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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 are involved in 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.
In Clare, a Decade of Centenaries Project
Awards Scheme was advertised by Clare Councy Council in Dec 2019 to
historical and commemorative groups to commemorate events which happened
in Clare in 1920. A limited number of €1,000 awards will be granted
to successful applicants. The closing date for applications is 17 January
In 2019, the Clare Decade of Centenaries Programme included:
- Exhibition on the Limerick Soviet in Shannon Library during Sept 2019 and showing of the related documentary.
- War of Independence Film Screenings in various library branches of Wind that Shakes the Barley and Michael Collins.
- Readings by children’s historical fiction author Brian Gallagher to primary school children in Shannon, Ennis, Miltown Malbay and Ennistymon.
- Clare County Library also organised a Lecture Series
in six branch libraries:
-Finally, a Project Award was granted to Éigse Thomáis Uí Aodha in Miltown Malbay, organised by Oidhreacht an Chláir. This Éigse included a lecture on the Black and Tans by Tomás Mac Conmara, an exhibition on the 1919 Dáil loan in Kilmurry Ibrickane Parish and events around the life of Tomás Uí Aodha.
The Commemorations Unit of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht oversees the commemorative programme which remember the significant historical events and themes during the period of the Decade of Centenaries (2013-2023).
The Expert Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations chaired by Dr Maurice Manning has advised the Government on the overall approach to commemoration.
The objective of the State Commemorative Programme for the years 2019-2023 is ‘to ensure that this complex period in our history, including the Struggle for Independence, the Civil War, the Foundation of the State and Partition, is remembered appropriately, proportionately, respectfully and with sensitivity.’1 The Programme has a four-strand approach: a State Ceremonial Strand of national commemorations, a Historical Strand of enquiry about this period using archival sources, a Community Strand and a Creative Imagination Strand to encourage artistic and creative expression of events.
Details of national Decade of Centenaries events can be found at www.decadeofcentenaries.com
Josepha Madigan, Minister of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltact: “I believe that local authorities have a leading role in supporting the national conversation about this period, by encouraging respectful, inclusive and authentic citizen engagement, debate and analysis, which is sensitive to the local context.’ March 2019.
1 Statement from Minister Josepha Madigan January 2019