GAA Museum launches free Secondary School History Resources to Remember Bloody Sunday

The GAA Museum at Croke Park has launched a free new suite of interactive learning resources for secondary schools, to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of the events around Bloody Sunday 100 years on.
The history resources, offering three ways to learn, are available free of charge to all secondary schools. They include an education pack; a series of online video and podcast lectures from leading Irish historians; and an interactive virtual classroom session with a GAA Museum Tour Guide on the topic of Bloody Sunday.
The secondary school history resources are being launched as part of the GAA Museum’s Bloody Sunday centenary programme commemorating the 100th anniversary of the tragic events that unfolded on November 21st, 1920 and their impact on Irish history.
The education pack, which contains biographies of significant figures in the history of the GAA, can be posted to teachers in hard copy or sent digitally via email, and can be used to accompany existing curriculum textbooks. While the educationally rich online resources include a video and podcast lecture series with leading Irish historians speaking about the events of Bloody Sunday, the War of Independence and other key moments in Irish history and sport. These informative and thought-provoking talks were recorded as part of the GAA Summer School and Lecture Series and will be of particular interest to teachers with Leaving Certificate history classes and may inspire further research or study as part of the students’ special topic.
Presentation topics include ‘Atrocity and Atonement: The Civil War and the Rise of Kerry’s Greatest Team’ (video) with Dr Richard McElligott (DKIT); ‘Setting the scene: Overview of the War of Independence in Ireland, 1920’ (podcast) with Prof Diarmuid Ferriter (UCD); ‘Killing and Bloody Sunday Morning’ (video) with Dr Anne Dolan (Trinity College); and ‘Sport and Revolution: The Irish Case,’ with Dr Will Murphy (DCU).
To ensure the learning resources are fully interactive and engaging, the GAA Museum has created a virtual live classroom session with a GAA Museum tour guide. These sessions which will complete the learning experience, include an overview of the events of Bloody Sunday, a short film about the GAA Museum’s new ‘Remembering Bloody Sunday’ exhibition and a Q&A session. The virtual classroom sessions will be conducted via Microsoft Teams, must be booked in advance and are subject to availability. They will also require good internet connection but can be tailored to teachers’ class times. 
Commenting on the launch of the secondary school history resources, GAA Museum Director Niamh McCoy said, “It was an honour to develop this valuable suite of learning resources for secondary school students. Bloody Sunday was a turning point in the Irish War of Independence, and it is not just a part of GAA history, it is a part of the history of Ireland and a subject that is very much a part of our schools’ history curriculum. We feel it is important to share the rich historical resources we have curated at the GAA Museum to remember the centenary, and we are delighted to help teachers enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of the history and events around Bloody Sunday with this complimentary suite of learning resources.”

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A new Bloody Sunday Exhibition has just reopened at the GAA Museum in Croke Park. The exhibition honours the victims, tells their stories, and provides visitors with a place to reflect and learn more about the events surrounding the darkest day in GAA history.
A visit to the Remembering Bloody Sunday exhibition, located on the ground floor of the GAA Museum, is included with all Croke Park tours. There are also museum-only tickets available daily Monday to Friday, every half hour between 10am and 4pm. To allow for social distancing, only 6 places are allowed per time slot.  The price is €8 for an adult, €7 for Student/Senior, €6 for a children. Families are €20 for 4 and €21 for 5. The GAA Museum cannot currently accept group bookings from schools.

For more information on the schools programme, visit crokepark.ie/bloodysundayforschools or to book tickets for the Bloody Sunday Exhibition at the GAA Museum visit crokepark.ie/bloodysunday