General Information


The National University of Ireland Galway

Dr Paul Flynn

School of Education
The National University of Ireland Galway
Nuns Island
Republic of Ireland
Phone: +353-86173 7662

About the organisation

Queen’s College Galway was founded in 1845. Following construction of the iconic Quadrangle building, the University opened its doors four years later to the first cohort of just 68 students.From humble beginnings, NUI Galway has grown massively in size and reputation over the past 170 years. According to QS World University Rankings, the University is now among the Top 1% in the world, and we are recognised as being one of the best universities for our international outlook.

The history competition

The Breaking the SEAL programme, run under the umbrella of the university, has joined the EUSTORY Network in 2017. The first Irish competition encourages participants to engage with topics such as: photographic archives of the west of Ireland; archival content relating to Northern Ireland; and the development of the Abbey Theatre. The topic proposed focus on connecting local and family history to national and international history. Particular attention is paid to connecting the programme to the curricular content of the second level education system thus recognising the role of the classroom teacher as a critical stakeholder in the programme.


Typically, participants are 5th year senior cycle students and the competition is open to all students from the Republic of Ireland. Individual works are permitted as well as collaborative group projects. Only one work is permitted for each individual, collaborative group or class group participating.


Format of the work is free, although there are the following limitations: The work must not surpass the maximum requirement of the RSR project as set out by the State Examination Commission; all work must be submitted through the assigned digital platform; no hardcopy submissions will be accepted; if the work is a collaborative group project the contribution of all group members must be evident.


The panel is composed of academics, in-service teachers and pre-service history teachers.



Winners are afforded the opportunity to participate in the annual EUSTORY summit.

Competition Details