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Free online Irish history course from Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin are offering free online courses on Irish history covering the vastly important years of 1912-1923.

Some of the most significant events in Irish history took place during those years, such as the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War.

The university‘s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland’s History 1912-1923 is yet to confirm a start date, but applicants can register their interest now to be receive alerts once a start date is set. It is available to anyone with internet access.

Online Irish history course from Trinity College Dublin

The college ran the same course in March 2016 and thousands of people took part. More than half of the participants were born outside Ireland. Many were of Irish descent from countries with a big Irish diaspora such as the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, France and Spain.

It is hoped that the course will be equally popular this time. It will last six weeks and participants will need to study for around five hours per week. Students will be able to learn via video, assignment and online discussion.

Ciarán Brady, professor at Trinity College told the Irish examiner: “Our aim is to question that there is a single narrative or an easy explanation of the past. We want to challenge the silent assumption that there can be one authoritative voice claiming to have all the answers.”

The course not only looks at the huge events that took place during that period but also at the lives of the men, women and children who lived through them.

To register for the course visit the website

Take a look at the course video below