Welcome to History

 Welcome to the History Department at Foyle College


We aim to  provide information about History at Foyle College, and give an insight into any events that take place during the academical year. We hope you find the department website helpful.


Year 14 Dublin Trip - Partition of Ireland A2 2

Year 14 historians visited Dublin from 4th - 6th February 2015 and toured various historical sites related to their Partition of Ireland A2 2 module.

The trip proved to be really useful in examining this important period in Irish History. 

Pupils visited the National museum of Ireland,  Dublin Castle, Leinster House, the National War Memorial Gardens, the Garden of Remembrance, Croke Park and Glasnevin Cemetery.  They also went on a two hour walking tour of revolutionary Dublin.

Hopefully their increased knowledge of the events from 1900 - 1925 (and lots of revision) will ensure fantastic exam results in the summer!

Mrs Dougherty and Mr Quigley.




Somme Heritage Centre visit

All Year Ten pupils enjoyed a History visit to the Somme Heritage Centre in Newtownards.  They toured a reconstruction of a trench system and tried on uniforms from the First World War.  They also learned about the weapons used in World War One and thought about the impact of the Great War, right up to the present day.  Pupils will be able to use this useful information when preparing for the Great War section of their Junior Certificate exam.



Welcome to Foyle College History Department


History is all about events in the past and how they have contributed to our modern world. 

In the Junior and Senior school, pupils develop an understanding of the past through the study of key developments in Ireland, Europe and the wider world.  They also develop the skills needed to examine sources of information about the past

We study CCEA GCSE and A Level modular History.  Pupils take examinations at the end of Year 11, 12, 13 and 14.


Head of Department

Mrs M. Dougherty B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E.


Mrs C. Robinson B. Ed (Hons)

Mr B. Quigley B.A. (Hons), M.A. P.G.C.E.




  • Our names, local place names and language all come from the past.
  • Our ideas and traditions have all come from the past.
  • The buildings of the past are still around us.
  • By studying the past we can begin to explain the reasons for conflict and differences in the world today.
  • The skills of the historian are useful in today’s world when we need to decide about the value or trustworthiness of information we receive from books, TV or the Internet.
  • Historians are well equipped with essential skills and personal capabilities which enable them to excel in many different careers.

                                       “History teaches everything, including the future.”