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The All-Island 'Decade of Centenaries' History competition 2017

The Department of Education and Skills, in cooperation with the School of History at University College Cork, Mercier Press and ‘History Ireland’ is delighted to announce the category winners in the 2017 All-Island Schools History Competition, as follows:

Primary School Category

Women’s History in Ireland, 1912-1922

‘The key in the cake: Kathleen Talty and de Valera’s escape from Lincoln Jail’

Bobby Power, 5th Class, CBS Primary, Ennis, Co. Clare

Local/Regional Issues

Máire Ní Shíthe’

6th Class, Timoleague National School, Timoleague, Co. Cork

Ireland and the First World War

John Redmond’s speech at Tuam, December 1914: its origins and effect’

Rang a 6, Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha, Tír an Chóir, Tuaim, Co. na Gaillimhe

Revolution in Ireland

Military manoeuvres: the forgotten Battle of Pike’s Bridge’

‘The History Squad’, 6th Class, Scoil na Mainistreach, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Post-Primary School Category

Women’s History in Ireland, 1912-1922

‘Dr Ada English’

Maitiú Breathnach, Catholic University School, Leeson Street, Dublin

Local/Regional Issues

‘The story of Mary O’Dwyer: “More a Volunteer than a member of Cumann na mBan”’

Oisín Ó Síocháin, Gaelcholáiste Choilm, Baile an Chollaigh, Co. Chorcaí

Revolution in Ireland

‘Tomás Malone (alias Seán Forde) (1896-1981):“Westmeath’s Freedom Fighter, 1912-1922”’

(T.Y.P. 2)  St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Rochfortbridge, Co. Westmeath

The decade 2012-2022 is categorised as the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ as it marks the centenary of a number of important historical events and developments that occurred in the period 1912-1922, and which 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 that year. Further queries can also be sent to

The all-island schools history competition is intended to complement the history curriculum at primary and post-primary level. The competition is entirely optional and is not intended to place any additional burden on schools.