For senior cycle students and teachers, there is a requirement to engage in a balanced, investigative and enquiry-based approach to examining and exploring the evidence surrounding the Irish War of Independence.

Teaching emotive history In the Leaving Certificate classroom, the War of Independence 1919 to 1921 is taught as part of the topic, “The pursuit of s(...)

The Custom House, then centre of local government, burns in May 1921. The operation to destroy it involved nearly 200 Volunteers. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

The first six months of 1921 were by far the most violent period of the Irish War of Independence. In late 1920, a halt to the violence had looked p(...)

The front page of French newspaper Le Petit Journal, December 5th, 1920, depicting British police attacking a farm in Tipperary occupied by Sinn Féin members. Photograph: Leemage/UIG via Getty Images

There was more than one war of Independence being fought in Ireland in 1920. Alongside an increasingly intense military conflict, there were political(...)

 Harland and Wolff shipyard workers in the TV series Titanic - Blood and Steel.  It is  estimated that in July 1920, 7,000 workers – Catholics and socialists – were expelled from the shipyards

The traditional narrative of the War of Independence identifies the dates of the conflict as encompassing the period from January 21st, 1919, until th(...)

Gardaí patrolling a quiet Henry Street in Dublin on Easter Sunday. Despite isolated incidents, public compliance with draconian Covid-19 legislation remains extremely high. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Irish cholera outbreak of 1832 can teach us a lot about the current coronavirus pandemic. Like today, the crisis saw a desperate search for quick (...)

Robert O’Hara Burke (left) and William John Willis, who were first to cross Australia from Melbourne in the south to the Gulf of Carpentaria in the north. They died on their way back as they struggled to reach a rescue party. Images: Getty

One of the most impressive statues in Melbourne commemorates Irishman Robert O’Hara Burke and his second-in-command William John Wills, who attempted (...)

Britain’s Prince William sings a visitors’ book next to his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as they meet President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, at Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge discussed the implications of Brexit with President Michael D Higgins during the first day of their Irish tour. Pri(...)

Outgoing Minister of State Michael D’Arcy says Fine Gael being in government for nine years and seeking a third term made it a ‘tough campaign’ for the party. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The biggest issue that Fine Gael faced during the election campaign was its inability to counter Sinn Féin’s promise to return the State pension age t(...)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Loughborough, UK. Photograph: Getty Images

Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to visit Galway city as part of their first official visit to Ireland. The visit has been welcomed by th(...)

Cumann na nGaedheal and Fianna Fáil posters from 1932 election.

It was a February election in which the government had been in power for a decade and was accused of being out-of-touch and elitist. The government p(...)

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