Saturday 24 June 2017

Saving history

•"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.

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