On Wednesday 26 November Meath archaeological and historical society held its annual ‘Decade of Centenaries’ lecture, which was delivered by Ruth Illingworth and was entitled ‘National Volunteers and Irish Volunteers in Meath’. The lecture took place in St Mary’s Church of Ireland Hall, Navan.   On the outbreak of the First World War the Irish Volunteers in…

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On Tuesday 25 November at 7pm a History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ debate took place in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2, on the topic of ‘Dublin at war, 1914-18’. The debate was chaired by Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland, and the panelists were Padraig Yeates, Brian Hanley, Ann Mathews, and David Fitzpatrick (TCD).  …

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On 20 November 2014 the National Library of Ireland opened its new exhibition World War Ireland. This free exhibition at the National Library of Ireland that focuses on the unique aspects of the Irish WWI experience. Running from November 2014 through to 2018, the exhibition draws on the NLI’s collections of letters, diaries, recruiting posters,…

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On Monday 17 November the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, and the Minister for Education in the north, John O’Dowd MLA,  launched the 2015 ‘Decade of Centenaries’ all-island schools history competition. The competition, which is being sponsored this year by Mercier Press, invites primary and post primary students from schools across Ireland to submit…

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On Sunday 16 November German Remembrance Day was marked at a ceremony in Glencree, Co. Wicklow. Germany observes this day of remembrance every year in honour of all victims of the two World Wars.   At 12 noon on Sunday 16 November an ecumenical service was held at St. Kevin’s Chapel by Father Damian MacNeice,…

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On Saturday 15 November Declan Beatty delivered an illustrated talk entitled ‘Fallen, Lost, Found: The Story of Private Thomas Lawless’ in Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse St, Dublin 2. Thomas Lawless was from Dublin and emigrated to Canada and fought in the First World War as part of the 49th Battalion, Canadian Army. He…

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On 13-14 November Mercier Press launched two new photographic histories relating to the ‘Decade of Centenaries’. Liz Gillis’ Women of the Irish Revolution was launched by Dr Mary McAuliffe on Thursday 13 November at Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin 8; Cormac Ó Comhraí’s Ireland and the First World War was launched by Prof. Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh on Friday 14…

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On Wednesday 12 November at the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, An Tánaiste, Joan Burton TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, officially launched Ireland 2016; a national initiative which includes a…

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