeology

National Museum of Ireland_Turlough Park_Country Life_schools programme

Waterford County Museum

Emo Court History

The Castletown Virtual Tour, Co. Kildare

My Adopted Soldier

Portals and Journals

Scoilnet – Portal for Irish education

Scoilnet – History JC

Irish History online

History Hub, UCD

Century Ireland website

Placenames Database of Ireland

Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG)

BBC History

The Library of Congress

Centre for History and the New Media

History Matters

American experience

The History Teacher


History Ireland [Journal]

Irish Times Digital Archives (Available free to schools and public libraries)

Index to the Sword (Journal of the Military History Society of Ireland), 1993 – 2003

Curriculum and Syllabus information

Junior Certificate

Syllabus document

Revised Guidelines (1996)

NCCA_Junior Certificate_Fact_Sheet

PDST website _evaluation and assessment information:SEC exam resources

Leaving Certificate

PDST website _evaluation and assessment information:SEC exam resources

HIST: Online site for Leaving Certificate History

Research Study Report

A Student Guide to the Research Report

Department of Education and Skills

2016 ‘Decade of Centenaries’ All-Island Schools History Competition

DES_History Inspection Reports and Publications

Why History Matters

Article by the late Sir Geoffrey Elton

critique of Elton’s philosophy of history_Geoffey Roberts

All people are living histories – which is why History matters



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