Irish National History Competition Award Ceremony
22nd of May 2019 was the day of the finals for the Irish National History Competition. The occasion was incorporated in the 20 Year Celebration of National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)’s Access Centre. The Centre aims at providing support to students coming from non-tradition routes to access third level education. Breaking the SEAL Programme (BTS) is one such programme that supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds and it is this programme that hosts the Irish National History Competition.
The day was characterised by presentations from third level cluster members for the west of Ireland. These include NUI Galway, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Sligo Institute of Technology (SligoIT) and Letterkenny Institute of Technology (lyit). Also present were the Higher Education Authority (HEA), community groups and regional secondary schools.
While presentations were on-going, students from 9 secondary schools were ready to listen to the 11 finalists who were ready to present their projects to the judges in an adjacent lecture theatre. It was an honour to have Dr Shamir Yeger who gave his services as a judge for the competition. This gesture provided the competition to have an international touch that NUIG appreciated. Initially the project engaged 122 students of whom 49 managed to submit their abstracts for assessment. The calibre of the presentations was so high that the judges hard a task to select the best three students to represent Ireland in the EUSTORY finals in October.
Above: Irish National History Competition judges in action
After a prolonged deliberation, 3 students were selected:
Applications for the 2020-2020 Breaking the SEAL School Participation Programme have now closed. If your school is interested in participating in 2019 please contact us through this link
2020 Participating Schools
Colaiste Mhuire Ballygar
Roscommon Community College
Our Lady's College Galway
Clifden Community School
Galway Community College, Moneenageisha
Coláiste Cholmcille, Inverin
Presentation College Athenry
Glenamaddy Community School
ArchBishop McHale College, Tuam
Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin
Coláiste Chroí Mhuire gan Smál
Scoil Phobail Mhic Dara
Coláiste na Coiribe
Dunmore Community School
Summerhill College Sligo
Mercy College Sligo
Merlin College Doughiska
Scoil Bhríde, Mercy Secondary School Tuam
St Enda’s College
Campus dates: 20-31 January and 03-07 February 2020
Click for Entry to the Irish National History Competition is open to senior cycle history students in Ireland -
Presentations of the Final 10 entrants will take place on the 22nd May, 2019. This will be an event that will form part of the 20 Year Anniversary of the Access Centre here at NUI Galway.