Diploma in Irish History

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.


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The Diploma in Irish History is delivered by Dr Myles Dungan,  one of Ireland’s best-known and most respected broadcasters.

Diploma in Irish History delivered by Myles Dungan

‘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

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  • 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

  • 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
    • 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