Schools and the Rising


The 1916 Easter Rising and the War of Independence that followed transformed the political landscape in Ireland. You can explore the events leading up to 1916, the Insurrection itself and its aftermath through the lessons and activities provided in the Primary and Secondary sections.

While the website in its entirety may be used as a learning resource the Learn section is dedicated to classroom based lessons and interactive activities while at the same time offering an insight into the manner in which historians operate.

This section aims to provide students with a perspective of change in a world of change by developing in students an informed and critical awareness of their historical inheritance.


Primary Schools

Primary Schools

Have fun exploring the Easter Rising by developing knowledge and understanding of human activity in the past through easy to follow lessons and interactive, downloadable activities.

Students are introduced to the study of evidence, which encourages valuable insights into the roots of his/her own identity and inherited traditions. Students experience the role of the Historian by communicating their interpretation of the past to others while at the same time allowing the opportunity for the enrichment and extension of language.Primary Courses...


Secondary Schools

Secondary Schools

The Leaving Certificate History syllabus covers the 1916 rising under the topic, Later Modern History - The pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition 1912-1949.The Secondary section aims to provide secondary school students with a learning and revision support tool through lessons and interactive activities. Printable documents are also supplied for use in the classroom. The questions in the activities are designed to allow the student to develop expertise in the evaluation of evidence and the capacity to make reasoned judgements. The use of social media is promoted throughout the website and especially in this section to enhance collaborative experiences and the sharing of ideas. Secondary Courses...

Connect with the Rising

Why not share your class tour experiences, quiz results and exam tips with us on Facebook! Make a 1916 movie and share on Facebook or YouTube for your class to watch. See our movie on Facebook and learn how we created characters and storyboards.

My Kilmainham Gaol Fieldtrip

One of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. The tour of the prison includes an audio-visual show. Tours may be arranged for visitors with special needs by prior arrangement.


Main E-learning

Address: O’Connell Street Lower, Dublin 1
Telephone: +353 1 705 7000
E-mail: heritage@anpost.ie
Web: www.anpost.ie

Collins Barracks

Collins Barricks

Address: Benburb Street, Dublin 7.
Telephone: +353 1 6777444
Email: events@museum.ie
Web: www.opw.ie

National Library

Address: Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Telephone: +353 1 603 02 00
E-mail: info@nli.ie
Web: www.nli.ie

Kilmainham Gaol

Address: Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Telephone +353 1 453 5984
Email: kilmainhamgaol@opw.ie
Web: www.opw.ie