Enter: The decade of centenaries all-Ireland history contest
School pupils with an interest in history have an opportunity to put their skills to the test in the Decade of Centenaries All-island History Competition.
The Department of Education and Skills is joining with a number of other bodies to organise the competition, which is open to primary and post-primary students. This competition is co-sponsored by the DES, the Department of Education in Northern Ireland, the School of History at UCC and Mercier Press.
It will be organised for the third year in 2015/2016. This year, there will be a specific category for projects on the 1916 Rising, as well as other categories on Ireland and the First World War, women's history in Ireland in the revolutionary period, and a local/regional studies option.
The competition is open to schools across the island and is also supported by RTÉ and 'History Ireland'. Full details, and the template cover sheet for projects, will be available to download at www.education.ie/historycompetition while further queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date is March 4 2016. Prizes will be awarded in May.
This year's winners of the Decade of Centenaries competition came from CBS Primary school in Dundalk, Co Louth and St Joseph's Secondary School in Rochfortbridge, Co Westmeath.
* There will also be an Ireland 2016 award for achievement in Junior Certificate history with a prize, based on each of the 1916 signatories, for seven students who perform exceptionally well in the 2016 exam. The prizes will be awarded on a geographical basis.
* Ireland 2016 History Lesson Plans: The Department of Education has supported the Royal Irish Academy to develop post-primary history lesson plans focussed on objects from the 'Ireland in 100 objects' series. These lesson plans complement primary level lesson plans that were published in 2013 and are available at http://www.100objects.ie/portfolio-items/post-primary-lesson-plans.