August 2021



August 2021 News and updates on the programme of commemorations relating to the events in Irish history that took place between 1912 and 1923.  If you would like to inform us of any suitable material for future newsletters – anything related to the Decade of Centenaries – please feel free to email centenaries@historyireland.com.   

1. Lectures and Events (some require registration)  

Heritage Week 2021 DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE

Irish Women and the Great War – A Lecture by Dr Fionnuala Walsh.(Tuesday 17th August)
 Dr Fionnuala Walsh, Assistant Professor in Modern Irish History, UCD, discusses the impact of the Great War on the lives of women in Ireland and their vital involvement in the war effort. The talk will be hosted by Louth Library Service’s Historian in Residence Dr. Thomas Tormey. 
Online on Tuesday 17th August at 7.30pm
REGISTRATION HERE


South County Dublin Decade of Centenaries Lectures South Dublin Council Council are hosting eight lectures, between September and November, covering the Decade of Centenaries.  The first in the series will be held on Saturday, 4th September @11am.  
David McCullagh will speak on the topic of: From Truce to Treaty: de Valera’s 1921 
REGISTRATION HERE 

Remembering 1920 War, Politics and Sport 
Email: 1920conference@mu.ie for details and registration   
West Cork History Festival  
Held online earlier this month, the various talks and discussions are now available for viewing. DETAILS HERE
                   
2. Projects   War of Independence in Waterford 
New online map for the War of Independence in Waterford Waterford Commemorations Committee have compiled and made available an online Story Map to tell the story and map the events of the War of Independence in Waterford City and County. The StoryMap aims to map the events, political, personal and military of the War of Independence and provide the story of these events. 
DETAILS HERE  

Offaly and the Decade of Centenaries  Offaly has a wide ranging commemorations programme, available through the link.  
OFFALY DETAILS HERE                                                           

Mná100  Westmeath Women
Alice Ginnell, Kitty O’Doherty, Lizzie Leonard, Eileen McGraneMná100 in partnership with County Westmeath’s Decade of Centenaries Historian-in-Residence Dr Paul Hughes focuses on a number of women from Westmeath and where they were 100 years ago when the Truce was declared. During the campaign for independence, these Westmeath women were among several from the county who made significant contributions locally, nationally and internationally. READ MORE                                          

3. Podcasts  ‘Truce’  A century ago, at noon on 11 July 1921, a truce came into effect in the Anglo-Irish war between the IRA and Crown forces.Why did it happen then—and why had peace feelers in late 1920 failed?What motivated each side to sue for peace? What were their expectations? To address these and other questions tune in to History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with John Dorney, David McCullagh, Eve Morrison and Padraig Óg Ó Ruairc.
This Hedge School is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative. 
AVAILABLE HERE

 ‘Kilkenny in the Revolutionary Decade’  Kilkenny was described by Ernie O’Malley as ‘slack’ during the War of Independence.Was this really the case? Kilkenny has a notable revolutionary history—as crucible of the Tithe War (1830s), birthplace of one the founders of the IRB, James Stephens (1858), and a rebel turnout, albeit small (1916). Also, the attack and capture of Hugginstown RIC barracks by the IRA in March 1920 was one of the earliest of such attacks in the country, and the county was to the fore in the ‘counter state’, with particularly active Dáil Courts. To address the question of Kilkenny’s role in the revolutionary decade, including the role of women, tune in to History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with Mary McAuliffe, Orla Murphy and Eoin Walsh. This Hedge School is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative. 
 AVAILABLE HERE 

‘The Propaganda war  in the Revolutionary Decade’  According to British Prime Minister David Lloyd George Irish nationalists were ‘natural propagandists’. How accurate was this description? How did they breach what Arthur Griffith called the ‘paper wall’ of British news coverage? How important was the new medium of film? And what was the role of women as both the disseminators and objects of propaganda? To address these and other questions join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with Ciara Chambers, Darragh Gannon, Maurice Walsh and Margaret Ward.
This Hedge School is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and
Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative. AVAILABLE HERE                                              

5. Publications

This new publication, which has been produced as part of the Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations programme, collates the available biographical information on each of these fatalities. It has been compiled and edited by Karel Kiely, James Durney and Mario Corrigan of the Kildare Library and Arts Service. The book is available to purchase in local independent bookshops and the Kildare Town Heritage Centre. 
For further information please contact cilldara2016@gmail.com 

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