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Ireland 1534-1815

This module examines political, social and cultural developments in Ireland during the early modern period within a narrative and thematic framework, starting with Tudor political reform and continuing through to the Act of Union in 1800. The principal issues dealt with include the impact of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation; the wars/rebellions of the sixteenth century and the demise of Gaelic Ireland; 'colonization' and 'civilization' of Ireland by the English and the Scots; Confederate Ireland and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms; the Cromwellian and Restoration land settlements; the War of the Three Kings; the 'Protestant Ascendancy' and the Penal Era; the impact of the American and French revolutions; the rebellion of the United Irishmen; the formation of 'Irish' and 'British' national identities; Irish migration to continental Europe; Ireland and Empire.

How to apply

The closing date for online and postal applications is Friday 13th January. You may register and pay by credit/Visa debit card online at after 16th August 2016 or you can download an application form and send it with a cheque/money order made payable to Trinity College number 1 account to: Dr Patricia Stapleton, Evening and Short Courses administrator, School of Histories and Humanities, Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2. Applications may be made in person in room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin between 16th and 27th August from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. or by appointment.


EUR 150 / Concession EUR 75. The concession rate is available to second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is social welfare, health board or a government-sponsored employment scheme.

Time and place

This is a day-time course. Please check our website: after 16 August for update or text INFO followed by your name and address to 087 257 2016.


This lecture-only module comprises two lectures per week over one twelve-week term commencing in the week beginning Monday 16 January 2017. There is a one week break, (27 February – 3 March 2017) when no lectures will take place.