Wednesday 28 September 2016

Students can now feel the pulse of history

Published 15/10/2015 | 02:30

Pictured at the announcement of the Ireland 2016 partnership with the Irish Independent and unveiling of the Irish Independent 1916 Collection supplement at Ballybay Community College in Ballybay Co Monaghan was Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD and Irish Independent Editor Fionnan Sheahan with some of the students
Pictured at the announcement of the Ireland 2016 partnership with the Irish Independent and unveiling of the Irish Independent 1916 Collection supplement at Ballybay Community College in Ballybay Co Monaghan was Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD and Irish Independent Editor Fionnan Sheahan with some of the students

As our language wanes and dies, the golden legends of the far-off centuries fade and pass away. No one sees their influence upon culture; no one sees their educational power," so wrote Douglas Hyde, our first president.

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Educational power should never be taken for granted. Today we launch a special series of supplements, the Irish Independent 1916 Collection, to bring the pulse of history into the classroom. The series aims to explain the significance of the 1916 Rising to new generations.

The Rising was a watershed that shaped this nation. Like all revolutions it was uncompromising and complex.

As Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys said, these publications recall a seminal event in the shaping of modern Ireland. The 10 special issues are intended to give a glimpse of what life was truly like during this momentous period. As UCD historian Dr Conor Mulvagh said: "We want them to look at it from a peace and reconciliation perspective, from an international perspective, and a cross-border perspective."

Hopefully, they will make the past seem less far away and create a better understanding not just for today, but also for tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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