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Welcome to the History Blog! This site is designed to help you with your study of Junior Cert and Leaving Cert History. To the left, you'll see links for each year. Click on your year and you will find a list of all the topics you will study. Each topic page has information, tips and links to pictures, games and other useful websites.

How does this site work?

A note for parents and teachers.

As well as the topics you study in school, the In the News, Things to Watch Out For and On This Day sections below give you information on other things that happened in history, from the Stone Age as far as yesterday.

In the news...
The trailer for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" has been released. The film is set to cover Abraham Lincoln's time as President of the United States, his efforts to abolish slavery, and the civil war that followed. 

Have you studied Emily Dickinson in English? The Emily Dickinson museum in her home town of Amherst, Massachusetts has revealed what is thought to be only the second known photograph of her. (full story here)

Archaeologists in Britain have excavated a skeleton they believe might belong to King Richard III, who doesn't appear in the History course but is famous for fighting and dying at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. (full story here)



Things to watch out for...
Although it's not really about history (yet), the Apartment Kids documentary on RTÉ One recently shows what urban living conditions can be like in Ireland today. Click on the link to watch it on RTÉ Player.


On this day...

The explorer Marco Polo was born on this day
in 1254.
September 15th


1812
Napoleon's army reaches Moscow.

1830
:
The Liverpool to Manchester railway opens.

1916:
Tanks are used for the first time in the Battle of the Somme (World War I).

1935:
Germany adopts the Nazi flag and passes the Nuremberg Laws, depriving German Jews of citizenship.


1997:
Sinn Féin joins the peace talks in Northern Ireland.








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