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Decade of Centenaries

Decade of Centenaries

2022 Decade of Centenaries Clare Programme

Decade of Centenaries Project Awards 2022

The 2022 Decade of Centenaries Project Award grants have been allocated to the following projects:

Joe Ó Muircheartaigh - historical radio documentary.
Killaloe Ballina Local History Society - lectures on revolutionary period in Killaloe and history booklet
Inis Cathaigh Kilrush Comhaltas - Concert including songs from 1916-1923
West Clare War of Ind Comm - Commemorating the War of Independence in West Clare 1919-1921
Lissycasey Historical Committee - Remembrance Day and Time Capsule Project.
Martin Bourke, Cratloe - publication on Nan Hogan, Cumann na mBan leader from Cratloe.
Clare Roots Society - Garda Event commemorating arrival of Gardaí in Clare
Christy McNamara - commemorative song on Civil War period
East Clare Memorial Committee - East Clare Memorial Garden enhancement.
Cnoc na Gaoithe, Tulla - project on Liam Mellows connection to Tulla
Tulla Reaching Out - Tulla Workhouse booklet, vacated in 1922.
Mike Hanrahan - Crimson Warrior Film Screening and historical Q and A session.

Decade of Centenaries Programme

Six Days with Frank Shouldice. Performance in glór on 21 May 2022.

Information contact:

Decade of Centenaries Arts Project Awards 2022

Marie Connole 'Fracture: An Alchemy of Civil War' artworks
David O'Rourke - Timescale - artworks of the revolutionary period in Clare
Deirdre Scanlan and Tim Collins – Guardians of the Peace: 100 years of policing in County Clare, song and video

The Decade of Centenaries (2012-2023) commemorates an eventful decade in Ireland’s history. We have now reached the penultimate year. This is a complex and sensitive period in our history, as we mark the centenaries of events arising from the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty; the outbreak of the Civil War; and the foundation of the State. 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 Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media'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.

The terms of the Decade of Centenaires funding are based on the guidance of the Commemorations Unit of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media 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.’

Details of national Decade of Centenaries events can be found at

Queries can be emailed to:


2021 Decade of Centenaries Clare Programme

DeV and the Banner - History Ireland Hedge School
The Four Who Fell - interview with Tomás Mac Conmara by Joe Ó Muircheartaigh
An overview of papers of Joseph Barrett by Dr. Paul O'Brien
Clare in the Revolutionary Period History Ireland Hedge School
West Clare War of Independence Commemoration Committee. Publication
Glenwood Memorial Commemorative Committee
Mid Clare Brigade Commemoration Committee
Clare Roots Society - commemoration of Patrick Morrissey
Lissycasey Historical Committee. Lissycasey 1921 Remembrance Day
Joe Ó Muircheartaigh, Writer/Researcher/Historian. Brigades at War
Oidhreacht an Chláir, Miltown Malbay - Lecture by Dr Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc, Video of houses of Miltown Reprisals and School Project.
Lough Graney Community Development Association. Currakyle Ambush booklet here
Brian Spring in association with Clare Education Centre. Resource Pack here
Christy McNamara, Musician/Composer. House under the Hill
East Clare Memorial Committee
Inis Cathaigh Kilrush Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann. 2021 concert here
History Week 2021
Arts DOC Commissions 2021

Clare County Library Website War of Independence links:

Corofin Workhouse 1919-1920
Corofin and the Sky Over It: Life in Corofin during the Troubles
Banner in Turmoil: County Clare and the War of Independence exhibition
Clare Revolution 1916-1923 Part 1 by Ger Browne
Clare Revolution 1916-1923 Part 2 by Ger Browne
The War of Independence in Clare History Ireland Hedge School, History Week 2019
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
History Week 2020
Decade of Centenaries Clare Programme 2019
Decade of Centenaries Clare Programme 2020


History Week 2021

History Week 2021

History Week Programme

Marie Connole Irrepressible Women of Clare
Georgina Frost
Peg Barrett
Kathleen Talty
Beatrice Hare O'Brien
Kathleen Griffin

Dr. Tim Collins I fought the War – Re-voicing Clare women in the Revolutionary Period 1919-1924
Lyrics available here.

Mike Hanarahan Clare: Songs of Independence: The Ballad of the Crimson Warrior

Dr. Sinéad McCoole Mná100 Explore a Century of Change

Joe Ó Muircheartaigh Brigades at War (Soundcloud)

Cuimhneamh an Chláir Joe Kenneally: Child of 1921

Rita McCarthy The County Clare Nursery (Mother and Baby Home)
An accompanying exhibition can also be viewed here

Brian Spring Primary School Resource Pack
The Brave and the Bold: the War of Independence in County Clare

John Rattigan Curator Clare Museum
Artefacts of the Revolutionary Period: Kathleen Griffin Autograph Book

Dr. Joe Power Clare during the Civil War

John Rattigan, Curator Clare Museum Artefacts of the Revolutionary Period 2: Barrett Family Artefacts

Art O’Donnell: the Quiet Idealist (Clare People of the Revolutionary Period Series by Clare County Library)

Dr. Mary McAuliffe.
Republican surveillance of women during the War of Independence: case studies of gendered violence from Co Clare

Dr. John Treacy The Story of Clare and its People 1570-2020 (book launch video)

John Rattigan Curator Clare Museum
Artefacts of the Revolutionary Period 3: John (Seán) Breen of Kilmihil

Dr. Áine Hensey
The Rebel Priests of Mullagh: the roles of Fr. Pat Gaynor and Fr Michael McKenna in the War of Independence

‘Two Clare Lives’ – a documentary on Art O’Donnell and Michael Brennan by Rita McCarthy

History Week 2020

Aspects of the War of Independence in Clare by Dr. Joe Power
Peadar Clancy - Rebel and Leader by Pat Shannon
Tom Markham and the War of Independence by Joe Ó Muircheartaigh
The News from Clare 1920 Podcast by Rita McCarthy
Artefacts of the War of Independence: Ingenuity by John Rattigan
Artefacts of the War of Independence: Proclamation by John Rattigan
Artefacts of the War of Independence: Doyle by John Rattigan
Clare: Songs of Independence: The Time has Come by Mike Hanrahan
Clare: Songs of Independence: Burning' by Mike Hanrahan
Reading from play 'Two Days in September' by Dermott Petty

Clare Decade of Centenaries Programme 2019

Clare Decade of Centenaries Programme 2020


Supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries programme.

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