All island Decade of Centenaries history competition launched

  • First World War

An all island Decade of Centenaries history competition has been launched for 2017 by the Department of Education and Skills in Ireland. 

Historical events from 1912-1922 formed a vital role in the formation of modern Ireland.

As part of the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ commemorations, schools and students at all levels of primary and post-primary schools across the island of Ireland are invited, in the 2016-17 school year, to enter the fourth annual all-island schools’ history competition. 

The selected themes have a particular link to the events of a century ago across the island of Ireland. This year, at both primary and post-primary levels, there will be specific categories for projects on:

  • Revolution in Ireland – a study of a political/revolutionary event from the 1912-1922 period, a particular aspect of the event, or an individual/group/organisation associated with it.
  • Ireland and the First World War – a study of the Irish experience of the war from the perspective of an individual or group. This could involve a focus on a particular battle or a consideration of the entire 1914-1918 period.
  • Women's history in Ireland during the revolutionary period– a study of a particular individual/group/organisation/movement striving to improve the quality of women’s lives in Ireland in the 1912-1922 period.
  • A local/regional studies theme from a century ago– a study of a particular historical event that affected your local or regional area in the 1912-1922 period.

The competition is open to all primary and post-primary schools across the island. The project can be submitted by a class, a group of students, or an individual student. The closing date will be 13th March 2017, and prizes will be awarded in May. Further queries can also be sent to historyaward@mercierpress.ie.

Click here for more information on the competition and how to enter.