Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it”.

Edmund Burke


How fortunate we are at Castleknock College to be situated on a site of such historical and archaeological significance as our campus with its remains of the Anglo-Norman castle, the hub of the extensive medieval Barony of Castleknock as well as the historic College buildings that date from the 1830’s.

As such, it is impossible not to feel a sense of history at Castleknock College and the College duly boasts a vibrant and dynamic History Department that aims to impart a passion for a subject that plays such an important role in modern society.


The study of History is concerned with gaining a clear understanding of the complexity of the human experience by analysing the key events of the past that have shaped the modern world. The History student investigates the political, socio-economic and cultural factors that have influenced our world at local, national and international level.

Students of History develop an understanding of their own heritage as well as an appreciation of cultural diversity, multiple-perspectives, social attitudes, values and ideologies and a lifelong love of learning.


The History Department at Castleknock College aims to develop the key skills of our students such as managing information and thinking, working with others, managing yourself, communicating, being creative and staying well.

Skills specifically associated with the study of History are also emphasised such as; locating and analysing source material, synthesising key information from sources, evaluating source material, recognising bias and propaganda, presenting cogent, logical and clear analysis of a topic, contextualising information and recognising the multi-perspective dimension to controversial topics in History.

Underpinning our teaching is an awareness of the importance of The Four C’s in History: Course, Cause, Consequence(s) and Context. Each topic is studied through this framework.


History offers versatility to students in later life with the following career options open to History graduates:

  • Law (Barrister, Solicitor, Judge)
  • Education (2nd and 3rd Level)
  • Media / Journalism(Newspaper and Broadcasting)
  • Diplomatic Service
  • Social work
  • Military
  • Police
  • Research
  • Librarian / Archives
  • Civil Service
  • Political life
  • Archaeology
  • Marketing / advertising

Some notable History graduates:

Media / Entertainment: Michael Palin (actor / writer), Louis Theroux (writer / broadcaster), Melvyn Bragg (writer / broadcaster), Sacha Baron Cohen (actor), Jonathan Ross (broadcaster), Jeremy Bowen (BBC journalist).

Politics: Gordon Brown, John Prescott, Chris Patten, Douglas Hurd, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush.
History Department:

History is compulsory for all students at Castleknock College to Junior Certificate and in Fourth Year (TY).

It is optional for Leaving Certificate where it has become a popular choice since the introduction of the Revised Syllabus in 2006 (see useful links).