Centre for Continuing Education

Ireland Course: The Celts to the Celtic Tiger

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This history course provides an introduction to Irish History through including beliefs, legends, customs, festival celebrations and storytelling traditions, as well as the small matter of history, geography and religion. The class covers Irish History from the past to the present, encompassing luminary figures in history that have shaped the politics of this country.

Course Content

Celtic, Viking & Norman History of Ireland

From the beginning, Ireland wore a welcome sign to invaders, or so it seems. We explore the different impact each invasion had on the Emerald Isle and how the Vikings and the Norman particularly, became more Irish than the Irish themselves.

History of Ireland as part of the British Empire

From the 12th Century until 1921, Ireland was part of the British Empire. We examine the turbulent history through a series of important characters and the role they played, both good and bad, in the history of Irish politics from Home Rule to Anglo-Irish Treaty – Elizabeth 1, Oliver Cromwell, Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell and Padraig Pearse.

Ireland’s Independence – 1916, Collins & De Valera

We examine the rise and fall of the 1916 Easter Rising and the political impact, as well as some of the main protagonists who rose out of the rebellion and who had a role to play in the War of Independence and the Civil War, namely Eamonn de Valera and Michael Collins.

Irish Culture – The Land of Saints & Scholars

We examine the profound impact Irish Culture has had on the world. From the Book of Kells to U2, we look at all components of Irish society - language, sport, music and literature. From Guinness to hurling and all in between we also look at the lighter side of Irish life, from shamrocks to shenanigans!

Ireland – now and the future?

We examine how Ireland transformed it under the Celtic Tiger, and how it has regressed since. We look at the impact this has had on Irish Australia and the diaspora of Irish around the world and what the future holds for the Emerald Isle.

Topics covered within the above chapter framework:

  • Mesolithic & Neolithic Ireland
  • Celts & St. Patrick
  • The Vikings & The Normans
  • The Flight of the Earls
  • Wolf Tone
  • The Act of Union & Daniel O’Connell
  • Catholic Emancipation and The Famine
  • The Fenians & Home Rule
  • The 1916 Rising
  • The War of Independence
  • The Civil War & The Treaty
  • Fianna Fail & Fianna Gael
  • 1937 Consitution
  • Neutrality during WW2
  • 1960’s – Civil Rights Movement & "The Troubles"
  • The Celtic Tiger, 2012 & Beyond.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • Very informative course taught in an engaging way. Thank you!

  • Presenter was wonderful – a fountain of knowledge, and very personable. A very enjoyable class!

  • The presenter was a very engaged and engaging teacher. I found the day interactive and enjoyable. This was my first experience with CCE – choosing a 1-day course was ideal for me to experience and decide if I would choose others. I’m very happy to say I will definitely do so after this experience.

  • I enjoyed the lecture very much and learnt heaps that I didn’t know about Irish history. I thought the presenter was wonderful, very vibrant and dynamic!

  • I am extremely satisfied and pleased with the presentation, information notes and the high standard of the tutors of the courses I have attended at Continuing Education. They are indeed of a very high standard.

  • The presenter was excellent – personable, entertaining, interested in the views of group members, informative and passionate about the subject. I would recommend most highly.

  • I really enjoyed the day – it was entertaining, educational and interactive. The tutor was great at encouraging student participation which proved to be just as interesting. They achieved a lot in our allocated time.

  • The tutor was superb, excellent delivery, and was both entertaining and informative.

  • It was a very friendly and happy experience and we learnt a lot.

  • This was a fantastic course with a very prepared and personable presenter.

$151 Limited inc GST
Ireland Course: The Celts to the Celtic Tiger

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