Course: Diploma in Irish History, with Myles Dungan
Next course commencing: January 2020
Duration: 10 weeks
Course fee: classroom-based €995 (or €1,095 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €895 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295
Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more classroom-based courses can do so at a fee of €895 per course.
The Diploma in Irish History is delivered by Dr Myles Dungan, one of Ireland’s best-known and most respected broadcasters.
‘As we begin a series of centenaries marking Ireland’s exit from the union with Britain, it is probably a good time to ask ourselves what it was we were so keen to leave back in 1922. This course looks at how Ireland found itself being governed directly by its nearest neighbour against the wishes of much of its population. It will trace the uneasy bond between Ireland and England through the fight for Catholic Emancipation, the horrors of the Great Famine, the dispossession of the landlords, the struggle for Home Rule and, eventually, the use of military force as an emphatic way of uncoupling an unequal relationship.’ – Dr Myles Dungan
Dr Myles Dungan, a frontline RTE presenter, has hosted current affairs, arts and sports programmes on both radio and television for more than two decades. A Fulbright scholar, educated at UCD and the University of California, Berkeley, he is the author of 11 books, including works on the Irish in America, the Great War, the Irish Crown jewels and golf. He is the author of two plays and the presenter of The History Show on RTE Radio 1. One of his best-known works, How The Irish Won The West, has been re-published in America.He has also toured, in the company of Celtic Tenor Matthew Gilsenan, a musical theatre show, The Fighting Irish, telling the story of the many thousands of Irishmen who’ve fought in American armies.
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
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