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Irish history free online course

Trinity College Dublin and FutureLearn are calling for Irish history buffs to join a free online course ‘Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland’s history 1912-1923’, which will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Easter uprising.

The six-week course was developed by professors from Trinity College Dublin who present learners with a variety of viewpoints and questions online using videos, lectures, historical material and readings.

Professor of Early Modern History and Historiography, Ciaran Brady said the course moves away from the big names of Irish history.

“Students will do more than focus on familiar dates and faces, our intention is to encounter a different kind of war and revolution, with multiple voices and multiple truths,” he said.

Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn, the UK’s first online social learning provider, said this was the third time the popular course had run.

“With more than 36,000 combined enrolments, this course shows the power of social learning.

“People around the world with an interest in this important period in Irish history can meet and engage with a world leading institution to share their knowledge,” he said.

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Notes to editors

Title of course: Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland’s history 1912-1923

Duration: 6 weeks long and 5 hours per week course time

Cost: free

Knowledge level: No prior knowledge required

Start date: 14 March 2016.

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