Partition of Ireland Resources

This page contains resources that are suitable for the teaching of A2 2 Historical Investigations & Analysis: Option 4: Partition of Ireland 1900-1925. Resources are arranged by topic followed by resources featuring multiple themes.

Third Home Rule Bill Crisis

Beginners Ballet

Background to Home Rule

Podcast | The Home Rule Party | History Hub UCD

Professor Michael Laffan's lecture discusses the origins and evolution of the Home Rule Party.

Video Clip | Ireland in Rebellion: Irish Nationalism | TCD on YouTube

Professor Patrick Geoghegan discusses the evolution of Irish Nationalism.

Video Clip | Ireland in Rebellion: Ulster Unionism | TCD on YouTube

Professor Patrick Geoghegan discusses the evolution of Ulster Unionism.

Opposition to Home Rule

Video | Ireland - A Television History - 'Ulster Will Fight' | BBC/RTE on YouTube

Video | Ulster Solemn League and Covenant | BBC on YouTube

BBC documentary that explores the origins and support for the 1912 Ulster Covenant.

Podcast | Irish Revolution: Home Rule Crisis | History Hub UCD

Professor Michael Laffan's lecture discusses the causes and impact of Home Rule Rule Crisis

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: A Short History of the Home Rule Crisis | UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Document providing a chronology of key events in the Home Rule crisis. 

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: Home Rule Crisis Poster | UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Poster illustrating a chronology of key events in the Home Rule crisis.

 

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: Home Rule Crisis Document Pack| UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Document pack featuring a collection of maps and primary sources concerning key aspects of the Home Rule crisis.

Article | 1916 Collection: Parliamentarians to paramilitarians | UCD/Irish Independent

Dr Conor Mulvagh discusses how electoral politics and physical force were not ideologies in Ireland – they were tactics.

Article | 1916 Collection: Asquith’s flawed Irish compromise |  UCD/Irish Independent

Article by Professor Ronan Fanning on the British prime minister’s delay and indecision which ultimately condemned Ireland to partition

Political Developments 1914 - 18

Mommy & Me

Ireland during WWI

Video Clip | Ireland in Rebellion: The Irish in the First World War | TCD on YouTube

Professor Patrick Geoghegan discusses the role played by Irish soldiers in WWI

Podcast | John Redmond's Woodenbridge speech | History Hub UCD

Conor Mulvagh discussesses John Redmond's Woodenbridge speech and the split in the Irish Volunteers

Resource | Ireland and the Great War | RTE Archives

An exploration of the silhouetted history of Ireland and the Great War with first-hand witness accounts.

Easter Rising 

Video Clip | Ireland in Rebellion: The Road to the Rising | TCD on YouTube

Professor Patrick Geoghegan discusses the events in the run up to the Easter Rising.

Video Clip | Ireland in Rebellion: The leaders of the 1916 Rising | TCD on YouTube

Professor Patrick Geoghegan examines the personalities of the key players in the Easter Rising.

Video Clip | Ireland in Rebellion: The Fighting of Easter Week | TCD on YouTube

Professor Patrick Geoghegan discusses the events of  the Easter Rising.

Article | Irish Revolution: The Rising Erupts | UCD/Irish Independent

Donal Fallon discusses events of Easter Monday morning, when the rebels began to gather at Liberty Hall, St. Stephen’s Green and other parts of the city. 

Podcast | Irish Revolution: Arthur Griffith, Sinn Fein and the IRB  | History Hub UCD

Professor Michael Laffan's lecture discusses the origins and the evolution of Sinn Féin in the lead up to the Easter Rising.

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: A Short History of the 1916 Rising | UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Document providing a chronology of key events of the Easter Rising. 

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: 1916 Rising Poster | UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Poster illustrating a chronology of key facts of the Easter Rising

 

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: 1916 Rising Document Pack| UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Document pack featuring a collection of maps and primary sources concerning key aspects of the Easter Rising.

Podcast | Irish Revolution: Easter Rising | History Hub UCD

Professor Michael Laffan's lecture discusses the events of the Easter Rising.

Video | Ireland - A Television History - The Rising | BBC/RTE on YouTube

Episode of Robert Kee's series that explores the causes, effects and aftermath of the Easter Rising.

Photographs | Easter 1916 | NLI on Flicker

National Library of Ireland curated collection of photographs on the Easter Rising.

Website | 1916 Object Stories | National Museum of Ireland

Explore ten key objects from National Museum of Ireland which are linked to the 1916 Easter Rising.

 

 

Aftermath of the Rising

Video Clip | Ireland in Rebellion: The Execution of the  1916 Leaders | TCD on YouTube

Professor Patrick Geoghegan discusses the causes and impact of the executions of the leaders of the rising.

