The process of contacting people in Ireland has been fantastic. A colleague linked me with a former student of his who now teaches at Trinity College in Dublin and has been most informative. I've already had some great communication with the staff at Museum of Free Derry- an amazing study in the manner in which museums portray tragedy as it is focused on the horrific events of Bloody Sunday. A real bonus has happened to be stumbling across historian Donal Buckley, who is one of Ireland's leading authorities on military history. We've had some fantastic conversations and he and his wife are going to be accompanying me on a tour of areas in West Cork relevant to the life and death of Michael Collins. What a fortunate find he turned out to be! He's also arranged for a tour with an author who has recently published on the topic, so I look forward to being able to fully resource the Easter 1916 Preliminary HSC study with some very new and innovative materials! Stay tuned!
I am also in the process of submitting a paper to present at the History Teachers Association National Conference in 2016. This will focus on a two-pronged idea: One, Michael Collins as a preliminary HSC personality study in order to prepare students for HSC style personality questions, and two, the resourcing of the preliminary Modern History topic "The Easter Rising"- I've presented on Republican and Loyalist murals for the HTA in 2015 and am incredibly supportive of their valuable work.
As a side note- Also very exciting to be contacted by the Sydney Morning Herald for their 'My Career' section. The more publicity for Irish history, the better, I say!