December 2020

December 2020  
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 [email protected].  

Markievicz Award The purpose of this award is to: 

a. honour Constance de Markievicz — herself an artist — as the first woman, to be elected to parliament and appointed to Cabinet; 

and to b. provide support for artists from all backgrounds and genres to buy time and space in order to develop new work that reflects on the role of women in the period covered by the Decade of Centenaries 2012-23, and beyond.  

Markievicz Award recipients will receive €20,000, and awards will be made to up to ten applicants in 2021. 

Joint applications are welcomed. 

The award is administered by the Arts Council on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and is open via a public call to artists working in all arts genres supported by the Arts Council.  

Guidelines will be available mid-December 2020.2021 will be the 3rd year of the Award.


The GAA Museum curated an extraordinary programme of events for the commemoration of Bloody Sunday.  On 21st November 2020 a commemorative event in Croke Park was narrated by actor Brendan Gleeson.  

The event can be watched *here* (there maybe limitations viewing the RTÉ Player outside the Republic, but there are other sites carrying clips of the event).   


History Ireland Bloody Sunday podcasts 

History Ireland has three recent podcasts on Bloody Sunday. 

The events of Sunday 21 November 1920 are well named. Within fifteen hours on that fateful day, 32 people died: in the morning, eleven British intelligence officers killed by Michael Collins’s ‘squad’ (plus two Auxiliaries and two civilians); in the afternoon, fourteen civilians killed by British forces at Croke Park (including player Michael Hogan of Tipperary); and that evening, in murky circumstances in Dublin Castle, two high-ranking IRA officers, Dick McKee and Peadar Clancy, and civilian Conor Clune. 

1. History, Memory and Bloody Sunday 1920 Did these events mark a decisive turning point in the ongoing War of Independence? How were they presented at the time? How are they remembered today? History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham discusses these and related matters with Joe Connell Jnr, Dr Siobhán Doyle, Dr Brian Hanley and Professor Fearghal McGarry. 

2. Bloody Sunday 1920—the Tipperary Connection Founded in Thurles in 1884, the GAA has had a long association with Tipperary, an association intensified by the events of Bloody Sunday, 21 November 1920, when Crown forces attacked a Dublin vs Tipperary football match at Croke Park. Three of the fourteen victims were from Tipperary, including, famously, the only player killed on the day, Michael Hogan. History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in conversation with John Flannery, Aogán Ó Fearghail, Enda O’Sullivan and Jayne Sutcliffe.  

3. Commemorating Bloody Sunday in the Junior Cycle history classroom To discuss Bloody Sunday events, with particular relevance to history teachers, History Ireland editor Tommy Graham is in discussion with Donal Fallon, John Gibney, Liz Gillis and Angela Hanratty. 

Podcasts available here


History on your Doorstep   
Dublin City Council’s Historians in Residence (HIRs) and historian Liz Gillis, have written a special commemorative edition of the popular series, History on Your Doorstep,  dedicated to Bloody Sunday. The book is free and will be available to pick up in any Dublin City Library, subject to public health restrictions. 

An electronic (pdf) version of the book is now available

The book covers various aspects of the day and its aftermath with chapters on:
‘We have Murder by the Throat’: Bloody Sunday 21 November 1920 by Liz Gillis

Croke Park on Bloody Sunday, 21 November 1920 by Cormac Moore, HIR Dublin Central Area

Bloody Sunday 1920 in the Press by Mary Muldowney, HIR for the Central Area

Dick McKee: ‘A Famous Finglas Patriot’ by James Curry, HIR, Dublin North West Area

After Bloody Sunday…Murders, Raids and Roundups by Catherine Scuffil, Dublin South Central and South East Area  

Dublin City Libraries has produced an online exhibition about Bloody Sunday which is available in Irish here as well as a podcast and reading list on Bloody Sunday. 


