Lesson 3 - Éamon de Valera

Understanding 1917 & Beyond

Lesson 3 - Éamon de Valera

Éamon de Valera is one of the most well known political figures of twentieth century Ireland. De Valera played a prominent role throughout a defining period of Irish history; he fought on the streets of Dublin during the Easter Rising, lead Sinn Féin to a historic election victory, he was a political leader during the War of Independence and the Civil War, founded Fianna Fáil and was the head of state for the Irish Republic on three occasions.

Resources with links to Statutory Requirements



  • Review the resources and links in order to recognise Éamon de Valera’s contribution to a significant period in Irish history.
  • Using the information from the links as an example, prepare and complete a creative response to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the topic.

Opportunities for Cross Curricular learning

Using ICT

The resources examine the topic utilizing a number of different media, which serve to engage pupils with the material, challenging them to think more creatively and encourage discussion.

The resources could inspire tasks that would support presenting, researching, desktop publishing, working with moving images, working with images and working with sound.


The resources provide pupils with the opportunity to develop their talking and listening, reading and writing skills through independent learning and shared experience.

Opportunities for Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

Using the content, pupils have the opportunity to investigate meaning, explore ideas and analyse the information they are provided with. Within their individual learning, through group work and by questioning ideas, there is ample scope within the materials to include a focus on TS & PC. For this section, the following strands from the TS & PC framework are the most obvious to consider:

Managing Information

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • select, classify, compare and evaluate information; and
  • communicate with a sense of audience and purpose.

Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • make links between cause and effect;
  • use different types of questions; and
  • make connections between learning in different contexts.

Being Creative

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • experiment with ideas and questions;
  • challenge the routine method; and
  • take risks for learning.

Working with Others

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • listen actively and share opinions;
  • be fair;
  • respect the views and opinions of others and reach agreements using negotiation and compromise; and
  • suggest ways of improving their approach to working collaboratively.


Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • be aware of their personal strengths, limitations and interests; and
  • organise and plan how to go about a task.

Opportunities to develop

Possible Task

Using desktop publishing software/comic creation software, create a comic that assesses Éamon de Valera’s involvement and contribution in a significant period of Irish history.

Working in pairs, research and save a collection of images of Éamon de Valera and assess and evaluate his contribution in events such as the 1918 General Election, the War of Independence and the Civil War.

Areas of Learning: The Arts (Art and Design), Language and Literacy (English/Irish with Media Education), Environment and Society (History)

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