History Competitions (UCC & TCD) - Cash Prizes to be Won!

History Competitions

The Universities of Trinity and Cork are both hosting History competitions for secondary school pupils and the prizes are worth a look.

University College Cork, in conjunction with the Department of Education, is offering among other goodies the opportunity to be published. The deadline for their 'Decade of Centenaries' competition is 20th March 2020. Full details can be found below.

Decade of Centenaries Competition Downloads

Overview  |  Entry Requirements  |  Possible Sources  |  Poster  |  Cover Page Template 

Trinity College Dublin's 'Book of Kells Creative Competition' has an entry deadline of 30th October 2019 and the cash prizes (for individuals, schools and clubs) are too good to be ignored. Full entry details can be found at www.tcd.ie/visitors/competition/.  


Junior Cert History Pupils Get the 1800s Experience

Ulster American Folk Park CCSClasses 3A & 3F Visit the Ulster-American Folk Park (photo album)

History pupils from 3A and 3F went back in time on Tuesday, 26th April as they paid a visit to the Ulster-American Folk Park outside Omagh. It's only a slight exaggeration to suggest that the Folk Park experience is akin to time travel. The tour began with a wander around an 1820s Irish village, complete with, among other old-fashioned bits and pieces, authentic period-style shops, a pub, a schoolhouse and a blacksmith. The blacksmith proudly demonstrated his art and allowed a couple of the pupils to try their hands. After visiting several inhabited cottages, the pupils were left well aware of the hardships of the early 1800s. But they also got a taste of the routine jobs of the era that these days would be considered niche skills.

Further down the road, the pupils bought sweets from an authentic shopkeeper circa 1835. Then it was straight on the boat for a six-week voyage to the land of opportunity and the American dream. But, as the captain pointed out, this was not going to be plain sailing…The trip (six weeks if you were lucky) would be beset by cabin fever, sickness and quite possibly death. The human cargo was consigned to the belly of the boat at all times. The unpleasant conditions were graphically described. And when the question of toilet facilities arose, the pupils were left with a vividly grim picture of transatlantic travel during the mid-1800s.

All the pupils managed to reach America safely (through a special door). There they were greeted by the American equivalent of an Irish village. They learned of the opportunities afforded those fortunate enough to survive the voyage westward - trade agreements, thriving industries and all the land you could handle.

The concept of the Ulster-American Folk Park is to paint a real-life picture of the hardships and opportunities in Ireland and America during the 1800s. It certainly did that. The pupils will be able to add an extra dimension to the Junior Cert history answers in a few weeks’ time.

Junior Pupils Go Back in Time with UAFP

Ulster American CCS Trip

On Wednesday, 16th May, nineteen students from 2nd and 3rd year went to the Ulster American Folk Park on an educational trip. The lucky students were transported back in time to experience the lives and journeys of Irish people during the Famine. They watched the work of a blacksmith and boarded the reconstructed 'Brig Union' ship to imagine the journey from Ireland to America during the 1800s. Most students agreed they were more appreciative of their homes and modes of transport today, although the hearth cooked scone bread went down a treat! A great time was shared by all.

Sixth Year History Trip to Derry

History Trip Derry

Sixth Year History Trip photo album

55 History students in 6th year recently visited the Free Derry Museum and partook in a walking tour of the Bogside with their teachers - Mr. Colm Doherty, Ms. Majella Doherty and Ms. Marie Mc Laughlin. They learned about the unfolding of events of Bloody Sunday by locals who witnessed events on that fateful day in 1972. They also visited the Siege Museum and the Apprentice Boys Hall. Visits to both museums gave the group a greater understanding of the need of the Civil Rights Movement and the Apprentice Boys to commemorate their religious and cultural identity. It was an informative day and will help greatly with the pupils' study of the politics and society of Northern Ireland.