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Welcome to the History Blog! This site is designed to help you with your study of Junior Cert and Leaving Cert History. To the left, you'll see links for each year. Click on your year and you will find a list of all the topics you will study. Each topic page has information, tips and links to pictures, games and other useful websites.

How does this site work?

A note for parents and teachers.

As well as the topics you study in school, the In the News and On This Day sections below give you information on other things that happened in history, from the Stone Age as far as yesterday.

The fresco as it used to be, as it was before the botched restoration, and after.
  • You might have heard of the old lady in Spain who took it upon herself to restore a decaying 19th century fresco in her local church. She's back in the news now that the fresco has become a tourist attraction.
  • The trailer for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" has been released. The film is set to cover Abraham Lincoln's time as President of the United States, his efforts to abolish slavery, and the civil war that followed. 
  • Have you studied Emily Dickinson in English? The Emily Dickinson museum in her home town of Amherst, Massachusetts has revealed what is thought to be only the second known photograph of her. (full story here)

September 21st

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
died on this day in 1558.
The Normans invade Dublin.

British troops capture and burn some of New York City during the American War of Independence.

France is declared a republic. The monarchy is abolished.

J.R.R. Tolkein publishes The Hobbit.

Malta becomes independent from the UK.

Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first female Justice of the Supreme Court in the United States.


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