The Department of History today held a prize-giving ceremony for students from Scoil Íde agus Iosef for their winning documentary film. The 1916 centenary film documentary competition, organised by Dr Vincent O’Connell, was aimed at students in second level education. With almost thirty entrants to the competition, the standard was very high.
The winning 8-minute film ‘Women of the Rising: A Detailed Account of the Life of Countess Markievicz’ (1868-1927) not only gives us a measured account of her biography, but, nine decades after the death of Countess Markievicz, it also draws attention to the prominent role many women (and not just those from Irish elite society), played in Irish politics and in the Easter Rising whether as individuals or in organisations such as Cumann na mBan.
The presentation took place in the Special Collections section at the Glucksman Library, UL. Prof Anthony McElligott gave the presentation address, followed by the prize giving ceremony performed by Assistant Dean Michael J. Griffin. The winners were Sarah Cusack, Katelyn Broderick, Sarah Delaney and Amy Browne (who was unable to attend the prize-giving). The students were accompanied by their teacher Mr Shane Curtin and Principal Mr Liam Murphy.
Last year the nation commemorated and celebrated the centenary of the Easter Rising 1916, in which the Department of History at UL took an active role, locally, regionally and nationally. A particular highlight of their activities was the organisation of a national symposium in November by Dr Vincent O’Connell: examining the changing interpretation of the two seminal events of 1916 in Irish and British history; The Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme. ‘In the Name of Future Generations: Approaches to the Meaning of 1916 in 2016’.
Teaching history today at third level, and in particular at UL, has seen us move beyond texts to incorporate new media; and to encourage students to think about how history is made – presented and consumed.
Well done to our deserving winners from Scoil Íde agus Iosef!
Comhghairdeas le gach duine!