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History of Modern Ireland

The lecture-only module covers political, religious, social, and economic themes in the history of Ireland from the Act of Union to the early twentieth century, including the conduct of Irish government under the Union, Irish involvement in the Empire, the development of nationalism and unionism, the conflicts over Repeal and Home Rule, the increasing polarisation of Catholics and Protestants, the origins and impact of the Great Famine, post-Famine ‘modernisation’, the importance of emigration and Irish settlement abroad, and the political crises of the early twentieth century culminating in the revolution of 1916–21. Attention is given to the imprint of religion, social class, and gender on Irish politics and, more generally, on Irish life.

How to apply

The closing date for online and postal applications is Friday 16th September. You may register and pay by credit/Visa debit card online at after 16th August or you can download an application form and send it with a cheque/money order made payable to Trinity College Dublin number 1 account to: Dr Patricia Stapleton, Evening and Short Courses administrator, School of Histories and Humanities, Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. Applications may be made in person in room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College BETWEEN 16TH AND 27TH AUGUST 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm 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 daytime course. Please check our website after 16th 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 26 September 2016. There is a one week break (7 - 11 November 2016) when no lectures will take place.