School level

Decade of Centenaries History Competition

As part of the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ commemorations, schools and students at all levels of primary and post-primary schools across Ireland are invited, in the 2017-18 school year, to enter the fifth annual schools’ history competition. The selected themes have a particular link to events of a century ago across the island of Ireland.

The categories are:

  • A local/regional studies theme from a century ago
  • Ireland and the First World War
  • Women's history in Ireland during the revolutionary period
  • Revolution in Ireland – a study of a political/revolutionary event from the 1912-1922 period.

Entries must be received before 23rd March 2018.

Full details and entry forms are available on

Prospective entrants should take careful note of the following:

- Candidates and their teachers are asked to read the instructions, categories and relevant deadline dates provided in the letter which went to all schools in September 2017 and which can be found on the Department of Education and Skills website at the above address.

- Projects which are not related to one of the given headings for the competition will not be included in the judging process. It will not be possible to give specific advice to students or teachers on the choice of topic.

- Entries that contain photographs or others should try to ensure that such images are saved in reasonably low resolution or in formats which do not require huge amounts of storage space.

- Entrants should take a note of what the combined size of the electronic project is (in MB or GB), particularly when electronic images are included, because you may need to ensure that the project is not over the file attachment size limits for your email provider.

- The completed projects should be submitted electronically, as per the instructions on the website, but the competition organizers cannot provide technical assistance with any individual submissions.

- As all projects will be submitted electronically, the organizers will not be required to return entries to any entrants. The onus for retaining a copy of the project rests with its author.

- As outlined in the letter and on the website, the deadline for receipt of completed projects is 23rd March 2018. Absolutely no late submissions can be accepted.

- Entries from pupils in special schools are certainly welcome, but entrants are asked to mark clearly on the accompanying cover sheet, citing ‘primary (special school)’ because special schools are codified as primary schools for administration purposes.

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