The Dublin Central Branch of the Royal British Legion celebrated a Remembrance Mass to honour the dead of the First World War, followed by a reception in the Dublin City Working Mens Club.   The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on City Quay dates from 1861, and is dedicated to Ireland’s seafarers.  …

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Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD launched the online access to Soldiers’ Wills (1914-1917) at the National Archives. This is the complete collection of official documents held by the NAI which directly relate to Irish soldiers in the First World War.   These wills relate to the period between 1914 and 1922…

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President Michael D Higgins officially launched the SIPTU 1913 Tapestry project on Tuesday, 6 November. This project is a partnership involving SIPTU, the National College of Art and Design, community groups, schools and the arts and crafts sector, including the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, the Embroidery Guild and the Irish Patchwork Society. The tapestry will tell…

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The Glencree Centre and Contemporary Christianity staged a production of the docudrama 1912: A hundred years on, at the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, on 6 November. This production features the voices of Unionist people of the time who decided to sign the Solemn League and Covenant.   The play deals with the controversy…

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A major international conference on the Irish Home Rule Crisis of 1912 took place in UCC on 19-20 October 2012.   The British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott, was the key speaker at the event. On foot of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech in October, outlining the British Government’s approach to the commemoration of…

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Donegal County Museum worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Thiepval Memorial Loyal Orange Order Convoy 1005 and the Donegal Ulster Centenaries Committee to create this exhibition, which tells the story of the signing of the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant. Through images and text, the exhibition places the signing of the Covenant…

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The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Eamon Gilmore TD, travelled to London on Thursday 6 September, where he delivered an address at King’s College London, opening an academic conference entitled “The Ulster Covenant 1912 – 2012″. The conference was organised by the Irish Studies Seminar group in cooperation with the Embassy…

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