Curriculum and Syllabus

Decade of Centenaries Schools Irish History Competition for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2021

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 Ireland are invited, in the 2020/2021 school year, to enter the annual schools’ history competition. The selected themes have a particular link to events of a century ago across the island of Ireland.

Topics

This year, at both primary and post-primary levels, projects are invited under the following general headings. Please note that all categories can incorporate a local/regional studies theme:

  • 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. As with the other categories, this can incorporate a local/regional studies theme.
  • 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, an individual participant’s story or a consideration of the entire 1914–1918 period.
  • Women during the revolutionary period in Ireland – a study of a particular individual/group/organisation/movement striving to improve the quality of women’s lives or involved in revolutionary activity in Ireland in the 1912–1922 period
  • War of Independence – a study of a political/revolutionary event from the 1919–1921 period, a particular aspect of the event, or an individual/group/organisation associated with  it.
  • Civil War - a study of a particular individual/ organisation/ group/ movement/ event during the civil war in Ireland and its impact

Each project must include a cover sheet at the front (a template cover sheet is available to download below) and a bibliography listing the sources consulted.

 i. Essay Competition – Primary and Post Primary

The maximum word count for projects is 2,000 words at primary level (i.e. for projects submitted by a class, group of pupils or an individual pupil), and 4,000 words at post primary level (i.e. for projects submitted by a class, group of students or individual student). Projects may be submitted in either English or Irish.

All projects must be submitted as word documents to historycompetition@ucc.ie. PowerPoint presentations cannot be accepted.

ii. Transition Year Video Competition

This year, we have included a special video competition for Transition Year students. The video can be on any of the topics listed above. The video must be no more than 5 mins in length and must cite all sources. It can be submitted in a variety of ways –it can be uploaded to a private page on YouTube or Vimeo with the link emailed and all supplementary information, references etc., emailed to historyvideocompetition@education.gov.ie.

A link can also be sent via WeTransfer or the video can be recorded on to a DVD and posted to History Video Competition, Curriculum and Assessment Policy Unit, Department of Education, Marlborough St, Dublin 1.

There are many websites available to give assistance to both teachers and students in the creation of a video project, among these are:

  • digitalstory.ie 
  • físfilmpostprimary.ie
  • scoilnet.ie

For both the essay competition and the video competition references must be included, candidates need to be aware of the copyright limitations on songs and images, as well as text. Further information in this regard can be found on icla.ie and via the patents office, iopi.ie.

Deadline for submissions:

The deadline for receipt of completed projects is 30 April 2021 with the winners being announced, and prizes awarded, before the end of September 2021.

Projects must be submitted online to the following email address: historycompetition@ucc.ie. Each project must include a cover sheet at the front (a template cover sheet is available to download below) and a bibliography listing the sources consulted.