Advancing history education

The past is never dead. It's not even past.
William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun quoted by Barack Obama
Cork History Teachers Assoc.



The Cork History Teachers’ Association (Cork HTA) is dedicated to the promotion and teaching of History in Ireland. The Cork HTA was founded in 1965. We are a national association with members from Kerry to Donegal, and Mayo to Dublin. As an organisation with a growing and active membership, we are a strong voice locally and nationally for representing historical education at secondary level.


Our key aims are to advance the teaching and learning of History, and to support the work of History teachers at secondary level.


We welcome members from all over the country. Members are automatically added to our mailing list for latest news and new resources, including materials for promoting History in schools. Members have full access to our website resources, including a regular newsletter. Members can attend all our events for free.


We organise seminars and workshops for teachers, and seminars for senior cycle and junior cycle students. We also organise History quizzes for students.


We are active on social media via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Our Facebook Forum is a private discussion group for History teachers where resources are shared and issues are discussed.



The aims of the Cork HTA are:

  • To support the teaching and learning of history in the Irish education system

  • To enhance the status of history in schools

  • To encourage and assist the teaching of history through Irish

  • To provide a forum for discussion and the sharing of resources between history teachers

  • To keep teachers informed of new history teaching methodologies

  • To continuously review curricula and assessment


OFFICERS, 2021-22


Chairperson: John Cowhey, St. Aloysius' College, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork

Secretary: Dermot Lucey, 15 Woodberry, Greenfields, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Treasurer: Michael Dunphy, 12 Palaceanne Lawn, South Douglas Road, Cork