Birth of a Nation

Course Overview

This course gives you the background to the 1916 Rising. It explores the effects of WW1 on the potential new state. It follows on from this to the civil war before setting the scene for the foundation of the new state and explores the challenges that come with the foundation of the new state. Informative and though provoking.

Learning outcomes

  • Develop an awareness of the place and importance of the 1916 Rising in Irish history as one aspect of the overall development of reading.
  • Engage with the variables of comprehension for each of the modules of history being studied.
  • Become aware of the need to explicitly teach strategies for historical comprehension and understanding with their own classes.
  • Become familiar with and explore a range of comprehension strategies and approaches for the teaching of these strategies.
  • Explore the application of comprehension strategies in history and investigate other opportunities for developing such strategies.
  • Use ICT as a means for developing historical research.
  • Plan for the development of further reseach on the rolerisingin the context of Irish history as part of wider school planning.
  • Become more aware of progression in historical comprehension from middle levels to senior level and its progression into second level.
  • Be enthused to bring their ideas into their own classrooms and to share these ideas with other teachers.

About the Author

Art Ó Súilleabháin

Art Ó Súilleabháin practised as a primary school teacher, first in St. Pat’s School in Drumcondra and then as Principal of Burriscarra NS in Mayo.

He then went on to become the ICT Advisor for Mayo before becoming Director of Mayo Education Centre. He learned his Irish from the age of eight when he moved to Corr na Móna, having been brought up in Boston (USA).

He went on to publish a number of books in Irish for children before being co-author on a series of grammar books for children (published by in 2019). He taught Irish in the CUA, a university in Washington DC as part of the Fulbright programme in 2018/19. He now lives in the Gaeltacht, in Corr na Móna, Co. na Gaillimhe.

Course Access & Certification

This course runs from Monday 4th July - Friday 19th August.

Registration is now open and the last date for registration is Wednesday 17th August.

Access to the course closes at 5pm on 19th August for all participants.


This course is approved for E.P.V. certification by the Department of Education

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