Diploma in Irish History


Next course commencing:  January 2017

Duration: 10 weeks, evenings from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course fee: classroom-based €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments)

A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more  classroom-based courses can do so at a fee of €895 per course.

Awarding body:  The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)

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Modern Ireland – Ireland under the Union

We will trace the course of Irish history during the period of direct rule from London in the ‘long’ 19th century (1800-1923).  Conducted over an ten-week period it will encompass the main themes and events during the slow struggle for the return of some semblance of sovereignty and, ultimately, the attainment of political independence. In the first part of each session a general overview of a particular theme (Land, Home Rule) or a chronological period (1800-23) will be provided. This will then be followed by the close analysis of case studies and texts or documents.

  • Brian HughesDr Brian Hughes is a historian of modern Ireland. He previously held postdoctoral research positions at Maynooth University and Trinity College, Dublin and has taught history at TCD, UCD, and the University of Exeter. Brian is the author of 16 lives: Michael Mallin (Dublin, 2012) and the editor of Eoin MacNeill: memoir of a revolutionary scholar (Dublin, 2016); his latest monograph, Defying the IRA? Intimidation, coercion, and communities during the Irish Revolution, is published by Liverpool University Press. During the current ‘Decade of Centenaries’ he has featured on local and national radio, on TV, and written for The Revolution Papers, An CosantóirIrish Examiner, and the Dictionary of Irish Biography.


  • What can you expect from this course?  Choose from among the following.  Homicide.  Adultery.  Mass murder.  Betrayal. Bankruptcy and ruin (mostly of the 19th century variety).  Inflated egos.  Some self-sacrifice and nobility but lots of corruption, deceit, incompetence, and a fair quota of violence as well.  Ireland under the Union wasn’t really a whole lot different from Ireland today.

    You should also get a sense of who we are as a people, and why we are the way we are. We’ll be looking at Ireland from the perspective of the farmer, the shopkeeper, the housewife, the bailiff, the suffragette, as well as the politician and the policeman. From the bottom up as well as the top down.  You will get as many opportunities as you need to stop the train, get off, and take a look around. You will be encouraged to inquire ‘what if?’ and then answer your own question. Studying our history is important and it’s useful. But above all it must be fun.

  • Week 1 – In the Shadow of the Union

    Week 2 – An Emancipated People?

    Week 3 – Repeal

    Week 4 – Famine 1819-1846

    Week 5 – Famine and Rebellion

    Week 6 – Fenianism and Irish political violence

    Week 7 – Land and Politics

    Week 8 – Home Rule and Parnellism

    Week 9 – Constitutional Nationalism and slightly Constitutional Unionism

    Week 10 – Endgame

  • Why City Colleges?

    • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
    • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
    • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
    • Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
    • Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
    • Limited class size
    • Parking

  • To download an application form click here

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    For more information please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40 or email info@citycolleges.ie


The course is offered from South Great Georges’ Street, Dublin 2 and Dundrum Dublin 16, as well as online.



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