Trinity College is spearheading a very worthwhile project to compile what might be termed a 'people's history' of the 1916 Rising, which will focus on the lives of ordinary people of the time rather than the main protagonists in the affair.
"We want to figure out what people were talking about at the time – if the Rising was a topic of conversation for long after it happened or if it faded away quickly," says Dr Susan Schreibman, principal investigator with the project.
To this end, the college is seeking letters and photographs from November 1915 to October 1916 to establish what sort of national conversation was going on around these momentous events and what light it sheds on the lives of ordinary people of the time.
It is hoped that there will be a big response to this worthwhile project, which will be part of the centenary celebrations planned for 2016.
It might also focus the minds of those in the Department of Education who no longer want history to be a mandatory subject in the Junior Cert.
We should all be reminded of the importance of history not only because of the great events it records, but also because it shapes all our lives, whether we are aware of it or not.