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Decade of Centenaries

Decade of Centenaries

The Decade of Centenaries commemorates an eventful decade in Ireland’s history which included the Home Rule campaign, World War One, the 1916 Rising through to the foundation of the Free State, the War of Independence and the Civil War. It was also a decade of social change which witnessed the suffrage movement and the 1913 Lockout. The Decade of Centenaries programme aims to commemorate these events in a tolerant, inclusive and respectful way.

Local Authorities oversee the Community Strand of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s Commemorative Programme. Funding is provided annually to each Local Authority and a programme of commemorations is submitted to the Commemorations Unit of the Department for approval. The Community Strand encourages a collaborative approach between the State, local authority network and community organisations.

A Decade of Centenaries Project Awards Scheme was advertised by Clare Councy Council in Dec 2019 inviting applications from community, historical and commemorative groups to commemorate events which happened in Clare in 1920.

The terms of the scheme are based on the guidance of the Commemorations Unit of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and follow the principles laid down by the Expert Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations. The Commemorations Unit recognise ‘that local cultural organisations, archives, museums and libraries act in positions of ‘cultural brokers’ and have formed meaningful relationships with local communities.’

Clare Decade of Centenaries Programme 2019

Decade of Centenaries Project Awards 2020

Inis Cathaigh Week of 1920 Remembrance through Music and Song from 29th July - 3rd August 2020
Lissycasey 1920 Remembrance Day on Sunday, 11th October 2020
Lissycasey Historical Lecture Series Monday 12th, Monday 19th and Monday 26th October 2020
Connolly Commemoration of death of Charles Lynch and local events during Heritage Week 2020
Clarecastle and War of Independence talk during Heritage Week 2020 with exhibition of Barrett papers
Oidhreacht an Chláir 'Events in Miltown Malbay in 1920' programme of events. Dates TBC
Mid Clare Brigade Commemoration Committee. Programeme of events includes Martin Devitt Commemoration on 23rd February 2020 and Rineen Ambush commemoration in September 2020.
Ruan/Dysart History Group commemoration of raid on Ruan Barracks in October 2020.
East Clare Memorial Committee commemoration of Scariff Martyrs in November 2020
Dúchas na Sionna commemoration of incarceration of Brig Gen Lucas on 11th July 2020
Whitegate Community Council commemoration of Scariff Martyrs at Williamstown in November 2020
Killaloe-Ballina Local History Society Summer Lecture Series and booklet for Summer 2020
Old Ennistymon Society Exhibition commemorating 1920 events in Lahinch and Ennistymon from 15th August - 5th September 2020, walk on 22nd Sept. and lecture series.
Feakle Ambush Commemorative Committee lecture and booklet for October 2020

Details of national Decade of Centenaries events can be found at

Clare County Library Website War of Independence articles

IRA Volunteers in County Clare
IRA Volunteers in County Clare: Biographies
Clare Witness Statements 1913-1921
John Minihan Papers

The Rineen Ambush
The War of Independence in West Clare
Memoirs of Andrew O'Donoghue, War of Independence
Peter Vaughan: From the Hindenburg Line to Rineen
War of Independence and Civil War: Patrick (Pat) Keane, Kilnamona
Witness to War 1917-1923: Commandant Séamus Hennessy
War of Independence Compensation Claims 1921 – 1923

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

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