1916 Rising supplements 'will bring history alive'
Published 15/10/2015 | 02:30
A ground-breaking collection of magazines on the 1916 Rising, being published by the Irish Independent, will "bring history alive", according to Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys.
The minister said the Irish Independent 1916 Collection, in partnership with UCD and Ireland 2016, will recall one of the seminal events in the shaping of modern Ireland.
Speaking at the announcement of the Ireland 2016 partnership with the Irish Independent, Ms Humphreys said the series will provide an invaluable learning resource in the country's classrooms.
Ms Humphreys said the series will also provide a vivid portrayal of "what life was like" through the period.
"This series of supplements will bring the events of 1916 into homes across the country and are a fantastic addition to the extensive State commemorative programme for next year," she said at the launch in Ballybay Community College in Co Monaghan.
Irish Independent Editor Fionnán Sheahan said no stone was left unturned to produce the most comprehensive and incisive portrayal of the events and personalities surrounding the Rising.
Accessible Mr Sheahan said it was a tremendous honour for the Irish Independent and UCD to enter into a partnership with Ireland 2016 on this collection.
"Combining academic scholarship with journalism, this series aims to record and analyse the history and the politics, but also the social and political aspects of the rebellion.
"Vitally, the Collection will be as accessible as possible, as relevant to history buffs as those with a passing interest, whose conscience has been heightened by the anniversary," he said.
Mr Sheahan pointed out this was a period in our history which affected every strata of Irish life.
The supplements feature contributions from leading historians and academics in UCD. UCD lecturer in Irish History, Dr Conor Mulvagh said it was a "great honour" to be involved in the supplements.
"The schools aspect of this initiative is particularly important, because we want to engage students, not so much with the history, but with the thematic approach to this particular decade of centenaries.
"We want them to look at it from a peace and reconciliation perspective, from an international perspective, and a cross-border perspective," he said.
Ballybay Community College principal Moya Lynch said the magazines will prove a rich resource for teachers in the classroom.
"They're excellent because they're in an easy-to-read format - with colour and visually engaging graphics," she said.
l Don't miss your official guide to the Ireland 2016 Youth and Imagination Programme in today's Irish Independent, and begin your 1916 collection tomorrow with Part 1: 'Patrick Pearse and The Road to Rebellion'.