Conference on 'Teaching the Dark History of Ireland's Institutions'

Oct 17 2022 Posted: 10:32 IST

A conference on 'Teaching the Dark History of Ireland's Institutions: Engaging Secondary Educators' took place on Saturday, 15 October. The event was organised by ICHR PhD student Mary Harney, and LLM students from the Human Rights Law Clinic.

A full recording of the event is available below.


Saturday October 15th 2022 10.30 A.M.- 4.00 P.M

Session One

  • 10. 30 - 11.00 Registration and refreshments
  • 11.00 - 11.10 Welcome from the LLM Students.
  • 11.10 - 11.30 Opening Remarks, Siobhan Mullally, UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, University of Galway & Catherine Connolly, TD (independent) Galway West and Ceann Comhairle of the Dail
  • 11.35 - 12.30 Teaching Sensitive Subjects: A lesson on teaching the Holocaust: Holocaust Education Ireland
  • 12.30 - 13.30. 'Perspectives and Model Lesson Plans.' Waterford Institute of Technology and the LLM students will share their lesson plans and provide feedback on their experiences of taking the model into schools.
  • 13.30 - 14.15. Lunch

Session Two

  • 14.15 - 15.00 ‘How do we create an inclusive history of Ireland’s institutions?’ Participants to be divided into smaller groups representing those directly affected, students and teachers
  • 15.05 - 15.45 Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, Head of the Department of History, the University of Galway: ‘Teaching the History of Ireland’s Institutions: From the Foundling Institutions to the Mother and Baby Institutions’. 
  • 15.45 - 16.00 Closing Remarks