•"History is not a luxury but a necessity.'' Never have more accurate words been spoken in relation to the Irish mindset. History is everywhere, it's all around us, defines who we are, follows us around; it speaks to us in different ways.
In Ireland and among the Irish diaspora, we carry it with us all our lives.
I write this in anguish at the proposals to drop history as a subject from the Junior Cert curriculum. We have a rich, enthralling history extending thousands of years. We run the risk of future generations not knowing the history of this rich and rare land. Indeed, Irish history is a core subject in US colleges, European universities and British schools.