Article | Sixteen Nails in the Coffin | UCD/Irish Independent

Article by Dr Leanne Blaney examining the impact of the executions of the Rising leaders. 

Podcast | Irish Revolution: The Aftermath of the Easter Rising | History Hub UCD

Professor Michael Laffan's lecture discusses the aftermath of the Easter Rising and the Rise of Sinn Féin.

Video Clip | Ireland in Rebellion: The Fighting of Easter Week | TCD on YouTube

Professor Patrick Geoghegan discusses the events of  the Easter Rising.

 

Rise of Sinn Féin

Video Clip | Ireland in Rebellion: The Legacy of 1916 Rising | TCD on YouTube

Professor Patrick Geoghegan discusses the impact of the Rising on politics in Ireland. 

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: A Short History of Sinn Féin| UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Document providing a chronology of key milestones in the rise of Sinn Féin. 

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: Rise of Sinn Féin poster | UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Poster illustrating a chronology of key facts of the rise of Sinn Féin.

 

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: Rise of Sinn Féin Document Pack| UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Document pack featuring a collection of maps and primary sources concerning key aspects of the evolution of Sinn Féin and the first Dáil.

Podcast | Irish Revolution: 1918 Election | History Hub UCD

Professor Michael Laffan's lecture discusses the winners and losers of the 1918 election.

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Political Developments 1919 - 1922

Little League

The Anglo-Irish War 

Video | Ireland - A Television History - Terrror 1919-21 | BBC/RTE on YouTube

Episode of Robert Kee's series that explores the events of the Anglo-Irish war.

Podcast | Irish Revolution: Anglo-Irish war​ | History Hub UCD

Professor Michael Laffan's lecture discusses the causes and impact of events of the Anglo-Irish war.

 

Photographs | War of Independence Collection | IWM The Imperial War Museum hosts an Irish War of independence image collection which features reportage images of the British army in Ireland and the aftermath of attacks.

Video Clip | Ireland in Rebellion: The War of Independence | TCD on YouTube

Professor Patrick Geoghegan discusses the War of Independence and the first sitting of the Dáil.

Photographs | Irish War of Independence | NLI on Flicker

The War of Independence collection contains reportage images of the conflict including the Burning of Cork.

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: A Short History of War of Independence | UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Document providing a chronology of key aspects of the War of Independence.

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: War of Independence poster | UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Poster illustrating a chronology of key facts and events of the War of Independence.

 

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: War of Independence Document Pack pt1| UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Document pack featuring a collection of maps and primary sources concerning key events of the  War of Independence.

 

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: War of Independence Document Pack pt2| UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Document pack featuring a collection of maps and primary sources concerning key events of the  War of Independence.

Anglo-Irish Treaty

Website | Treaty exhibitionNational Archives Ireland

National Archives Ireland have collated many of their documents relating to the treaty into the Treaty exhibition. Documents include annotated draft treaties and correspondence between plenipotentiaries.

Podcast | Irish Revolution: Anglo-Irish Treaty| History Hub UCD

Professor Michael Laffan's lecture explores the negotiations that led to the signing of the Anglo-Irish treaty.

Video Clip | Ireland in Rebellion: The Anglo Irish Treaty | TCD on YouTube

Professor Patrick Geoghegan discusses the negotiations and signing of the Anglo-Irish treaty.

Reaction to the Treaty

Podcast | Irish Revolution: Reaction to the Anglo-Irish Treaty | History Hub UCD

Professor Michael Laffan's lecture on the reaction to the Anglo-Irish Treaty and build-up to Civil War.

Video Clip | Ireland in Rebellion: The Treaty Debates | TCD on YouTube

Professor Patrick Geoghegan discusses reaction to the Anglo-Irish treaty in the Dáil.

Irish Civil War

Podcast | Irish Revolution: The Irish Civil War History Hub UCD

Professor Michael Laffan's lecture explores the negotiations that led to the signing of the Anglo-Irish treaty.

Video | Ireland - A Television History - Irish Civil War | BBC/RTE on YouTube

Episode of Robert Kee's series that explores the events of the Anglo-Irish war.

Photographs | Irish Civil War | NLI on Flicker

National Library of Ireland  curated collections of photographs on the Irish Civil War.

Video Clip | Ireland in Rebellion: The Irish Civil War | TCD on YouTube

Professor Patrick Geoghegan discusses the causes and events of the Irish Civil War.

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: A Short History of the Civil War | UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Document providing a chronology of the reaction to the Treaty and the Irish Civil war.