What’s in a Name? Dun Leary – Kingstown – Dún Laoghaire: A Visual History  

dlr Libraries acquired nearly 700 postcards of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area from the sale of the Seamus Kearns Collection of Postcards in 2019. These images form the basis of a publication entitled What’s in a Name? Dun Leary – Kingstown – Dún Laoghaire: A Visual History, an accompa
nying onsite and online exhibition featuring a selection of these postcards and a series of talks and videos to mark the centenary of the name change.

In addition, a Primary Schools resource for teachers can be found *here*. 


The Burning of Cork December 1920 
 1920 was a year of profound importance in Ireland’s history. During this time of great challenges and strife, Cork City played a pivotal role in our country’s fight for freedom. It has been Cork City Council’s aim to commemorate the centenary of 1920 to gain a deeper understanding of how Irish society has been shaped by our past and learn from the men and women of this era.

The Burning of Cork Exhibition at St Peter’s Cork

Lecture: Mapping the Burning of Cork [TODAY Wed 9th Dec]  UCC historian Dr Helene O’Keeffe re-examines the Burning of Cork through eyewitness testimony and new maps developed by the Atlas of the Irish Revolution team. Wednesday 9 December 2020, 7pm on Zoom. 

Lecture: Local Revolution: City Hall and the War of Independence [TOMORROW 10th Dec]  Join historian Bernard Kelly for this webinar where he discusses the occupation of City Hall by the Crown forces in December 1920. 

Democracy and Change
The 1920 Local Elections in Ireland  
The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in conjunction with the Local Government Archivists and Records Managers have published an extensive commemorative booklet covering the 1920 Local Elections.   The publication covers, inter alia, the introduction of Proportional Representation in Ireland, women and the elections, county and city councils in both rural and urban areas. 

Waterford and the 1920 Local Elections: Fighting for a Voice and a new Ireland 
As part of its Decade of Centenaries events Waterford City and County Council has recorded a series of talks exploring 1920 in Waterford and the voices that were fighting to be heard in the creation of a new Ireland. 

The Government of Ireland Act 1920—100 years of partition  Originally conceived as a ‘temporary’ amendment to the Third Home Rule Act, on the statute book since 1914, the 1920 Government of Ireland Act was presciently derided by the Freeman’s Journal as ‘the Dismemberment of Ireland Bill’—partition was the only element of it to endure. How did it come about and what were its effects over the following century? 

History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, discusses these questions with Dr Martin Mansergh, Cormac Moore, Dr Margaret O’Callaghan and Professor Brian Walker.


New Publications  Women and the Irish Revolution examines diverse aspects of women’s experiences in the revolution after the Easter Rising.
The complex role of women as activists, the detrimental impact of violence and social and political divisions on women, the role of women in the foundation of the new State, and dynamics of remembrance and forgetting are explored in detail by leading scholars in sociology, history, politics, and literary studies.

In this exciting new updated edition, drawing on new research and the most recent material in this field, John Dorney, historian and editor of The Irish Story website, examines the roots of the revolution, using the experiences of the men and women of the time.


This book provides an illuminating and unique analysis of the political rivalry between all the major parties during Ireland’s revolutionary years. Elaine Callinan places her study within the wider contexts of the modernization of propaganda during the Great War and the expansion of consumerism to conduct an examination of election activity – from candidate selection and fundraising to door-to-door canvassing, and everything in between.

The first comprehensive account to record and analyse all deaths arising from the Irish revolution between 1916 and 1921. 

This is the first comprehensive single volume history of County Kildare during the Irish Revolution of 1912-23.A noted garrison county, the concentration of British military personnel in Kildare was the highest in Ireland, and the Curragh was the most extensive military camp in the country.

In this comprehensively researched and scholarly work, the author tells a story that highlights the particular role of the men and women of Clare in the national conflict, which offers unique insights into the major events, successful ambushes, Black and Tan reprisals and controversial IRA executions during the national struggle for independence.


This is the first book-length study of the impact of the Great War on women’s everyday lives in Ireland, focusing on the years of the war and its immediate aftermath. Lecture here by the author.


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