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Conference 2015 - Limerick - October 2nd to 4th

Please find below links to documentation in relation to our upcoming annual Conference:

1. Cover Letter 2. Programme 2a. Programme (Gaeilge) 3. Booking Form 4. Directions & Accommodation 5. Membership 6. Membership (Gaeilge) 7. Branch Contacts

Conference 2014 - Podcast

Keynote Address, 1914 – John Redmond's Year of Decision Dr. Ron an Fanning, Professor Emeritus of Modern History, U.C.D. (mp3)

Conference 2014 - Waterford
Please find below links to documentation in relation to our upcoming annual Conference:

1. Flier 2. Cover Letter 3. Programme 4. Workshops Info 5. Conference Form

6. Directions 7. Membership 8. Membership (Gaeilge)

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Threat to School History
H.T.A.I.  is very concerned that proposals outlined in the Framework Document, published by the Minister for Education and Skills, will result in the removal of History from the core of subjects for the Junior Cert., where it has been for the vast majority of students since the foundation of the state


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Minister insists history won't be forgotten
Katherine Donnelly Education Editor, Irish Independent – 19 September 2013

"Arising from the NCCA Report "Towards a Framework for the Junior Cycle" to ask  the Minster for Education to assure Seanad Éireann that History will be reinstated as a core subject for the Junior Certificate"[Independent Senators – Taoiseach's Nominees]
Seanad Éireann Private Members Business, 16.45, 18th September, 2013
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Compulsory history, an anathema
Prof Tom Collins is former president of NUI Maynooth and chair of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Irish Times, 18th September, 2013


Irish history- will it be understood in the future?
The Irish Post, 12th September, 2013

Don't throw the stories of our past away
Doireann Ní Bhriain, Irish Times, 7th September, 2013

'Lest we forget to ask hard questions'
John Paul McCarthy, Sunday Independent, 26th August, 2013

The Future of History - Are we teaching the Kids to forget the Past?
Ciaran Brady, Professor of Early Modern History and Historiography, TCD, in conversation with Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, UCD (The Right Hook, Newstalk, 19th August, 2013
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Removing history, as a compulsory subject from the proposed new junior cycle should be opposed
Patrick Nulty, TD, Dublin West, 14th August 2013


Dropping compulsory history is 'a devastatingly bad' idea
Patrick Wallace, former Director of the National Museum of Ireland, Parnell Summer School, 12th Augus, 2013

History students will no longer tolerate or believe grand narratives
Ireland has torn itself apart in the name of a single view of history a history filled with myth and prejudice, rather than scrutinised with irony and intelligence
Colm Tóibín, The Guardian, Saturday 10 August 2013

Teaching of history is no longer stuck in the past, so let's not leave it there
Ciaran Brady, Professor of Early Modern History and Historiography, TCD, Ir ish Independent, 7 August, 2013

Quinn takes aim at historians over Junior Cert criticism
Irish Independent, 2nd August, 2013


History must be valued but it also has to be taught well
Editorial, Irish Independent, 2nd August, 2013


Address by Ruairí Quinn, TD, Minister for Education and Skills at the MacGill Summer School, 1st August ...
'My view is that, wherever possible, choices need to be made by students and by schools. Those choices should be supported by the state. Much of the discourse in this space is dominated by supporters of one particular subject – history'. ...
... 'Historians owe a duty to the country to show why their domain of knowledge matters (and it does), and why 12 year olds and their parents should take heed. Historians must advocate, argue and defend. But the target of their discourse should not be the state.
Their conversations should be with the students who matter, and their parents.
They should seek to influence, not to coerce'.


Dáil Questions,4th July, Deputy Patrick Nulty to Deputy Ciarán Cannon (replying on behalf of the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Quinn). in his reply he stated ... Curriculum choice is an important factor in motivating students to learn and in encouraging them to remain in school to the completion of the senior cycle. ....
... The role of history in the new junior cycle will be balanced against the contribution of the other subjects in enabling students to engage with a new broad and enriched junior cycle programme that meets the requirements of the principle statements of learning and key skills.

Dáil Questions, 3rd July, Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan to Minister Ruairí Quinn. in his reply he stated ...
'I am sympathetic to the study of history right through to sixth year' ...

'What the History Teachers Association of Ireland should do is engage actively with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment to discuss how their concerns can be addressed within the new curriculum'. ...

'The History Teachers Association of Ireland certainly has articulated these concerns and all I would say to those teachers is to engage productively with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, NCCA, to work with it and to ensure the core values of an historical education are retained within the new curricular development. While I do not believe there is any conflict there at all, I recognise many teachers are fearful and I wish to address those fears'.

Joint Committee on Education and Skills

The Association made a very successful presentation to the  meeting of the Joint Committee on Education and Skills on Wednesday 12 June 2013 in Committee Room 3 at 1.00.p.m.
The Topic under discussion - New Changes to Junior Cert Curriculum [History Teachers Association of Ireland and Department of Education and Skills]

HTAI delegates: Gerard Hanlon, Niamh Crowley, Granú Dwyer together with Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, UCD and Ms Catriona Crowe, National Archives.

Media Coverage

Archived reports and recent research 'threattohistory'

This page, contains updated informtion on the current campaign and international research on the role and importance of history in the curriculum. (July, 2013)

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    "Adopt a WWI Soldier"
    A group of students will visit the Somme battlefield region of northern France in late June 2015. A total of 32 students from all over the island of Ireland will undertake this trip. The project is open to students with an interest in History in either Transition Year or 5th Year in the Republic of Ireland or in Years 12/13 in Northern Ireland. Why not get involved!

    See more details here (Word) >>

    Conference 2014
    This year's conference will be hosted by the Waterford branch.
    A provisional progrramme will be published before the end of the school year

    All-Island Schools History Competition
    Launcht of an All-Island Schools History Competition: a joint initiative between the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland and Department of Education in the North of Ireland.

    Comórtas Aiste Staire tré mheán na Gaeilge 2014
    Treoir agus Coinníollachadownload

    The Links page is a directory of links to Archives, Libraries, Museums and Projects of interest to history teachers and their students. Latest (updated 10th September, 2013) >>

    Deirdre Clancy Medal 2013
    Congratulations to the the 2013 winner, John Moroney, Headford and his teachesr, James Shovelin and Fiona Tuffy.

    Conference 2012 Podcasts
    Keynote Address, Commemoration and Irish History: Who should commemorate, what and why? David Fitzpatrick, Professor of Modern History, TCD.
    Q&A, Commemoration and Irish History: Who should commemorate, what and why? David Fitzpatrick, Professor of Modern History, TCD.

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