Saints, scholars, sportsmen and soldiers: How religion, politics, education, sports and war shaped Irish identity: 1850-1884

Course Dates: 23/09/21 - 28/10/21
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Online
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Ireland has always been a divided nation and apart from religion, other issues that divided the country were politics, education, sport and wars. This course explores Irish history from The Famine to creation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884.
This course forms the first part of an accessible ‘beginners guide’ to Irish history and will help participants gain a general overview of the development of mid-Victorian Ireland from an island ruled by England to the creation of Northern Ireland and the Irish Free state in 1922.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £57.00

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Course Code: HBH60

Started Thu, eve, 23 Sep - 28 Oct '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The history of Ireland from The Famine to creation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

1. Religion in Mid-Victorian Ireland.
2. Politics: ‘The impact of The Famine.
3. Education: The rise of the elite schools in Ireland.
4. Sport: The emergence of organised sports 1850-1884.
5. War: The rebellions of 1848 & 1867.
6. Conclusion:.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Understand the pivotal role that religion has played in creating a sense of identity in Ireland.
Understand the narrative of the major political developments in Ireland from the mid nineteenth century to 1884.
Understand the development of elite schools in Ireland in the 19th century and their role in creating future leaders in Irish politics,
Understand the ideology of athleticism and its significance in the development of Irish identity.
Understand the cultural and political significance of the development of cricket, rugby, football, and Gaelic games in Irish society,.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is aimed at anyone with an interest in both the narrative and varying interpretations of Irish history from 1850-1922. There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss and explore different interpretations and competing realities of the same events.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Via zoom.
There will be opportunities for discussion and reflection and optional self-assessments.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All necessary materials will be provided.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HBH61 Saints, scholars, sportsmen and soldiers: How religion, politics, education, sports and war shaped Irish identity: 1884-1922.

Colm Hickey

Colm has been involved in education for 40 years and has extensive adult education experience. Currently an Associate Lecturer at Solent University in Southampton, he holds degrees from five universities including a PhD from Strathclyde and an MBA from Hull. He has published extensively on sport and education in internationally peer reviewed journals including an article on sport in Elite Irish Schools 1878-1914. He has also co-authored a book on the role of schoolteachers in the development of association football in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His latest book Sport and Irish Identity is due in 2022.

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