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: Irish Civil war poster | UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Poster illustrating a chronology of key facts and events of the Irish Civil war.

 

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: Irish Civil War Document Pack pt1| UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Document pack featuring a collection of maps and primary sources concerning  the reaction to the Treaty and the Irish Civil war.

Resource | Atlas of Revolution: Irish Civil war Document Pack pt2| UCC/ The Irish Examiner

Document pack featuring a collection of maps and primary sources concerning the reaction to the Treaty and the Irish  Civil war.

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Northern Ireland 1921 - 25

Little League

Video | Ireland - A Television History - Six Counties | BBC/RTE on YouTube

Episode of Robert Kee's series that explores partition and the establishment of Northern Ireland.

Article |  Political History of Northern Ireland Since Partition | British Academy

Paul Bew explores North/ South co-operation in 1922 with the Craig-Collins pact.

Article | Emergence of Two Irelands | History Ireland 

Professor Michael Laffan explores the emergence of Northern and Southern Ireland governments

Resources covering multiple Partition topics

Little League

Video | The Story of Ireland Age of Nations | BBC

BBC documentary that explores Ireland's history from Home Rule Crisis through to partition.

Topics: Third Home Rule Crisis, Political Developments 1914-18, Political Developments 1919-23, NI 1921-25

Resource | The Atlas of Irish Revolution | University of College Cork / Irish Examiner

Detailed lesson plans, maps, worksheets and primary sources are used to explore key events in Ireland in the early Twentieth Century.

Topics: Third Home Rule Crisis, Political Developments 1914-18, Political Developments 1919-23

Podcasts | Irish Revolution lecture series | History Hub UCD

A series of 10 lectures written and presented by Professor Michael Laffan for UCD. The content of each 50 minute lecture covers in detail an aspect of the A level Partition specification. These lectures are available as podcasts making them a suitable revision aid for students.

Topics: Third Home Rule Crisis, Political Developments 1914-18, Political Developments 1919-23

 

Video | Robert Kee’s Ireland - A Television History | BBC/RTE on YouTube

A series of 50 minute documentaries made by the RTE and the BBC. These programmes provide useful excerpts for illustrating aspects of the Partition narrative - programme 7 onward are relevant to the A level specification.

Topics: Third Home Rule Crisis, Political Developments 1914-18, Political Developments 1919-23, NI 1921-25

Video |  'Ireland in Rebellion: 1782-1916' | Trinity College Dublin on YouTube

A series of mini lectures delivered by Professor Patrick Geoghegan, Trinity College Dublin, available on YouTube. From lecture 45 onward are relevant to the A level Partition of Ireland specification. Each clip is 15 minutes long and covers a different aspect of the Partition topic.

Topics: Third Home Rule Crisis, Political Developments 1914-18, Political Developments 1919-23

Video | RTE Century Ireland playlists | RTE on YouTube

These are short (3 - 5 minute) clips from the RTE Century Ireland website. These playlists feature historians such as Dr Ferghal McGarry and the late Prof. Ronan Fanning discussing aspects of Partition-era history including the topics ‘Signatories of the Easter Rising’ and 'The Somme’.

Topics: Third Home Rule Crisis, Political Developments 1914-18

Articles | 1916 Collection | UCD/Irish Independent The UCD/Irish Independent collection provides historical interpretations by leading historians such as Prof. Ronan Fanning and Prof. Mary Daly in an accessible magazine format. Articles discuss different aspects of the Causes of the Easter Rising, the Rising and the Aftermath. ​

Topics: Third Home Rule Crisis, Political Developments 1914-18

 

Documents | British Cabinet Papers - Irish Independence | National Archives UK National Archives UK online collection features Cabinet Papers collated by historic event. Collections include Irish Nationalism; which looks at the Conscription Crisis, the War of Independence, Truce and Partition & Civil War.

Topics: Third Home Rule Crisis, Political Developments 1914-18, Political Developments 1919-23, NI 1921-25

Website | Transformations: Politics and Protest in County Down 1900-1920sDown County Museum

 

Although a website intended for Key stage 3, Transformations contains a great collection of ephemera relating to key topics in the A level specification including Souvenir plates, postcards and posters from the Home Rule Crisis.

 

Topics: Third Home Rule Crisis, Political Developments 1914-18, Political Developments 1919-23

 

Website | Decade of Centenaries timeline | NICRC

A website intended for Key Stage 3 containing content suitable for A level. The website provides a timeline of historical events between 1885 - 1925 illustrated with fact-files, images and ephemera.

Topics: Third Home Rule Crisis, Political Developments 1914-18, Political Developments 1919-23, NI 1921-25

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