Editor’s Blog

Publication of ‘Decade of Centenaries: Second Phase Guidance, 2018—2023’ by Expert Advisory Group.

On Tuesday 8 January 2019 Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., today (8 January) outlined how the government plans to approach the development of an appropriate programme to mark the remainder of the Decade of Centenaries (2019—2023), marking the publication of ‘Decade of Centenaries: Second Phase Guidance, 2018—2023’ by the Expert Advisory…

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New pop-up museum on 100 years of women in politics and public life

On 14 December 2018 the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, officially opened a new pop-up museum, entitled 100 years of Women in politics and public life 1918–2018, exploring 100 years of women’s participation in politics and public life. The ‘pop-up’ is an initiative of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the…

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Understanding the December 1918 general election

The postwar UK general election of 14 December 1918 was one of the pivotal events of the Irish revolution. A newly expanded Irish electorate including, for the first time, some (though by no means all) Irish women, voted in unprecedented numbers in favour of the post-1916 incarnation of Sinn Féin, who fought their election campaign on…

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New online exhibition to mark centenary of election of Constance Markiewicz to Westminster

Richmond Barracks have developed a new online exhibition entitled “You never saw such excitement”: The 1918 Election of Countess Markievicz, in partnership with Google Arts and Culture.  This exhibition focuses on the two year period following the release of Countess Markievicz from Aylesbury Prison in June 1917 to her appointment as Minister for Labour in…

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‘Markievicz: Portraits and propaganda’, National Gallery of Ireland, 27 October 2018-10 February 2019

On 27 October 2018 the National Gallery of Ireland opened a new exhibition on the life of Constance Markievicz, née Gore-Booth (1868-1927), entitled Markievicz: Portraits and propaganda. Markiewicz was a leading figure of the Irish revolutionary period, playing a prominent role in the struggle for women’s suffrage and the fight for Irish independence. A trained artist, Markievicz…

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4-10 November 2018: National Library of Ireland programme for centenary of 1918 Armistice, National Library of Ireland, Dublin 2

From Sunday 4 November to Saturday 10 November 2018 the National Library of Ireland will be presenting diverse programme of talks, tours, lectures and more to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice and the end of the First World War. Beginning with a performance of Michael Holohan’s ‘Gallipoli, the GPO, and Flanders’ on Sunday 4…

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Commemorating the ‘Spanish Flu’ of 1918-19

The global influenza pandemic of 1918-19 – the so-called ‘Spanish flu’ – killed as many as 50 million worldwide. The huge mobilisation and demobilisation of troops before and after the end of the First World War seems to have spread it across the globe, and, having been first recorded in Belfast in June 1918, the flu…

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RMS Leinster centenary programme, October 2018

10 October 2018 marks the centenary of the worst maritime disaster ever recorded in the Irish Sea: the sinking of the RMS Leinster by a German U-boat just off the Kish Bank, outside Dublin Bay. The Leinster was originally built for the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company to service its route across the Irish Sea, and…

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Decade of Centenaries all-island schools’ history competition 2019

This competition for primary and post-primary schools is sponsored by the Department of Education and Skills, UCC School of History and History Ireland. There are four categories: Ireland and the First World War; revolution in Ireland; local or regional issues; and national issues. There will be prizes for the best primary and post-primary project in…

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