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Department Members

  • Seamus McNerney

  • Francis Smith

  • Aileen Connolly

  • John Newman

  • Brenda Lynch

  • Kim Leddy

  • Aaron McGivney

Why Study History?

“History Helps Us Understand Change and How the Society We Live in Came to Be.” History helps Us Understand People and Societies. The Importance of History in Our Own Lives. History Contributes to Moral Understanding. History Provides Identity. Studying History Is Essential for Good Citizenship It helps us to learn the experiences of ordinary people as well as the powerful and influential. It benefits students to be able to form clear opinions. It facilitates critical thinking and created independent learners, open-minded and disciplined problem solvers. It has career relevance as it provides a deeper understanding of current affairs and politics. It develops a range of skills including; ICT, Research, Organisational, Analytical, Investigative, Note-Making, Communication and Debating. As a department we endeavour to incorporate literacy and numeracy strategies into our lessons with time-lines, patterns and reading of sources. History enhances skills which are transferrable to other subjects.

What kind of student would History suit?

Students with good analytical and communication skills will enjoy history. If you are interested in finding out the 'why' and can work independently as well as part of a team will thrive in senior cycle history.

Career Sectors

This subject builds skills and knowledge that are particularly useful for careers in the following Career Sectors: 

  • Teaching

  • Librarian

  • Museum studies

  • Archaeology

  • Archiving

  • Law

  • Politics

  • Policy making

  • Administration

  • Journalism

  • Researching

Subject Information 

Currently all Junior Cycle students must study history in Breifne College. However, at Leaving Cert history is an option.